24.02.2010 -

UNESCO-supported e-learning association launched in Middle East

The Middle East e-Learning Association (MEEA), established for the purpose of providing innovative open educational practices, was launched on 1 February. MEEA is supported by UNESCO, together with several other international organizations.

The Middle East e-Learning Association is a regional independent, non-political, non-profit association established for the purpose of providing innovative open educational practices and promoting quality, innovation and transparency in higher and continuing education. It also aims to develop policies, procedures and practices with respect to the design, development and implementation of e-learning curricula.


MEEA has an ambitious vision of achieving several activities in the region which include:

  • networking and information sharing,
  • strategy and policy development,
  • establishment of special interest group,
  • design and professional development programmes,
  • establishment of awards to recognize excellence in various practices of e-learning,
  • research and dissemination of research outcomes through publishing reports, newsletters, articles in journals and profession magazines and other means.

MEEA received support from several international organizations, such as UNESCO, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Swiss Centre for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), EDUCAUSE, European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), European Distance Education Network (EDEN) , the International E-Learning Association (IELA), United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), and it will continue to work on establishing further international relationships.


Right at the beginning of its launch, MEEA was able to attract members from different countries including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Palestine, Kingdom of Jordan, and Malaysia.

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