Cairo- Google Cloud announced recently a collaboration with Al Azhar University, one of the Islamic world’s first and most prestigious educational institutions. The collaboration involves deploying Google Workspace for Education (GWFE) as the official learning and productivity platform for more than 24,500 faculty members and 500,000 students at the university, which was founded in 970 AD and gained university status in 1961.
The rollout is part of Al Azhar’s smart campus project, which is one of the first projects amidst public universities in Egypt aimed at using technology to digitally transform the learning experience for local and international students.
The digital transformation of the educational process began with the Faculty of Sciences at Al Azhar, where GWFE has been instrumental in ensuring that classes and learning were uninterrupted during the pandemic. More than 4,000 students across all 300 streams of sciences at the Faculty of Sciences relied on Google Classroom to attend and collaborate in more than 700 courses online during that semester. Workspace also helped faculty and students ease the transition to a virtual setup, and the effectiveness of connecting faculty and students via GWFE in that one faculty prompted the university to start rolling out the platform more widely across all 88 faculties of the university.