Preparations are in full swing at Zayed University’s (ZU) campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to implement a hybrid education model through the Fall 2020 semester. The “hybrid” (or “blended”) education model aims to enable teaching and learning to continue both online and partially on campus, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZU, a national and regional leader of educational innovation, is offering online classes to students and a limited number of classes face-to-face across its campuses. The move reflects the University’s commitment to supporting the continuity of education for students, and its dedication to leveraging its robust technology infrastructure capabilities to ensure continuity of academic and educational services and readiness in reopening its campuses for the Fall semester.
Furthermore, the move comes directly in response to the recent announcement made by the Ministry of Education to prioritize remote lectures, and to limit campus attendance to staff and students using laboratories, studios and research facilities.
ZU commenced all classes online on Monday, August 24, and is set to switch the courses that require physical presence to face-to-face classes starting on September 6.
Speaking on the hybrid education model, Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, and President of Zayed University, said: “We are pleased to launch an enhanced face-to-face and online experience for the benefit of our students and employees this fall.
The hybrid model of education will provide ZU’s students and faculty with innovative ways to engage and complete their academic experience, while adapting to the prevailing scenario in the best way possible – either through in-person learning/work, remote learning/work, or a combination of both.”
She added: “In preparation for the Fall semester, the ZU committee has been working diligently to provide the resources and support that the faculty require to plan and prepare for various.