Experiences of Other Countries in Distance Learning for Universities

Development of online learning worldwide

The coronavirus crisis  has forced every country to look at online learning differently. While previously online learning in Egypt was perceived as something that would happen in the future, it was viewed as something that may be impossible to be done in the egyptian universities for certain challenges that differ from one country to another.

Take a look at some countries experiences in online learning for universities and how it was developed through years:

United States of America

When talking about e-learning in USA, we must talk about the experience of the American University of Phoenix, which was founded in 1976 and adopted

As a private university in 1978. In 1989 the University of Phoenix was founded online, which is the first private university to offer a bachelor’s degree in many disciplines online. It is the largest accredited university that employs approximately 8,000 Ph.D. and Masters holders with experience in the field of education in addition to more than 9000 trainers, technicians, supervisors and administrators working in more than 170 educational centers of the university.

More than 6 million students in the United States of America are currently studying one or more subjects remotely. Most famous American universities offer distance-studies and academic 

degrees. Notable among these are Harvard University, Stanford University, Berkeley University and other prestigious American universities.


The UK is one of the developed countries in using e-learning systems, and the British government has a prominent role in overseeing education in general, including university education. The Higher Education Support Authority in England has prepared a strategic plan for e-learning for the next ten years. The Interactive University was established in 2002 as a joint program between the University of Hertowat and the Commission for the Development of the Local Economy in Scotland.

The university connects distinguished universities in Scotland with students all over the world so that all courses are transferred to them electronically (remote). The cooperation now included more than 20 countries in the world, where more than 60 thousand male and female students are now studying, and teaching takes place at the right time and place for the student, focusing on the content and service of the community.


China has a pioneering experience, as it is one of the most densely populated countries, in integrated open distance education. It established the Hong Kong Education Foundation in 1989 and was declared the Hong Kong Open University in 1997.

In 2001, the University of Hong Kong became a multimedia university combining print, broadcast and direct face-to-face teaching in an integrated manner, providing the first face-to-face direct education program.

In the year 2008, the number of university employees was 600, the number of registered students was 35,000 university students and graduate students, equivalent to approximately 10% of face-to-face education, out of the total student base.

Referring to a lengthy study during the years 2016 to 2019 applied at the Open University of Hong Kong. The study summary praised the interest of students and their appetite for the materials available on educational platforms, as far as the accuracy, modernity and comprehensiveness of the design of the presented content.

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