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Sponsored: Wiley and Kortext partner with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to grow the world's largest digital library

Posted by Julian Owen | December 09, 2017 | International

John Wiley and Sons Inc., a global research and learning company, and Kortext, a world-leading digital textbook and personal study platform, have secured a partnership with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB). The scheme will provide digital textbooks to every Egyptian citizen and all universities, empowering their students to learn anytime, anywhere. 

The EKB is one of the biggest digital libraries in the world and hosts a diverse collection of content, including online journals, books and videos. The EKB aims to meet the needs of all Egyptian citizens by customising each user’s experience with relevant content. The Kortext platform will provide digital textbooks for all Egyptian students, making their studies easier as they benefit from an enhanced, personalised learning experience, whilst creating insightful analytics.

His Excellency, the Minister of Education and Technical Education for Egypt, Dr. Tarek G. Shawki, stated, “The ambition and leadership the Egyptian Government has exhibited in creating countrywide access to world-class content on this scale is a truly groundbreaking development. We believe such a knowledge bank for our citizens, delivered through Kortext’s inclusive personal study platform, will help Egypt’s knowledge economy accelerate. The scale of this achievement and provision for all our citizens demonstrates our government’s commitment to education and lifelong learning for all.” 

By partnering with Kortext and Wiley for e-textbook delivery, the EKB is planning to enhance the infrastructure, increase accessibility, and deliver an enhanced user experience for engaging with learning content. Successful expansion of this exemplary national scheme will aim to ensure all the citizens of Egypt have the tools and digital learning resources to excel through lifelong learning as Egypt invests further towards a ‘Smart Nation’ status. The Kortext platform will deliver access to Wiley’s digital textbooks for all students who will also be able to access a host of smart study tools, allowing learners to highlight, make notes, connect to their teachers and intuitively navigate their learning content.

James Gray, Founder and CEO of Kortext, stated, “Having Kortext play such a key role in providing a personal study platform to the whole of Egyptian higher education and beyond is one of the most incredible projects we have been a part of. Having world-class digital textbooks available via our advanced, personal study platform will undoubtedly help underpin Egypt’s growth as a ‘Smart Nation’.”

“We are delighted to deliver this next phase of our project with the Egyptian Government. This significant initiative fits closely with the Wiley mission of advancing knowledge and learning by partnering with innovative customers around the globe. Our aim is to lead the learning industry by providing world-class content, services and technology to drive success. We congratulate the Egyptian government on this latest investment in the future success of their knowledge economy,” Matthew Kissner, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Wiley, stated.

Mr John Casson, the British Ambassador to Egypt, added: “Education is the lifeblood of Egypt’s future, and Britain aims to be Egypt’s top education partner. This new project is a great example – using the latest British technology from Kortext to bring world-class educational material to every Egyptian citizen. This is an exciting part of the education technology revolution that Egypt has launched, opening new ways for all Egyptians to access quality education.’’ 

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