I sent the 5 questions to the professor responsible and the dean of the faculty. And I also posted it on the Faculty page in case other professors might have answers or suggestions. I have just done this now as I am late in looking at my e-mails (sorry for that). I will let you know if I heard anything back. And I will pass your e-mail to them if I asked (will not put it on the grip FB though).
Have a good night.
On Sep 6, 2013, at 6:26 PM, Scott MacLeod wrote:
Dear Ami and Amn,
Nice to talk with you today in Professor NG's office at Cal Berkeley for more than 2 hours.
Ami (and Amn), here are 5 questions for your Dean at Cairo University, Ami, and per your request, vis-a-vis accrediting, free, Creative Commons' licensed, MIT OCW-centric World University and School in Arabic, and in Egypt and Oman, at the undergraduate, Ph.D., law and M.D. levels, as well as I.B. (International Baccalaureate) levels (in what languages? French? English? other?).
World University and School is planning to become the MIT / Harvard of the Internet and in all languages. See the MIT OCW in video and related information here - http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.html.
The following questions have to do with accrediting World University and School in both Arabic and English, at first experimentally:
How is your university (Cairo) accredited in Egypt, at the undergraduate (Bachelor in the U.S.), Ph.D., law and M.D. levels? (Are there any I.B. schools in Egypt?)
In what ways could World University and School accredit with these same Egyptian (government or independent) institutions ( which accredit the greatest universities in Egypt )? What precedents are there for this in Egypt, where a foreign university accredits in Egypt in Arabic, and becomes run by Egyptians (through accreditation, teaching, etc., plus in other ways, but also remains like MIT OCW with Wikipedia, so Creative Commons' licensed), for example?
In the way that Egypt may recognize British and American university degrees, in what ways would Egyptians benefit from free, online, MIT-centric degrees (http://ocw.mit.edu) through World University and School in Arabic (MIT OCW doesn't offer degrees)? Might Cairo university students choose to matriculate at World University and School for free, graduate degrees when they become available? In what ways would Egyptian governments (local or national) or companies value online MIT STEM-centric (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), university degrees in Arabic as well as English (big question)? In what ways would they not?
MIT OCW-centric World University and School is seeking undergraduate (Egyptian and Arabic-speaking) students to matriculate online (who would need reliable broadband video) in English in the autumn of 2014, applying this autumn 2013, for free, Creative Commons' licensed WUaS degrees. Such students may become graduate student instructors, teachers and translators in developing Arabic WUaS in the future. WUaS is seeking overachieving students, such as might otherwise go to MIT, Harvard, Berkeley or Cambridge. How would you best suggest reaching out to such students, - initially English-speaking Egyptians, - so that instead perhaps of traveling to other countries for university, they remain in Egypt for a world class education, and eventually help to develop a MIT -centric educational system in Arabic?
What are the names and web sites or institutions in Egypt for accreditation at the undergraduate (Bachelor in the U.S.), Ph.D., law and M.D. levels, to whom WUaS might inquire with these experimental questions?
By way of comparison, World University and School is accrediting first in the state of California (with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education - BPPE) and then with WASC senior (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which also accredits UC Berkeley and Stanford and about 160 other colleges on the west coast and some internationally, but MIT-centric WUaS is interested in exploring accrediting in Egypt itself (here are the wiki Egypt, - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Egypt - the Oman - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Oman - and links' section on the Middle East wiki pages at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Middle_East#World_University_and_School_Links, where WUaS is seeking to accredit a MIT OCW-centric university per country). For free, C.C., MIT OCW-centric, WUaS degrees in English, WUaS is planning to begin matriculating (how best to translate this word, Ami?) students for the bachelor's degree in 2014 (and which is a 3 stage process), for the Ph.D. in 2015, for a law degree in 2016 (and there are about 12 online law schools in California, all which charge fees, and in California anyone can sit the main, state, Bar legal exam, even if your law school isn't accredited and which may be unique to California, ... but WUaS plans its law schools to Creative Commons' licensed - C.C. - and thus free), and Medical Degrees in 2017, (partly contributing to defining online medicine from on-the-ground medicine).
By further way of comparison, WUaS recently received a Translation Affiliate agreement from MIT OpenCourseWare for WUaS to translate MIT OCW into Indonesian, which will take about 1-2 years to translate 10 courses, as a beginning.
If I can answer any questions you might have, or if you have 5 questions for me, for example, please send them to me via Ami.
الحمد لله رب العالمين
- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President
- The College at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/The_College_at_World_University_and_School
- Admissions and links at WUaS http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Admissions_at_World_University_and_School#World_University_and_School_Links
- World University and School - like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare (not endorsed by MIT OCW) - incorporated as a nonprofit effective April 2010 in the state of California.
Google + main, WUaS company page - https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108179352492243955816/108179352492243955816/posts