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D2L opens Dubai office to back MEA operations

DUBAI, December 11, 2015

D2L, the edtech company that created Brightspace, has opened an office in Dubai, UAE to better support its growing operations in the Middle East and Africa. 
 
Incidentally, the region’s learning management system market is set to grow to $425.2 million by 2019, as per MicroMarket Monitor, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.6 per cent, thereby outpacing the forecasted global CAGR of 23.76 per cent for the same segment. 
 
D2L will be following up this opening with its first-ever online teaching and learning executive seminar in the region, designed to map out the role innovation and advances in learning management tools play in education, now and in the future. 
 
This event will garner the presence and participation of Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada to the UAE.
 
Hanny Alshazly, regional director, MEA, D2L, said: “Technology-driven education is a fast-emerging regional trend in the Middle East and Africa. Through user interaction with innovative online learning tools, educators can determine a more holistic view of the learner’s progress than possible through traditional assessment methods. 
 
"We have therefore seen an increase in the region’s uptake of Brightspace and D2L now has over 150,000 users in the Middle East.”
 
The region’s governments are working towards taking the education sector to the next level – according to an International Data Corporation study, the GCC is expected to increase its device utilisation to 100 per cent in the coming two years. 
 
Kuwait has digitised all school textbooks and deployed e-learning across schools as part of its ‘e-education’ plan. 
 
Turkey has announced its intention to provide more than 15 million students across 40,000 schools with tablets in the next four years as part of a $1.4 billion-education initiative, while Qatar provides each student with a personal learning device as part of a series of ‘e-education’ initiatives.
 
“The region is increasingly turning to digital platforms, including the new wave of game-based learning and assessment tools, for both classroom and distance education. We intend to explore emerging trends such as these at our upcoming seminar,” added Alshazly.
 
Commenting on innovations in the Middle East’s education sector and his participation at D2L’s upcoming seminar, Kamarianakis said: “The Middle East’s economy is growing and simultaneously diversifying, and efforts are being made to nurture the education sector in line with this, to ensure the new generation of learners are future-ready. 
 
"It is important to inject a strong, comprehensive learning experience for learners into the region’s infrastructure, and this is what D2L’s seminar is aimed at. I’m happy to offer my support to this initiative.” - TradeArabia News Service



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