—There is a growing demand for higher education
in Kuwait in all the academic institutions. However, the blended
learning system of education enjoys a greater appeal and the
demand for it has been growing at a fast rate. In the meantime,
the potential of the supply is lagging behind in meeting this
growing demand. The aim of this paper is to provide an analysis
of the factors that influence the demand for and the supply of
higher education at the AOU. STEEP Analysis will be
conducted whereby the regional dynamics that affect demand
and supply will be discussed. Finally, some figures, strategies
and case studies to resolve the imbalance problem will be
provided and trends in blended learning at the AOU will be
reviewed followed by a summary of trends in factors that affect
the demand and supply. The final section is consecrated to
findings and recommendations for future perspectives that
inform policymakers to resolve supply and demand imbalances.
—Blended learning, demand & supply,
e-learning, open learning.
The authors are with Arab Open University, Kuwait (e-mail:
Cite: Chekra Allani and Hassan Sharafuddin, "The Demand and Supply Imbalances in Blended Learning at the Arab Open University–Kuwait," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 143-146, 2014.