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So far J-WEL has created 11 blog entries.

The MIT Future Heritage Lab: Empowering Refugees to Discover Their Emotional and Cultural Needs

In the largest refugee crisis since World War ll, 65 million people around the world are displaced, one percent of the population. On average, it takes refugees 17-20 years before resettling and finding a permanent home again. During this time, they face insurmountable challenges and an uncertain future. One of the toughest challenges refugees face [...]

By | 2017-12-04T10:25:54+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Access to Education, Refugee Education|Tags: , |

Barriers to a Girl’s Education: How a School Uniform Can Change Everything

In early 2017, researchers from The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) reviewed nearly 60 randomized evaluations that were designed to increase student enrollment and attendance. One study in particular looked at the impact of free uniforms for girls in low-income countries. In 2003 in Western Kenya, a school uniform cost $6. Would providing [...]

By | 2017-11-07T11:00:49+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Education, pK-12|Tags: , |

pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning Books Hot off the MIT Press

The MIT Press is the only university press in the United States whose list is based in science and technology. Founded in 1932 by James R. Killian Jr. —editor of the Institute's alumni magazine and future scientific adviser to President Kennedy and tenth president of MIT— the MIT Press was originally called The Technology Press. In [...]

By | 2017-12-04T10:33:51+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Higher Education, pK-12, Workplace Learning|Tags: , |

MIT Debuts a Digital Diploma Pilot Program

Giving students autonomy over their own credentials, MIT implemented a pilot program this summer that gave 111 graduates the option to receive their diplomas digitally, through a smartphone app called Blockerts Wallet. In addition to the traditional paper format, students can quickly receive a tamper-proof copy of their diploma on the app to share with [...]

By | 2017-10-31T11:20:53+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Higher Education|Tags: , |

J-WEL Executive Director Vijay Kumar Supports Blended Learning Efforts in Egypt

In late September 2017, Executive Director of J-WEL, and Associate Dean of Digital Learning at MIT, Vijay Kumar, traveled to Cairo, Egypt in support of the work MIT is doing with The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education to advance online and blended learning across the region. In the region, The American University of Cairo (AUC) [...]

By | 2017-10-31T11:28:50+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Access to Education, Events, Global Learning, Higher Education|

J-WEL Week 1: Experiences and Conclusions

The inaugural J-WEL Week concluded last Thursday, October 12, 2017, leaving those who attended with inspiration, enthusiasm, and a clear vision of what collaboration between J-WEL and its members can build. During the Week, J-WEL participants and MIT faculty analyzed and discussed the future of education through workshops, panels, presentations, consultations, and group sessions. Here [...]

By | 2017-12-19T16:28:22+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: J-WEL Weeks|

MIT President Reif Sets the Tone for a Central J-WEL Week Topic: Access to and Impact of Education

Access to education and the impact it can make around the world has been an important theme of many J-WEL Week 1 sessions. MIT President L. Rafael Reif spoke in a recent interview about the value of education, recalling his parent’s advice: “If you have an education, even if you have to leave in a [...]

By | 2017-11-13T10:21:41+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Education, Higher Education, J-WEL Weeks, pK-12, Workplace Learning|

Community Jameel: The Foundation of J-WEL

In May 2017, The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) began working towards its mission of sparking a global renaissance in education through the collaboration of MIT and Community Jameel, a social enterprise organization of which the chairman is Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, a MIT alumnus and MIT Corporation life member, with strong [...]

By | 2017-10-06T16:58:21+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Community Jameel|

MIT Bootcamps Present Opportunities for Global Entrepreneurs

‘Slice of MIT’ recently covered a story about an MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp participant who created an app that helps rural farmers in Nigeria gain access to agricultural data, market information, and financial services. A native of Nigeria and a farmer himself, Nasir Yammama witnessed the everyday struggles of local farmers who attempted to sell [...]

By | 2017-10-17T17:33:32+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Entrepreneurship, J-WEL Weeks, Member Benefits|

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) Will Hold its Inaugural J-WEL Week October 9-12 at MIT

In two weeks, The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) will hold its inaugural J-WEL Week at MIT’s campus, bringing together participants from 27 countries and six continents, to develop a global community of educational leaders. Twice a year, J-WEL members will gather at the J-WEL Weeks, and in collaboration with MIT faculty and [...]

By | 2017-10-08T09:04:57+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: J-WEL Exchanges, J-WEL Weeks|