Distance education will contribute to developing digital economy, say experts

RIYADH: Distance learning will push Saudi Arabia forward on the path to digital transformation, experts say.

It is one of the innovative learning methods being used in Saudi Arabia to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but education officials also believe that distance learning can improve the level of education, reduce spending on education and increase users’ satisfaction.

Experts told Arab News that they are hopeful that distance education will contribute to developing the digital economy, provide equal opportunities for everyone, make education available indefinitely, provide learning opportunities for employees, improve the financial efficiency of the education sector, ensure that graduates meet the demands of the labor market, and create modern and innovative trends in the education sector.

Prof. Saad Haj Bakry, the author of “Knowledge Society Ecosystem,” said: “We live in the physical space that is the whole world around us. However, many of our activities in

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Online Originals: Brody School of Medicine allocates funding toward developing improved COVID-19 treatments, advancing vaccine research

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Brody School of Medicine has received $15 million in CARES Act funding from the North Carolina General Assembly to put toward COVID-19 initiatives.

It allocated the funding toward more than 20 different projects to help develop improved treatments, advance vaccine research, and minimize COVID-19’s impact in the region and state.

“We think about this as an emerging disease but in NC now there are about 180 thousand people who had it and in a typical year we get about 50 thousand people with diabetes, so this is going to approach 4 times the annual diabetes diagnosis.”  Dr. Peter Schmidt, Vice Dean Brody School of Medicine 

The funded projects fall into three categories related to COVID-19:

  • Treatments to enhance innate immunity to the virus.
  • Vaccine development and community testing initiatives.
  • Other funded projects aim to support high-risk and rural populations in the region and advance efforts
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Developing Skills That Lead to Jobs: Designing the New Normal with a Four-Point Plan

As 2020 has brought a pandemic, an acceleration into the future of work and a recession, higher education needs somewhat of a reform to accommodate today’s diverse learner population.

Let’s play a game of Jeopardy. The category is Learn-and-Work Ecosystem for $200. The answer: pandemic, future of work, and recession. The winning question: What is the perfect storm of 2020?

Unfortunately, this is not a game. We’re in the middle of a perfect storm: the largest pandemic of our lives; a major acceleration of the future of work; and the biggest recession in decades. Employers, policymakers and credential providers must work together to design the “new normal” in our economic recovery. Whatever normal was, is no longer.

We must build better programs that accelerate the development of skills that lead people to jobs. Fortunately, technology is on our side. We can leverage the power and promise of technology,

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