Lamia Al Harmoudi (Sharjah)
A number of employees in Sharjah have expressed their intention to complete their undergraduate and postgraduate studies, wishing to permanently adopt the distance learning mechanism in state universities even after overcoming the “Corona” pandemic, stressing that it will save time and effort, and will enhance the opportunity for them to obtain higher scientific degrees without having to This affects their duties and responsibilities towards work and family.
Issam Al-Hashemi, head of a family and an employee, said: “If the distance learning mechanism is adopted in universities on an ongoing basis, I will be one of the first applicants for registration. We call on the concerned authorities in the country to permanently adopt the distance learning mechanism in universities, because this decision constitutes a qualitative leap in the academic and educational life of many citizens and residents of this country.”
Fatima Ahmed, an employee, said: “Many male and female employees find it difficult for them to think of evening studies to complete their higher studies due to their responsibilities and professions, but if distance learning is always adopted in universities, this will encourage many to go through the experience and complete the study, as it will contribute to The increase in the percentage of holders of higher degrees in the country. “Universities should facilitate the admission mechanism for students in postgraduate studies, as the percentages required for admission are very high,” she added.
In turn, Azza Rashid, an employee, confirmed that she aspires to complete her higher studies, but the nature of her work requires her to work for long periods of time, as her work is in the field, and requires her presence in person. She added: “We really hope that the study will be adopted remotely, especially for male and female employees, as this saves time, and shortens many difficulties that stood in the way of completing graduate studies, and virtual platforms will be a radical solution for that.”
On the level of universities, Dr. Hussein Muhammad Al-Mahdi, Dean of Academic Support Services at the University of Sharjah, told Al-Ittihad: “There is no doubt that remote work due to the Corona pandemic has many positive aspects, which would increase the employee’s productivity due to what remote work provides from the Flexibility, reduce delays in work, and save transportation expenses and traffic congestion. One of the positives of the pandemic is the transformation of education at all stages and levels into a distance learning mechanism, which provided golden opportunities for employees to engage in virtual training courses, and register in graduate programs to develop their skills and scientific and career level.
He added: “We have noticed at the University of Sharjah an increase in the number of employees who have completed specialized training courses in many areas of work and career development, whether inside the university in the Continuing Education Center or in other institutions, including outside the country. Remote work saves the employee time, as he can use it to learn and train virtually from his home and at a much lower cost than attending these courses in person, as is the matter in registering for graduate programs.”
The Dean of Academic Support Services at the University of Sharjah indicated that the employee is now able to register in programs at any university or institution in the world through the virtual education platforms provided by these institutions. The availability of scientific material and supporting resources for the educational process in digital form, relieves the employee of the hassle of traveling, and reduces time and cost. Hence, the remote work experience imposed by the Corona pandemic has many advantages, which undoubtedly will continue with us in the future, and it has also opened up horizons and opportunities in business sectors that can be relied upon even after the pandemic ends. He said: “This pandemic has provided the opportunity, in an unprecedented way, to develop the skills and training of employees, by using the available time from remote work to develop their skills in the areas of smart technologies that support remote work. And that the University of Sharjah, like other universities and educational institutions, offered its training and educational programs virtually remotely using communication technology and course management systems, which contributed to creating a golden opportunity for employees to engage in and benefit from these programs.