Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation, and edX, the nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT, have signed an agreement that will position the university as the first in the Middle East to provide interdisciplinary courses through the online platform, accessible to millions of students around the world.
Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, President of HBKU, and Dr. Anant Agarwal, founder and CEO of edX and MIT professor, announced the partnership at an official signing ceremony in Boston, US. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the edX Global Forum, held from November 15-16. The annual gathering brings together edX’s partner network of senior leaders and digital learning innovators from the world’s leading universities and organizations to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collectively design the future of education.
Speaking at the signing, Dr. Hasnah said: “We invite students from across the globe to take advantage of innovative ways of accessing knowledge, both of which will provide an unprecedented opportunity for working professionals to advance their careers.”
“With innovation being a key objective of HBKU, we believe that this partnership with edX will enable us to bridge knowledge dissemination and allow the global community to benefit from unique offerings, which complement existing programs on the edX learning platform and remain mindful of pressing global challenges.
“As an ever-evolving sector, education has, in recent years, taken on new forms that go beyond the limitations of the conventional classroom setting. Our edX offerings are a manifestation of the University’s lifelong commitment to innovative academic approaches that transcend geographical boundaries.”
Dr. Agarwal said: "We are honored to welcome Hamad Bin Khalifa University to the edX global partner community. Both edX and HBKU share a mission to increase access to high-quality education for all learners, everywhere, in fields that tackle the challenges society faces at a global level.
“These include the need to identify new and innovative ways to provide sustainable energy, which is addressed in HBKU's Professional Certificate program. It was a delight to host Dr. Hasnah at our Global Forum this year and we look forward to furthering our partnership in the future."
The first program offered by HBKU on the edX platform, ‘Solar Energy in Hot Desert Climates’, focuses on advancing sustainable energy and combating global warming.
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