The University of East London (UEL) is assisting in the establishment of two new universities in Egypt.
With a focus on strengthening Industry 4.0 skills, Al Alamein International and New Mansoura universities will offer dual degrees in association with UEL in fields including computer science, engineering, art and design, and business.
The Newham-based university will also support the formation and governance of the new private, non-profit institutions, together with the recruitment of academic staff.
Additionally, students in Egypt will be offered access to UEL’s tutoring, career coaching and support services.
“We have a large population under 35, and we must ensure they have the technological and life skills needed to compete in the modern economy” – Professor Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egyptian minister of higher education and scientific research
“I am confident this new partnership will deliver huge benefits to University of East London students and to students in Egypt,” said UEL vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick.
“The purpose of a degree is to train a citizen to be a critical thinker and positive contributor to society throughout their lifetime. The only thing we are certain of at this juncture in history is that there will be change.
“It is absolutely critical for workers in the 4.0 economy to be adaptable to change. We have embedded this resilience, and many other skills, across our university through our mental wealth and professional fitness curriculum and other programmes.”
The partnership – cemented on 19 August with the online signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UEL and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education – follows President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s 15 August issuing of a presidential decree to establish four new universities.
“These steps come from the deep faith of the political leadership, the role of education in advancing communities, building countries and homelands, and preparing for future challenges,” said Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly.
The MoU will be in place for an initial period of five years, as UEL bids to increase its presence in the Middle East and North Africa, and boost its international alumni network.
“Egypt has always been a hub for education and we are pleased to be working with a globally respected institution such as the University of East London,” said Professor Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s minister of higher education and scientific research.
“We have a large population under 35, and we must ensure they not only have the necessary academic learning, but the technological and life skills needed to compete in the modern economy and take their places in the global 4.0 workforce.”