During knowledge and learning week at expo 2020, UOWD President highlights the requirement for transnational education


Professor Mohamed Salem, President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), spoke about the need of international collaboration during a Fireside Chat at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Knowledge and Learning Business Forum, which took place at the DP World Pavilion on 14 December 2021.

Professor Mohamed Salem, along with Heini Karppinen, Chair, Edtech Finland Association (Finland), participated in a panel discussion titled: Transnational Education as a Means to Improve Global Education Systems, which was hosted by Hazel Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Biz Group (UAE).

The President of UOWD spoke on how the pandemic has increased demand for a variety of educational services, such as transnational delivery, and how international collaboration can be a game-changer for a student’s professional development.

“Through creative learning methods, we are working in ways that would not have been conceivable before,” said Professor Mohamed Salem, President of UOWD. “Today’s event at Expo 2020 is clear evidence that international education will continue to grow and is here to stay.”

“Previously, students would have traveled abroad to study for an international qualification, but now, through a variety of collaborative partnerships, they are pursuing foreign degrees in local schools in their home or neighboring nations.” While the Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions, it has also served as a major enabler for students all over the world to stay on top of their academics and learn and develop in new and novel ways. I’m ecstatic to be a part of shaping the UAE’s next phase of educational development.”

Professor Mohamed Salem discussed how transnational education provided a powerful option for students in the local community, and how the credibility of education outside of the main campus rose as a result of stronger technological resilience.

Professor Salem proceeded by adding that early adoption of technology during the pandemic assisted UOWD in efficiently adapting its delivery models by adopting current blended learning, which combines asynchronous (self-directed) content delivery with synchronous face-to-face or distant delivery.

The panel concluded with ideas on how the government and private sector can collaborate to share knowledge about transnational education, as well as how the future will bring greater flexibility in teaching to allow students to learn new skills as technology will help shape students’ degrees more effectively.

The Knowledge and Learning Week at Expo 2020 Dubai took held from December 12 to 18, with the goal of discussing the transformation of learning and knowledge delivery, as well as how to prepare today’s youth for the future of education and work.