Virtual Learning Networks in Higher Education: The Case of Egypt's Regional IT Institute

Virtual Learning Networks in Higher Education: The Case of Egypt's Regional IT Institute

Sherif Kamel (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.2000070104
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Abstract

Virtual organizations are spreading worldwide in different sectors. However, most of the publications address theoretical foundations; as for the practical implementations, they are not well reported in the literature. This paper addresses a case of a virtual organization in the field of knowledge. Today, the learning process is becoming a vital factor in business and socioeconomic growth where the role of information and communication technology is having a growing and an innovative impact. The case of the Regional IT Institute, established in 1992, targeting educating graduate students while being in Egypt through a number of partnerships with organizations in Europe and the United States reflects the realization of a number of related elements to virtual organizations. The case provides many lessons to be replicated that demonstrate the opportunity to expand in exchanging the wealth of knowledge across societies using a hybrid of forms for virtual organizations.

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