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Pioneering new pathways in education, AUC is now the first University in the region to offer a blended degree, pairing with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to grant MITx MicroMasters online learners credits that would count toward the completion of a full master’s degree at AUC.

AUC is the first University in the world to collaborate with MIT in recognizing credits for this particular online program on Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP), offering a possible pathway to earning a full master’s degree from AUC in economics in international development. The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, one of the largest privately funded philanthropic education initiatives in the world, will fund eligible Arab students for the DEDP.

This move was instigated following the launch of a program, led by the foundation in collaboration with MIT to build the capacities of AUC and the American University of Beirut (AUB) faculty and instructional designers/staff in blended learning. The broader goal of the program is to develop and promote quality online learning in the Arab world.

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I am thrilled that AUC is the first University in the region to take on the exciting challenge of formally adopting blended learning. This is a visionary move and one that will encourage other universities in the region to follow suit and to open up a new world of higher education opportunities for Arab youth.
Maysa Jalbout CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education