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Canon showcases ‘Education for Life Plus’ ecosystem at MENA Innovation 2019

‘Education for Life + is a Canon program that aims to enhance students’ experience through introducing new services to the higher education

Jeddah, KSA: Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, is showcasing its ‘Education for Life Plus’ (EFL+) ecosystem of digital education solutions at the MENA Innovation 2019 being held in Muscat from 15-17 September 2019.

Education for Life+ (EFL+) is a Canon programme designed to o­ffer higher education institutions with a technologically enhanced student experience and a secure learning environment for both students and teachers. The program provides fully managed online student print services to lower and control the cost of print; fully integrated and secure examination and automated grading process to save time and effort for teachers and ensure peace of mind; access to data analytics and reporting that will provide institutions increased visibility on their operations and effectively control costs; and document management solutions to streamline operations and access to information.

Shadi Bakhour, Business Unit Director, B2B, Canon Middle East and General Manager, Canon Saudi Arabia showcased the ‘Education for Life +’ solution at the MENA Innovation 2019 which was attended by ministers and senior officials for education, ICT, higher education and science & technology from across the MENA region.

Over the years, GCC governments have introduced various investor-friendly policies scaling the quality of education. Canon has recognized this potential and is actively seeking to establish public-private partnerships (PPPs) with local government to build sustainable ecosystems by introducing innovative solutions.

Presenting the Education for Life+ (EFL+) programme at MENA Innovation 2019, Shadi Bakhour said: “There is a surge in the Middle East education sector with governments placing emphasis on the introduction of new programmes to help drive efficiencies. We have studied the region’s education market closely and MENA Innovation 2019 is an ideal platform for us to introduce the Education for Life+ (EFL+) programme. For Canon Middle East, education will continue to be an important area of growth and we will invest in creating and developing new programmes to support the vision and growth of local governments.”

“Education for Life+ (EFL+) is also extended to the development of life skills amongst the region’s youth, enabling their continued development and professional growth”; he further added.

As per recent reports, the total number of students in GCC education sector is projected to reach 14.5 million in 2022, (from 12.9 million in 2017) owing to the rise in population of school and college age students.[1]

Canon has already extended the programme to Saudi Arabia is engaged with several of the kingdom’s universities to introduce Education for Life+ (EFL+) and its applications that could make big positive transition for student related education services. The Education for Life+ (EFL+) programme clearly resonates with Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei, which means living and working together for the common good in Japanese, as it aims to support the nation in building a robust, modern and technologically advanced education system.

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