UNESCO has named Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Chairman of the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE) Governing Board, as a Member of the Expert Committee of Digital Strategies for Higher Education in the Arab World. UNESCO has formed this committee to formulate digital strategies for higher education in the Arab World by developing a scientific plan to support the region’s quality of teaching and learning.


The committee will begin its first tasks in Egypt, following an invitation from the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education to UNESCO to help them develop a digital strategy for the country’s higher education sector. It will visit Cairo after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday to conduct a number of meetings with officials responsible for Egypt’s higher education. In addition, it will undertake field visits to some higher education institutions as well as hold discussion with specialists. The visit will help the committee in evaluating the use of ‘smart’ technology in these institutions, enabling them to draw a roadmap of steps and procedures to be undertaken by Egyptian officials as the basic parameters for implementing the digital strategy for higher education. Once implemented, it will contribute in improving and enhancing the quality of educational services in Egypt which will then be conducted through digital means and smart technology.

Dr. Al Awar has been chosen as an Expert Member of the committee because of his outstanding performance in introducing Smart-Learning to the Arab World through HBMSU. The smart university is the region’s forerunner in smart education and a beacon of academic excellence that has successfully bridged the digital divide in education by introducing innovative and flexible programs and courses. The rest of the region is now learning how to maximize the full potential of the HBMSU model of learning. Moreover, the university facilitates smooth transfer of knowledge across the region.

The exemplary scientific outlook of Dr. Al Awar in terms of quality, knowledge and innovation was the greatest reason for his selection as Expert Member of the committee to. His expertise is also evidenced in his recent book – ‘Quality and the Future of Higher Education,’ in which he discussed his experiences at HBMSU.

In his first statement after being chosen as a member of the Expert Committee of Digital Strategies for Higher Education in the Arab World, Dr. Al Awar said: “I am delighted to have been given an opportunity to share my experience at HBMSU with my Arab colleagues. This experience embodies the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for higher education as well as the implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU.”

H.E. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the HBMSU Board of Governors, said: “Choosing Dr. Al Awar as a member of the Expert Committee of Digital Strategies for Higher Education in the Arab World is a clear evidence of the UAE’s foresight in nurturing its human resources. It also reflects the importance of choosing talented local leaders who are capable of fulfilling their responsibilities and honorably representing their homeland.”


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