Posted on: Monday 8 August 2022 – 17:03 | Last update: Monday 8 August 2022 – 17:04
Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, today, Monday, launched the activities of the first qualitative forum of the Al-Masry Al-Youm Foundation under the title “Universities and New Students.. A Common Future,” in the presence of Abdel Moneim Saeed, chairman of the board of directors of Al Masry Al Youm, Abdel Latif El Minawy, managing director and editor-in-chief, and a number of Egyptian university presidents, and a group of university professors, in a hotel in Greater Cairo.
The minister emphasized that the support of the political leadership for the higher education system has achieved an unprecedented boom for university education in all parts of the country, which motivates us to make more efforts to develop the higher education system and scientific research in Egypt.
The minister pointed to the increase in population in some countries of the world, including Egypt, where its population has exceeded 100 million, and emphasized that the population power in Egypt, if well utilized, will be a great export force, especially if students clearly taught and trained in the skills of the twenty-first century, explains Moderation of the population pyramid in Egypt, in which the youth group represents the base of the pyramid, and emphasizes that there are rapid leaps in industry and technology, which the rehabilitation required of our students and the development of our curricula; to keep abreast of these developments.
Abdul Ghaffar added that during 2025, 85 million jobs are expected to disappear around the world, in addition to a 40% change in experiences and competencies, which explains the greater demand for specific jobs in the future, such as data analyst jobs , artificial intelligence specialist, big data specialist, digital marketing specialist and security analyst. Data, indicating a decrease in demand for other jobs such as: data entry, accountants and auditors, warehouse and balance sheet employee, customer service employee, assembly workers in factories, and administrative and executive secretaries.
Abdel Ghaffar noted the most important skills required in 2025, which are: analytical thinking and innovation, solving complex problems, critical thinking and analysis, creativity, originality and initiative, leadership and social influence, flexibility and stress tolerance, and the use, control and management of technology, noting that most of the skills currently required are electronic skills. , pointing out that reliance on “augmented intelligence” will increase in the future, which is a mix of human intelligence and artificial intelligence.
He reviewed the strategy of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and emphasized the need to pay attention to the elements of the higher education system, which are: the student, the infrastructure, the educational environment, the faculty members, the supporting body, and the administrative body, noting that education is at the top of the Egyptian state’s priorities, and that the national projects in the ministry in the era of President Sisi, counted 902 projects at a cost of 179 billion pounds, ranging from the establishment of private, government and technological universities, technology institutes, university hospitals, research centers and institutes, and information infrastructure.
The minister pointed to the great development that the Egyptian-Japanese University of Science and Technology and Zewail City of Science and Technology have seen during the last period, as well as the establishment of four smart private universities, which have already started studying in the past. two years, namely: King Salman International Universities, El Alamein International, El Galala, and New Mansoura. According to the latest medical and engineering equipment and laboratories.
Regarding the technological universities, Dr Abdel Ghaffar referred to the establishment of 3 technological universities in the first phase, with which the study has already started, namely: New Cairo Technological, Beni Suef Technological, and Delta Technological Quesna, and pointed out that the second phase of technological universities includes 7 universities, namely: ( 6 October Technological University – Borg El Arab Technological University – East Port Said Technological University – Taibah Technological University – New Assiut Technological University – Samanoud Technological University – Misr International University of Technology It includes in (College of Technology in Cairo – College of Technology in Fayoum “Demo” – Egyptian German Technological College in Assiut ).
The minister explained that the next academic year 2022-2023 will be the start of the study with 12 private universities that originate from public universities, which are universities: (Assiut National, Mansoura National, Beni Suef National, Alexandria National, Helwan National , Zagazig National. , Banha National, New Ismailia National Qena, Nationality, Menoufia National, Minya National, East Port Said National).
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar also referred to the opening of branches of international universities in the New Administrative Capital during the last period, namely: the Canadian University Foundation in Egypt, which houses the Prince Edward Island University branch and Ryerson University branch, the International Knowledge. University Foundation, which hosts the UK Coventry University branch, and Global Foundation which hosts a branch of the UK University of Hertfordshire, and the European Universities Foundation in Egypt, which hosts a branch for each of my universities (London, Central Lancashire) hosts, emphasizes that these universities include leading study programs that are required in the labor market at home and abroad, such as computer engineering, aeronautical engineering, graphics and art Photography, professional music, interior design and other programs that suit the desires of future students.
At the end of his speech, the minister emphasized that all previous efforts are the result of a great team work, which is reflected in the higher education system in Egypt, which has gained a lot of international prestige, which includes the inclusion of 24 Egyptian universities in the international ranking of universities, and the increase in the number of foreign students studying in Egyptian universities. .
Representatives of public, private and private universities, branches of foreign universities, relevant civil society associations, a group of educational experts, educators, members of parliament and a number of students and parents participated in the forum’s activities.
It is worth noting that the forum aims to be another public media platform that presents the achievements of the Egyptian state with all professionalism and credibility, especially higher education and scientific research, and students who are about to apply do for university admission to the wonderful transformations proposal. in the field of establishing and equipping new universities, and improving existing efficiency. According to a declared and integrated strategy, as well as introducing them to new faculties and programs and future national prospects in work and education, and building knowledge and abilities.
It should be noted that the forum includes several sessions, on “the state’s general policy in the field of higher education… the needs of society and future trends”, “the Egyptian university structure and its ability to keep up with contemporary trends and internal and external competition in higher education”, and “brainstorming on how to change the reality of university education in the areas of educational programs, research, community development and interaction with future global developments.