Vision - Mission - History Arab Open University AOU 1b6f6e6b-2814-4bc2-aa1b-84429419ae32 Students in Arab Countries The AOU has more than 22,460 students in seven countries and has celebrated graduation of more than 12,000 students, more than 50% of which are females. Talal Bin Abdulaziz The idea of establishing a non-profit Open University in the Arab world was initiated by HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz President of the Arab Gulf Development Programe (AGFUND). In 1996 HRH Prince Talal officially announced the concept of establishing the Arab Open University as a non-conventional academic institution and as a foundation which contributes to steering development in scientific, social and cultural spheres. This initiative developed to a full pledged Arab Open University in 2002 in a strategic partnership with the Open University in the United Kingdom. Open University The Open University is a world leader in modern blended learning and the pioneer of teaching and learning methods, which enable people to achieve their career and life goals through studying at times and in places convenient to them. The OU works with other organisations in many ways, by providing courses, collaborating on new curriculum, validating programmes and sharing our expertise to help other blended learning ventures become a reality. AOU is an Approved Institution of the OU, delivering OU Validated Awards. All undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications offered in the faculties of Business Studies, Computer Studies and Language Studies at the AOU are validated by The Open University.The focus for all our collaborative ventures is on finding new ways to fulfil our mission of opening up educational opportunities to more people in more places. Kuwait The AOU headquarter is located in the state of Kuwait Higher Education Seekers Admission criteria for undergraduate programs at the Arab Open University revolve around student's providing an official general secondary school certificate. Other criteria, AOU will consider for admission Community College (CC) graduates seeking to earn additional credits to complete the requirements to graduate from the CC. The AOU will also consider students who have successfully completed "relevant" courses at a recognized higher learning institution. AOU Branches The idea of establishing a non-profit Open University has 7 branches (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jourdan, Lebanon, Bahrain and Oman) in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia Egypt Jourdan Lebanon Bahrain Oman Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) International Council for Open and distance Education (ICDE) Association of Arab Universities AOU Board of Trustees The board of trustees sets and endorses strategies and policies of the AOU Talal Bin Abdul Aziz HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz - CHAIRMAN Rania Al Abdullah HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah - CO CHAIR, KINGDOM OF JORDAN Yousef Al Ebraheem Dr. Yousef Al Ebraheem - Advisor for Economic Affairs to H.H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait Ali Fakhro Dr. Ali Fakhro - President Executive Committee AOU, Kingdom of Bahrain Nasser Al Kahtani Mr. Nasser Al Kahtani - Executive Director of AGUFUND, Saudi Arabia Moudi Al-Humoud Prof. Moudi Al-Humoud - Rector of AOU Moufid Shehab Dr. Moufid Shehab - Egypt Mohammad Hamdan Dr. Mohammad Hamdan - Advisor Arab Open University, Kingdom of Jordan Yousef Al Bassam Eng. Yousef Al Bassam - Vice President of The Saudi Fund for Development Khalid Al Turki Mr. Khalid Al Turki - President Al Turki Group, Saudi Arabia Abu Baker Al Qirbi Dr. Abu Baker Al Qirbi - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen Abdel Moneim Osman Dr. Abdel Moneim Osman - Director of UNESCO Regional Office Faisal Bin Salman HRH Prince Faisal Bin Salman - Chairman & CEO Saudi Research & Marketing Group Mohammed Al Tawail Dr. Mohammed Al Tawail - President Al Tawail Management Consulting & Training, Saudi Arabia Kutayba Alghanim Mr. Kutayba Alghanim - President of Alghanim Industries, State of Kuwait Mohammad Masrouji Mr. Mohammad Masrouji - Chairman Jerusalem Pharmaceuticals Company Hani Mourtada Dr. Hani Mourtada - Former Minister, Syria Imad Baalbaki Dr. Imad Baalbaki - Assistant Vice President for Development of American University of Beirut Suhair Al Qurashi Dr. Suhair Al Qurashi - President & CEO of Dar Al- Hekma College, Saudi Arabia AOU University Administration Moudi Al-Humoud Prof. Moudi Al-Humoud - Rector Mohamed Mirghani Dr. Mohamed Mirghani - Vice Rector for Administration and Financial Affairs Mustafa Achoui Prof. Mustafa Achoui - Vice Rector for Research, Planning & Development Marwan M. Al-Akaidi Prof. Marwan M. Al-Akaidi - Vice Rector for Academic Affairs AOU Deans Salem Nechi Dr. Salem Nechi - Dean, Faculty of Business Administration Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh Prof. Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh - Dean, Faculty of Language Studies Majed Abu Jaber Prof. Majed Abu Jaber - Dean, Faculty of Education Ahmad S. Tolba Prof. Ahmad S. Tolba - Dean, Faculty of Computer Studies AOU Branch Directors Salem Al Ghamdi Salem Al Ghamdi, Ph.D, Professor of Communications - Branch Director, Saudi Arabia Branch Fairouz Farah Sarkis Fairouz Farah Sarkis, Ph.D, Professor of Mathematics Education - Branch Director, Lebanon Branch Moosa Al-Kindi Moosa Al-Kindi, Ph.D, Asso. Prof. of Educational Technology - Branch Director, Oman Branch Abdel Aziz Khamis Abdel Aziz Khamis, Ph.D, Professor of Computer Science - Branch Director, Egypt Branch Naif B. Almutairi Naif B. Almutairi, Ph.D, Associate Prof. of Electrical Engineering - Branch Director, Kuwait Branch Mohammad Abu Qudais Mohammad Abu Qudais, Ph.D, Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Branch Director, Jordan Branch AbdAlrahman ALAwadhi AbdAlrahman ALAwadhi, Ph.D, Assistant Professor - Acting Branch Director, Bahrain Branch A pioneering Arab Open University dedicated to building the science and knowledge society. 