- Community Empowerment
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
AOU Second Board Meeting
Queen Rania underlines the Arab Open University's role in furthering quality education in the Arab World
Kuwait - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, co-chair of the Arab Open University (AOU) Board of Trustees, underlined the important role of the university in promoting quality education in the Arab world.
On a one-day working visit to Kuwait, Queen Rania chaired the second meeting of the AOU’s Board of Trustees, with the participation of Her Highness Sheikha Majida Al-Jaber Al Sabbah, His Highness Prince Turki Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, Kuwaiti Minister of Higher Education Dr. Rashid Al-Hamad and AOU President Dr. Munther Salah.
Her Majesty said she hoped this meeting would come up with practical means to boost the role of the AOU, its future plans and academic specializations offered, adding the idea of establishing the university stemmed from the pressing need for this kind of education, especially with current changes and circumstances affecting the Arab World.
During the meeting, attended by a number of ministers of higher education and education experts from the Arab world, Members of the Board reviewed the AOU’s annual report, future plans, and the international accreditation system that would allow students to continue their higher education in international universities.
They also discussed the AOU program with UNESCO of building a telecommunications network linking all its branches in Arab countries. In addition to teleconferencing, the network will allow the AOU to transmit lectures delivered in any branch to all other branches.
Co-chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also President of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organization (AGFUND), the AOU headquartered in Kuwait, started branches in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Ara