A Comparison of ICT infrastructure in Saudi Arabian and Gulf States Universities

Fahad Alturise, Paul Calder, Brett Wilkinson

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    Abstract

    This paper compares the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure between Saudi Arabia and Gulf States universities, the latter consisting of Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. A questionnaire, expert-reviewed and pilot-tested, was used to collect data from ten universities in Saudi Arabia and five in the Gulf States. It covered the perspectives offered by faculty members, staff and students. Differences emerged in the Saudi Arabian and Gulf States universities' infrastructure including: internet connection, computer devices, and software and services system availability and effectiveness. The results suggest that Saudi Arabian universities must improve their ICT infrastructure, including the provision of suitable connection networks and formal training of staff in utilising ICT resources. This study's findings aim to advise the Saudi Arabian and Gulf States universities on their plans and programmes for e-learning and the consolidation of required resources.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages764-769
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2016
    EventSAI Computing Conference -
    Duration: 13 Jul 2016 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceSAI Computing Conference
    Period13/07/16 → …

    Keywords

    • Barrier
    • Effective Implementation
    • Gulf States
    • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    • Infrastructure
    • Saudi Arabia
    • universities

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