The approval of the High Commissioner was issued to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs at King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, King Faisal University, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, and Qassim University, starting from the second semester of the academic year 1442; Based on the conclusion of the Executive Committee of the Human Capacity Development Program headed by the Minister of Education and the membership of a number of ministers and officials to approve the unified executive plan to reopen e-learning and distance education programs; Based on the recommendations raised in this regard.The Minister of Education issued a decision to implement what was mentioned in the directive to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs. According to the approval of the recommendations of the Executive Committee of the Human Capacity Development Program, stressing that this decision comes as an extension of the continuous support and constant care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince for the education sector in all its tracks.
The Minister of Education’s decision to restrict the concerned universities to admission for this year to the three implementation stages mentioned in the executive plan included that the acceptance of students to e-learning and distance education programs shall not exceed (100%) of the number of students admitted to attendance programs for the same specialization, and that the admission for this year In diploma programs only for the specializations in Sales, Marketing, Banking, Insurance and General Administration until the current stage is evaluated and the impact measured.
The Minister of Education’s decision stipulated a commitment to providing e-learning and distance education programs through the academic departments of the programs in the colleges, adherence to e-learning standards for higher education in the Kingdom, and compliance with the licensing list to provide e-learning and training programs approved by the National Center for E-learning.
A committee to follow up the tasks and the quality of the programs
The Minister of Education’s decision included the formation of a committee headed by his Vice-President for Universities, Research and Innovation to undertake the tasks of periodic follow-up, ensure the quality of the programs offered, coordinate with universities in this regard, and submit an executive report in each semester on the educational process progress for each of the proposed e-learning and distance education programs In universities, the committee is also concerned with recommending the approval of new programs or the suspension of existing programs, and the recommendation to open admission to e-learning and distance education programs in the universities stipulated, or universities that are added in the future, in addition to the recommendation to stop programs that do not comply with the controls and standards stipulated in this the decision.
The decision to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs comes within an organized framework and high governance. In coordination and integration with the relevant authorities, in order to meet the needs of the labor market for national cadres.