MoE and Coursera join hands to develop systems for lifelong learning in UAE

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The efforts are aimed at establishing local and international partnerships to promote credit-recommended content in the UAE  

Abu Dhabi, Feb 20, 2023: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coursera, an online learning platform, to develop an innovative lifelong learning system in the UAE. 

The MoU aims to enhance cooperation between the two parties in establishing local and international partnerships to promote credit-recommended content in the UAE. The partnership will also support UAE-based higher education institutions in developing credit-worthy micro-credentials. 

The agreement was signed during the World Government Summit (WGS) 2023 by Dr. Mohamed Ebrahim Al Mualla, Under-Secretary for Academic Affairs at MoE, and Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, in the presence of Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, and other senior officials. 

Dr. Al Falasi says that strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors are crucial to achieving the vision of improving the educational system in the UAE and building a knowledgeable society that raises the competitiveness of the country in various fields. 

Maggioncalda adds that the importance of career-relevant, accessible and flexible learning opportunities, with a strong emphasis on micro-credentials, in enabling the transition towards a knowledge-based economy.