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Egypt to Establish World's Largest Digital Library with UAE and Saudi Arabia

The already extensive Egyptian Knowledge Bank is set to join forces with the Dubai and Saudi digital libraries.

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Egypt’s Ministry of Education announced on Saturday plans to work with the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish the world’s largest digital library, reports Egypt Independent.

The Ministry’s Media Advisor, Ahmed Sabry, added that that the announcement was made by all three countries at the Knowledge Summit 2018, which took place in Dubai on December 5-6.

The digital library, which is an online database, will be equipped with information and services for students and researchers through a digital platform that connects users to the Dubai Digital Library, the Saudi Digital Library and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, according to Education Minister Tarek Shawky.

Set up in 2015, The Egyptian Knowledge Bank was initially launched as part of the Towards an Egyptian Community That Learns, Thinks and Innovates initiative, with the Education of Scientific Research council having signed contracts with 26 international publishing houses including National Geographic, Discovery, Cambridge, Oxford, Reuters and more. 

The project will also see the countries looking into ways to integrate it into the new Egyptian education system, according to Shawky. Aiming to to the sources of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, the digital library also aims to raise the level of digital Arabic content.

This year’s Knowledge Summit which was under the theme of Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy, witnessed over 100 high-level experts, decision-makers and practitioners come together and take part in several panels and discussions.

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