Conclusion of the Activities of the International Conference on Distance Education
Speaking to the attendees in the conclusion of the International Conference on Distance Learning organized by Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), HE Mr. Jihad al-Hamza, Minister of State for Trade emphasized the close attention given by the Government to Distance Education as being one of learning types that provides educational opportunities for less favored groups who were not able to continue their education. “This type of learning will expand the platform of Universities Education,” he said, adding that Government will adopt the Conference recommendations. He also expressed the appreciation of the Government and People of Sudan to all scholars and delegations who participated in this unique conference, and extended deep thanks to SUST for the continuing valuable efforts it makes in this regard.
HE Prof. Dr. Hashim Ali Salem, the Vice- Chancellor of SUST, highly appreciated the strong and meaningful participation of local and international experts and scholars in this conference, describing Distance Education as cost effective compared to traditional education which could deal with larger numbers of learners around the globe as it offers opportunities for students to obtain degrees through distance education from the comfort of their own homes, “ Thanks to modern technology that has made the dream of distance learning, a reality,” he said, adding that this easy and inexpensive type of education will no doubt bring progress and advancement to individuals and communities on equal basis, ascertaining that all the recommendations merged from the conference will be implemented and the following recommendations will be presented to HE the Vice President of the Republic for approval.
The Deputy Dean of Distance Education in SUST, Dr, Sir El Khatim Abdelrahim, addressed the Conference saying that it came up with many recommendations, the most important one among them is the establishment of an Arab Organization to be responsible for Distance Education having its head office in SUST and to create a department for Distance Education at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.