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Syracuse University iSchool’s New Partnership

On March 6, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina and the president of Effat University, Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, signed an agreement formalizing a new partnership between SU’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Effat University, which is located in Saudi Arabia. With joint interests in information education excellence, increasing the number of women in technology careers, and promoting information entrepreneurship as a means of growing economies, iSchool faculty and staff will work with Effat faculty and students to advance the Saudi institution’s current information systems curriculum.

Effat University is an all-women’s undergraduate college attended by 2,153 undergraduate and 37 graduate students. It is comprised of three colleges and 12 programs, including programs in computer science and information systems. The iSchool has been consulting with Effat over the past year, providing an outside review of its Information Systems curriculum. Effat obtained accreditation by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA). That initial effort led to a continuation of the collaboration and the signing of today’s longer-term agreement.

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, said the partnerships represent efforts that “go beyond just regular exchange agreements that usually happen between universities around the world, because this addresses the new requirements of the world in digital literacy and the information sciences. We greatly appreciate the invaluable enthusiasm of Syracuse University and its iSchool, which provided a willingness to work with us in general and on our information program in particular.” She said she sees a future where the two institutions “inspire each other in action and in commitment to others around the world.”

A full article on the signing ceremony and agreement is available at:

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