Dr. Hisham Farouk gives a lecture on digital transformation in universities, its importance and mechanisms within the activities of the training program.

Dr. Hisham Farouk gives a lecture on digital transformation in universities, its importance and mechanisms within the activities of the training program.

Mr Eldakrory

In the presence of prof. Hisham Farouk, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Digital Transformation, the Institute for Leadership Development at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research the activities of the training program for the candidates for the position of university president for 6 Egyptian universities, with two lectures on digital transformation in universities, its importance and mechanisms, under the banner of prof. Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, led by Prof. Dr. Karim Hammam, director of the Institute, and supervised by Dr. Hossam El-Din Mostafa El-Sharif, and Dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Jilani, Vice Deans of the Institute.

The activities of the third day of the training program included two lectures on digital transformation in universities, its importance and mechanisms, including Prof. Hisham Farouk, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Digital Transformation, and prof. Dr. Karim Emara, Director of the Universities Network at the Electronic and Knowledge Services Center at the Supreme Council of Universities, gave lectures.

Prof. Dr. Karim Hammam, Director of the Institute for Leadership Development, explained that the training program includes lectures aimed at keeping up with scientific and technological progress to promote universities in line with modern requirements, and the state’s directions towards digital transformation and ‘ a smart university with high efficiency and effectiveness through the use of smart technology with the aim of making the process The educational program more lively and efficient, emphasizing that the training program is in line with the directives of the Supreme Council of Universities in eligible university leaders with a vision that matches modern requirements to keep up with development and the locomotive of progress to achieve a better future, to achieve sustainable development and implement Egypt’s Vision 2030.

In turn, prof. Hisham Farouk, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Digital Transformation, spoke about the field of information technology and digital transformation, explained the framework of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and contributed digital technologies, as well as the sustainable development goals, noting that the Global Knowledge Index its report launched for the year 2021 to announce Egypt’s achievement of the position. The first is Africa, where in the current year Egypt ranked 53rd out of 154 countries, with 19 places compared to last year (72nd place among 138) countries during the past year 2020). In the higher education sector, the report showed that Egypt advanced to 35th place at the level of 154 countries. for the year 2021, compared to 42nd place among 138 countries in 2020, 49th place among 136 countries in 2019, 59th place among 134 countries in 2018, and 54th place among 131 countries in 2017 in the same indicator.

Then the Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Digital Transformation touched on explaining the sustainable development strategy, Egypt’s Vision 2030, and talked about the stages of digital transformation projects represented in planning and study, as well as implementation and development, ending with operation and evaluation, which explains the digital transformation projects of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research through the ministry’s entities in the projects. The digital “higher education, university hospitals and scientific research” presented the complex of digital higher education projects in universities and educational complexes , where the first phase of the smart university project has reached 100%, and the rate of increasing human energy efficiency has reached 60%, in addition to the electronic test project The electronic platforms and portals project, in addition to the content project through digital books by 70% , and virtual laboratories with 30%, as well as conferences and workshops with 100%, and the systems and applications project through learning management systems, student information systems, enterprise management systems, automation Ministry sectors, assured certificates, as well as infrastructure projects through the network that Egyptian universities with 100 % connected, B. Center Data of the Supreme Council of Universities, increasing the speed of the Internet in universities, the initiative of a device for every student, specialized laboratories “Internet of Things”, the information infrastructure of the existing private universities.

In the same context, the second lecture was launched to supplement the activities of the training program and was attended by prof. Dr. His Excellency spoke about the definition of digital transformation as the process of transforming the business model of institutions into one that relies on digital technologies in the provision of services and manufacturing of products. And the management of material and human resources, which explains the importance of digital transformation in universities, which is represented in the support of future types of learning, in addition to the effective use of resources, support and facilitation of the management of the institution, as well as better tracking student performance, as well as improving decision-making using data analysis, in addition to improving the satisfaction of students and university employees on Both.
His Excellency explained the digital transformation in Egypt’s vision for sustainable development 2030, represented in the first goal: improving the quality of life of the Egyptian citizen, improving his standard of living, improving access, improving the quality and competitiveness of education, the development of digital infrastructure , which helped to face the repercussions, and also the sixth objective of corporate governance The state and society, to achieve administrative reform and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies through the enable digital transformation system and automate most government services in the country.
He also discussed the challenges and obstacles to digital transformation represented in resistance to change, absence of a digital transformation strategy, incompatible data and information systems, lack of skill, knowledge and efficiency, unequal access to digital resources, lack of resources or smart technical services , which points to the danger of abandoning digital transformation.

His Excellency touched on the pillars of digital transformation in smart universities through “smart learning – smart classrooms – smart assessment – smart operational management – smart campuses”, the components of the information infrastructure of the smart university, the reference model for smart universities (SURA ), as well as the role of the electronic and knowledge services center in digital transformation.

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