Major Differences of Cloud Computing Adoption in Universities: Europe vs Middle East

Mahmoud Odeh, Kevin Warwick, Oswaldo Cadenas

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The extensive use of cloud computing in educational institutes around the world brings unique challenges for universities. Some of these challenges are due to clear differences between Europe and Middle East universities. These differences
stem from the natural variation between people. Cloud computing has created a new concept to deal with software services and hardware infrastructure. Some benefits are immediately gained, for instance, to allow students to share their
information easily and to discover new experiences of the education system. However, this introduces more challenges, such as security and configuration of resources in shared environments. Educational institutes cannot escape from these challenges. Yet some differences occur between universities which use cloud computing as an educational tool or a form of social connection. This paper discusses some benefits and limitations of using cloud computing and major differences in using cloud computing at universities in Europe and the Middle East, based on the social perspective, security and economics concepts, and personal responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)948-952
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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  • Cloud Computing
  • Education
  • Social differences
  • Europe
  • Middle East


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