/ 21 Apr 2020


Rwaq—The Arab Open Education Platform, based in Saudi Arabia, was established to provide free, high-quality academic study materials in Arabic in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, provided by distinguished academics from all over the Arab world.  

The platform is geared toward all types of learners, including university students seeking to develop knowledge in their area of ​​specialization, employees eager to explore a new discipline, and people who simply enjoy learning on their own. 

The company believes in the value of open, online courses like those offered by Coursera and edX, and seeks to make Rwaq a model for applying this approach in the Arab world. But it wants to go beyond just translating materials from Coursera into Arabic. 

“We believe that the Arab world deserves its own educational platform in which Arabic speakers meet with Arab scientific and practical competencies to address them with their Arab tongue directly without the need for translation,” the company writes on its website.

Local expertise is the missing ingredient that Rwaq hopes to provide, one of its founders, Fouad Al-Farhan, told the Wamda platform for entrepreneurs in 2013. The skills that entrepreneurs need in the Arab world, and the legal and practical matters they must consider, “are completely different here,” he said.  “We need content that relates to this market.”

Rwaq provides “unofficial” certificates upon completion of some courses, explaining that official certificates can only be awarded by an accredited academic body in Saudi Arabia. “We hope that we will soon reach the appropriate legal status to be able to issue this type of certification,” it states.

The platform invites university professors and others with expertise in a subject to create courses, and it offers support for course builders. It also allows universities, scientific societies and other educational organizations to become academic partners with a page of their own on the platform.  

Rwaq was founded as a joint venture between Al-Farhan (Twitter, LinkedIn), who was previously a prominent blogger and human-rights advocate in Saudi Arabia, and his friend Sami Al-Hussain (Twitter, LinkedIn), a computer engineer.

While Al-Farhan stopped blogging after founding Rwaq, he was nevertheless among a group of intellectuals and journalists who were arrested on unspecified charges in November in a continuing crackdown by Saudi authorities on perceived critics of the government, Bloomberg reported. He has since been released.

How Does it Work?

Students follow weekly lectures that last 30 to 60 minutes and are divided into shorter segments. Classes have discussion sections that allow students to interact with classmates, and instructors are available periodically to follow up on these discussions and answer questions. Students have to complete assignments and tests in order to fulfill the requirements of the course.

Costs and Financial Aid:

All courses on Rwaq are free.

Ease of Use of the Platform and Visual Style:

Rwaq is a modern platform that provides the lectures online, in addition to having an interactive platform for tests and assignments, and interaction with the instructor and classmates.

Academic Disciplines and Subjects Included:

Courses are listed under subject headings that include science and technology, programming and computer science, social and human sciences, engineering, economics and management, education, law and regulations, medicine, literature and the Arabic language, and culture and art.

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