Prof. Gamal Sousse, President of Benha University, confirmed that higher education institutions viewed many aspects of development as they went through more than one generation. The first generation grew up with the aim of teaching only, then the second generation universities came with the beginning of the university’s second function, which is scientific research, and with the increase in the call for the need to increase. of universities, which is not only limited to the functions of teaching and scientific research, but seeks to serve the community by preparing specialized professionals and entrepreneurs.
This took place during the inauguration of the President of the University of the activities of the third scientific forum for the Department of Educational Technology, organized by the Faculty of Specific Education, entitled “Technological development as a requirement for fourth generation universities,” in the presence of Dr. Dr. Iman Abdel-Haq, Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Hani Shafiq, Head of the Department of Education Technology and rapporteur of the forum, me. Sherine Shawky, Secretary-General of the University, faculty deputies, faculty members and students.
The president of the university pointed out that with the increase in multipurpose technological developments that helped the spread of the network system, the emergence of artificial intelligence and types of mixed intelligence between human intelligence and machine intelligence, which led to the emergence of the fourth generation universities, which have a clearer strategic vision than previous generations and more an Ability to serve the surrounding environment as it focuses on learning many modern skills, in addition to investing in the tremendous technological development in all its functions . They are smart. universities that include the latest global systems in terms of study programs, teaching methods, the provision of laboratories and the pursuit of new scientific developments in the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, new and renewable energy, nuclear energy, biometrics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and others.
The president of the university explained that the fourth generation universities have the ability to qualify graduates who are able to invest and meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and gain the opportunity it offers through them from the provide necessary skills to cope with the changes of time. , the Egyptian government in general and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in particular have paid close attention to all these variables.These steps enjoy great support from His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Dr. Jamal Soussa said that the student at the university is a partner in building the present and changing the future for the better, and this is the most important part of the development system, and pointed out that the university’s plan is based on the creating a unique academic environment that is able to positively influence the nature of the education process in one way or another and make the university stage a step for The path to strong entry into the labor market and working life.
He added that Benha University always strives to keep pace with the demands of the labor market in terms of new programs in faculties to reach global levels that keep pace with future jobs and green jobs, taking into account the requirements of the fourth and fifth industrial revolution. and supporting the needs of the state, which allows for the ability to meet future challenges as the university takes action. , where Benha University had the great honor to launch the first Egyptian Hackathon at state level on the topic of smart cities, during the period from 24 to 26 March 2022 We also undertook to launch the second hackathon titled Smart Government in February 2023 of to launch.
And the president of the university went on to say: We have succeeded in digitizing the educational process, and we have also succeeded in developing the technological infrastructure in its faculties, departments and university cities, and in developing services and websites, and provide many services, education and training transactions electronically in many aspects, and we always strive to be at the forefront thanks to the dedicated efforts of faculty members, students and the university’s administrative apparatus.
In turn, dr. Nasser El-Gizawy, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research Affairs, confirms that the university is eager to invest in knowledge and improve the output of scientific research and link it to industry and the needs of society, within the framework of the strategic plan for technology, science and innovation and Egypt’s vision for sustainable development 2030.
The university’s vice-chancellor indicated that Benha University is one of the first universities whose strategic plan included a strategic goal to bring the university into a digital university through the proceeds of ICT projects, provided by the Development Project Management Unit at the Ministry funded, to invest. of Higher Education.
Al-Jizawi added that the university has established the first biotechnology incubator with the aim of taking advantage of the outputs of scientific research and innovative ideas and connecting it with industry, as well as the Medtec incubator, to provide medical and laboratory equipment. manufacturing, adding that the importance of the incubator comes in the transfer of the university to a new generation of universities that invest in knowledge and transform it into wealth by applying the research outputs of innovative and new ideas and converting them into prototypes on which start-ups can be built.
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel Hamid, Dean of the Faculty of Specific Education in Benha, said that the forum seeks to achieve a set of objectives, including shedding light on the role of educational technology in the transformation of fourth-generation universities, in addition to the preparation of a teacher and specialist in educational technology and computers in the light of the successive industrial revolutions, as well as the unveiling of The role of educational technology in facing future challenges in the light of the industrial revolutions and the transformation of fourth generation universities, and points out that the forum also aims to achieve the state’s vision in its quest to transform into smart universities and partnerships with international universities, and the availability of scientific circles between different disciplines and the specialization of educational technology in Egyptian and Arab universities, in the light of the tr ansformation For fourth generation universities, digital empowerment and the ability to handle big data and the internet of things and the development of e-learning systems.
Dr. Hani Shafik Ramzy, Head of the Education Technology Department and rapporteur of the forum, indicated that the themes that will be discussed during the activities of the forum are the digital empowerment of the teacher and the learner as a requirement for fourth generation universities , in addition to the future reality of science valleys, entrepreneurship and technology incubators in Egyptian universities, as well as the reality, future and role of Departments of educational technology in the light of the transition to fourth generation universities, and the axes also include scientific circles between specialization of educational technology and other disciplines as a requirement for fourth generation universities, as well as research trends according to the requirements of the labor market and the fourth and fifth industrial revolution from the perspective of fourth generation universities, smart learning environments, big data and the internet of things and the development of e-learning systems v ir the transformation of the fourth generation universities.
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