Fuente: Gulf News

E-learning has emerged as an organic product of global connectivity and technological advancement.

The strong internees connection offered by leading telcos coupled with the endless stream of sophisticated equipment being introduced to the market has led to the creation of a new industry that offers itself as an invaluable tool in the advancement of individuals, business and countries alike.

Drawing worldwide attention, the e-learning market has been experiencing significant growth and shows no signs of slowing down.

It is especially suitable in the Middle East with its high concentration of internet and mobile users. The region has just begun to appreciate the huge potential of the field and the key role it plays in enhancing the Gulf countries’ position in the international community.

At the moment, the value of the e-learning market in the region is expected to maintain a 7.6 per cent annual growth rate. The boost in numbers can be attributed to the steadfast commitment of the region’s governments to support the industry with the goal of enhancing the public and private sectors.

The result has been the integration of e-learning components to the strategic developments plans and national agendas of most Arab states. This is especially evident in the initiatives of the UAE National Vision 2021 and the Qatar National Vision 2030, along with other government programmes that are focused on investing in human resources and information and communication technology.

Countries in this part of the world want to harness e-learning in order to create a contemporary, vibrant and highly skilled workforce.

Corporations are also looking to e-learning to gain competitive advantage in an increasingly global arena. E-learning allows organisations to enhance and develop the skills of their personnel and keep abreast with emerging trends in their respective fields, thus allowing them to adapt to the dynamic market. Not only does it improve the efficiency and productivity of the workers, it also reduces costs, fosters progress, and improves job performance — all of which leads to higher revenues and smoother operations.

Procuring a certificate or diploma in an established institution through online education is a cost-effective method to create a host of new employment and professional development opportunities.

E-learning is a contemporary solution that addresses modern society’s need for continuous and easily accessible education. As a training and educational instrument that can be approached through a range of easily customised technological platforms, it creates a wealth of opportunities that can benefit all of society.