5c6dd3ca-3bf5-4d07-b78b-231c4130fa6b Develop and disseminate knowledge, and build expertise according to international quality standards without time or geographical barriers for the sake of contributing and preparing manpower for development needs, and to build science and knowledge society in the Arab countries. debf715e-5577-493f-bbd1-9e5bf4683f84 Blended Higher Education Venues The Arab World is witnessing a rise in blended higher education venues and is constantly assessing their viability and impact on our development. The Arab Open University (AOU) take pride of being the pioneer of this ambitious project and stands ready to nurture the new concept in university education delivery at the highest standards. Educational Quality Since its inception in 2002, AOU has strived to offer blended higher learning programs in strategic partnership with the Open University in the United Kingdom. The Board of Trusties has created AOU's mandate on the premise of offering distinguished educational quality and assurance of equal learning opportunities for all eligible students. Equal Learning Opportunities Social Contribution AOU cherishes its social contribution, which we strive to achieve through a team spirit in our work environment and an attitude of being one family in serving our students. With that quality, we endeavor to facilitate the relevant affairs of the students and assist them in overcoming challenges they might face in the course of their studies. Team Spirit Social Corporate Responsibility AOU is excited to inform its community that it has started offering new graduate and post graduate programs to accommodate needs and requests. In doing so, we will enrich our alumni database with professionals in all disciplines and thus further fulfill our social corporate responsibility. After all, AOU graduates are our best ambassadors and to them we extend our profound appreciation and attribute the credit for our success. Open Learning An Open System of Education -- The main paradigm upon which the pillars of an open system of education stand lies in its flexibility to accommodate a wider base of Higher Education (HE) seekers, thereby offering open opportunities of education to many qualified applicants. This is attributed to paucity of constraints of admission hitherto found in traditional institutions. AOU recognizes that its open learning platform is mainly a blended education approach with quality standards as top priority. AOU open learning platform relies heavily on the tutoring process, thus promoting proactive learning. AOU's delivery methodology is based on programmed and progressive course lectures, besides other supporting forms of delivery, such as internet - based learning, blended with various components that aim to offer an environment of supported blended learning. Library and computer-based resources are also deployed throughout AOU's operations. These are augmented by a number of Learning Centres (LCs) in all our various regional branches. This approach is starkly different from the traditional education by correspondence concept. Diversity Media of Learning Foster a diversified number of learning media. 6d7b9706-8882-4ea1-b2ee-6c30f3b1544c 1 The AOU fosters a diversified number of appropriate and latest learning media including printed material, audio and videotapes, CD-ROMs, and Internet-based support. In addition, further instructional support is provided by the Learning Centers (LCs) via a dedicated integrated satellite network that includes a host of VSATs. A mixture of independent study and scheduled tutor-assisted sessions is provided to comprise the generic format of the learning platform at the AOU. Learning Centres are deployed in each participating country as integral components of the University branch. These LCs will be well equipped with local networks of personal computers, multimedia workstations, and multimedia facilities. 1e1232a4-21ec-4043-b47b-2d2b12262b3e d1f16cef-f3a5-4d36-a038-ce24e99dc0a3 Tutored Independent Learning Hold tutorials regularly and according to pre-announced schedules. afb88f3a-cfeb-4cc4-a56e-595b79471fd7 2 A Tutored System of Independent Study -- The philosophy of blended learning systems revolves around the idea of tutored independent learning. Typically, a student registered in a course would receive a package that contains printed material, audio-visual aids (video tapes, audio cassettes), and perhaps, compact discs (CD-ROM). The printed material comprises a comprehensive content of readings and a schedule of term assignments. Thematic term projects are programmed over the entire term in order to gauge and monitor the students' progress. Each course culminates in a final exam weighted against other elements in the course. Exams are held at all University branches at the same time, and centrally controlled by the University Head Offices in Kuwait. Exams are weighted at 50% of the total grade for the course, with the remaining 50% assigned to term work including TMAs and quizzes. Major component of self-learning at AOU revolves on tutorials held regularly and according to pre-announced schedules. Tutorials aim at establishing communication between students and teachers/tutors. They provide platforms for exchanging experience on the different aspects of self-learning and distance education, as well as fostering ties among students themselves. e6bcaab6-2e8b-4a00-af65-437ab989ae38 a3a94ff0-02ca-4ee9-ad7a-a836d736aa4d Integrated Platform of Learning Utilize various forms of information technology (IT) resources including the Internet as a medium of course delivery and support. 30a09390-a0c9-4a92-83d5-4502c78a1ee7 3 An Integrated Platform of Learning -- In principle, for every 20 students, a course-specialized tutor is assigned. The time schedules of the tutorial sessions are fully arranged prior to the commencement of the term. While these sessions allow for positive interaction between tutors and students, they also entice them to explore other logistic support resources available at the Learning Centres. LCs, in different AOU branches are connected by an integrated satellite network supported by a host of VSATs. Computer and multimedia laboratories are also intended to play an important role in enhancing the learning experience. These laboratories will be deployed at the LCs as integral components of logistic support for the learning process. Plans for utilizing various forms of information technology (IT) resources including the Internet as a medium of course delivery and support, in whole or in part, form primary components of the AOU's strategic planning. c65a21a1-7c6f-428a-8c0e-000ab26f67a5 ca9e03c6-5e02-4a35-a9a4-eaea3ef23feb 2013-09-26 Owen Ambur Submit error.