Nex­ford Uni­ver­sity aims to bridge global skills gap, ey­ing Egyp­tian learn­ers

NXU to bring high-qual­ity Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion, with af­ford­able fees

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Nex­ford Uni­ver­sity (NXU), an on­line Amer­i­can uni­ver­sity of­fer­ing glob­ally af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion to learn­ers world­wide, has closed its seed round of $4m, and has been li­censed by the US’s Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Li­cen­sure Com­mis­sion (HELC).

The uni­ver­sity, head­quar­tered in Wash­ing­ton DC, an­a­lysed over 30m job va­can­cies, and sur­veyed the em­ploy­ers of 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, to de­velop an aca­demic model that will bridge the skills gap be­tween learn­ers and em­ploy­ers.

NXU an­nounced that reg­is­tra­tions for NXU’s pi­lot pro­gramme are now open to learn­ers in Egypt, as well as mar­kets such as the US, the Philip­pines and Nige­ria.

“Egypt is one of the most im­por­tant re­gions for Nex­ford, and we ex­pect to see great re­sults from learn­ers based there,” Fadl Al Tarzi, CEO, NXU.

Al Tarzi, ex­plained that mid­dlein­come Egyp­tian learn­ers cur­rently face a huge chal­lenge, the ne­ces­sity of learn­ing skills that the labour mar­ket de­mands, and pay­ing a high price for a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

He con­tin­ued that NXU is thus el­i­gi­ble to tackle this chal­lenge, through bring­ing high-qual­ity Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion to Egyp­tians, with glob­ally af­ford­able fees.

For his part, Jay A Hal­fond, pro­fes­sor of the Prac­tice, Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity, and an ad­vi­sory board mem­ber at NXU, ex­plained that, the world can’t build enough res­i­den­tial cam­puses to keep up with de­mand.The uni­ver­sity will tackle a crit­i­cal global need and fill a cur­rent void: de­mand for af­ford­able, cred­i­ble ed­u­ca­tion.

NXU of­fers the fol­low­ing de­grees and cer­tifi­cates: As­so­ciate of Ap­plied Science in Busi­ness (AAS), Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BBA), Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA), nine un­der­grad­u­ate, and three grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cates in the field of busi­ness. It also of­fers a range of spe­cial­i­sa­tions to match high-growth em­ploy­ment ar­eas such as data science, sus­tain­able en­ergy, and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Fadl Al Tarzi, CEO, NXU

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