Wiley and Kortext are partnering with digital library Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to supply e-textbooks to Egyptian citizens and universities in what Kortext founder James Gray has called "one of the most incredible projects we have been a part of".
The EKB hosts a "diverse" collection of content including online journals, books and videos and Kortext and Wiley will provide the platforms for Egyptian students to access the content.
Gray, founder and c.e.o., Kortext said: “Having Kortext play such a key role in providing a personal study platform to the whole of Egyptian Higher Education, and beyond, is one of the most incredible projects we have been a part of. Having world class digital textbooks available via our advanced, personal study platform will undoubtedly help underpin Egypt’s growth as a ‘Smart Nation’."
Dr. Tarek G. Shawki, minister of education and technical education for Egypt, said he thought the move would help Egypt’s knowledge economy "accelerate". "The scale of this achievement and provision for all our citizens, demonstrates our government’s commitment to education and lifelong learning for all,” he added.
Matthew Kissner, chairman of the board of directors and interim c.e.o., for Wiley, meanwhile, said the "significant" initiative fit closely with the Wiley mission of advancing knowledge and learning by partnering with innovative customers around the globe.
John Casson, the British Ambassador to Egypt, added: “Education is the lifeblood of Egypt's future, and Britain aims to be Egypt’s top education partner. This new project is a great example – using the latest British technology from Kortext to bring world-class educational material to every Egyptian citizen. This is an exciting part of the education technology revolution that Egypt has launched, opening new ways for all Egyptians to access quality education.’’