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    Dr. Magued Osman Inaugurates the 1st Exhibition for e-Book at Cairo International Conference Center

    Cairo , 2 May 2011

    H.E. Dr. Magued Osman inaugurated the 1st Exhibition and Conference of Electronic and Academic Books at Cairo International Conference Center at Nasr City, today. The event is held by the Egyptian E-Learning University (EELU) and the Academic Bookshop.

    The inauguration comes in the framework of understanding the importance of building the knowledge society, recognizing the role of the private sector and the civil society in maximizing benefits of the efforts in this field and moving forward towards the knowledge society.

    In his speech at the plenary session, H.E. Dr. Osman called for spreading awareness of the importance of the digital Arabic content and the digital book in the educational process. He also underlined the importance of spreading awareness of the lifelong learning, e-learning and visualizing future plans for these new learning trends. Reinforcing efforts of modernizing the e-learning and virtual universities, and improving their positions in leading the durable development strategies, are to be tackled as top priorities, he added.

    Talking about efforts and initiatives, Dr. Osman also stressed the importance of reviving governmental initiatives to get advantage of e-Learning potentials in order to upgrade the quality of traditional teaching systems. In the same context, he highlighted the role of international and regional organizations and agencies by supporting e-Learning.

    Dr. Osman also affirmed that the government will carry on more projects of digitalization, in order to provide more convenient digital Arabic content in different walks of life. According to his Excellency, more efforts are to be exerted in order to further support the e-Documentation of the Arabic heritage, hence, saving the legacy of such an important part of the world in all fields: scientific, islamic, documentary, popular, architectural heritages among others.

    In such context, Dr. Osman highlighted the important role of the Center of Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage. According to his Excellency, the Center, in cooperation with MCIT, the ministry of culture and the ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, exerts tremendous efforts in saving our heritage. 

    His Excellency pointed out that the conference mirrors the private sector and the civil society support to provide more digital Arabic content material on Internet through publishing electronic versions and inventing new efficient manners to obtain the knowledge. In this regard, MCIT has already collaborated with various publishers, e.g. Dar Al-Kutub and Dar El-Maaref, to digitalize the most important series of Arabic books, reaching around 20 thousands titles.   
    In his speech, president of EELU, Dr. Yasser Dakroury described the e-Learning as a tool to support education turning it to a process of innovation, interaction and skills development based on all forms of latest technologies. Such technologies shall be used not only in learning and education but also in publishing books using computers and networks.

    The conference includes a number of lectures and workshops discussing critical issues in connection with e-books, its disadvantages, shortcomings and possible means to serve the academic education in universities.

    According to the targets announced during the opening session attended by a large number of universities leaders and intellectuals, the conference aims at creating an automated system to help develop the universities system of distant learning and provide a convenient educational environment to enable students learn, grasp curricula by building bridges connecting the teacher with his/her students.

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