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Current Aspects and Prospects of ICT in the Arab Higher Education Sector: Literature Review

Current Aspects and Prospects of ICT in the Arab Higher Education Sector: Literature Review
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Author(s): Ali Sharaf Al Musawi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 22
Source title: Information Systems Applications in the Arab Education Sector
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fayez Albadri (Abu Dhabi University, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1984-5.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter offers a brief overview of the current status of formal governmental support for technology integration in the higher education sectors in different countries in the Arab World, in addition to presenting some major initiatives started and implemented in some of the Arab states. Several distinguished initiatives in the Arab countries are reviewed to reflect on the strategies in higher education institutions. The policies and strategies that regulate technology implementation in these countries are described. Analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges is conducted. Implications are drawn from the different experiences. The chapter suggests solutions that are required to overcome the weaknesses by presenting thoughts for creative improvements in the future with emphasis on training and infrastructure aspects. Moreover, solutions and recommendations as suggested by the research are summarized in fields of implementation in education.

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