Interesting, and often sold as one of the benefits of creating online learning, for those nations unable to afford education, affording global fairness:

Building a world-beating academy, so the argument goes, takes decades, even centuries of meticulous investment in infrastructure, postgraduates and reputation.

But what if you could use the internet to leapfrog this slow and steady process by plugging your students into the best lectures from across the world?

This was the hope of a number of delegates attending a conference on education in the Middle East and North Africa that recently took place in London, particularly those from nations struggling with limited finances, huge numbers of young people and continuing security problems.

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