ISLAMABAD: The education sector needs to focus on enhancing the distance learning experience with the positive use of social media.

This was stressed by speakers during a virtual, international conference on “the role of universities and scientific institutions in countering the coronavirus crisis – the reality and solutions”  The conference was organised by the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and the Union of Afro-Asia Universities (UAAU) with cooperation from the International Union of Arab Islamic International Schools of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), International Islamic Literature Association, Dar-es-Salaam Contour University, Arab Union for Sustainable Development and the Environment and the Union of Arab Women Leaders, and involved around 30 speakers across the world from more than 10 countries.

IIUI President Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, who was also chairing the conference, called upon educators to focus on alternative learning methods.

He said that this is a time when everyone is looking towards universities for a solution as they were the ultimate hope for society.

The IIUI president further highlighted the importance of E-learning, the response of universities amid the outbreak and the future of distance learning.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2020.