Higher education explains the stages of digital transformation projects

The Institute for Leadership Development at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research completed the activities of the training program for candidates for the position of university president for 6 Egyptian universities, in the presence of Dr. Hisham Farouk, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for digital transformation, through two lectures on digital transformation in universities, its importance and mechanisms, under the auspices of dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, led by dr. Karim Hammam, director of the Institute, and supervised by Dr. Hossam El-Din Mustafa Al-Sharif, and dr. Abdel Moneim Al-Jilani, the institute’s agents.

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

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 to digital transformation and ‘ a smart university with high efficiency and effectiveness through the use of smart technology to make the educational process more lively and effective, emphasizing that the training program is in line with the directives of the Supreme Council of Universities in qualified university leaders with a vision that are in line with modern requirements to keep pace with development and the locomotive of progress to achieve a better future, to achieve sustainable development and implement Egypt’s Vision 2030.

In turn, Dr. 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 his report for the year 2021 to announce that Egypt ranked first. Africa, where Egypt ranked 53rd out of 154 countries this year, jumped 19 places compared to last year (72nd out of 138 countries during the past year 2020). 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 by the ministry’s entities in the projects The digital “higher education, university hospitals and scientific research”, as well as the complex of digital higher education projects in universities and educational complexes , where the first phase of the smart university project reached 100%, and the rate of increasing human energy efficiency 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 vi rtual 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 connects Egyptian universities with 100%, Bayana -center 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 existing private universities.

In the same context, the second lecture was launched to complement the activities of the training program, in which Dr Karim Emara, Director of the Universities Network at the Center for Electronic and Knowledge Services at the Supreme Council of Universities, gave lectures. talked 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, manufacturing products and the management of Material and human resources, and explained the importance of digital transformation in universities, which is represented in supporting future types of learning, in addition to the effective use of resources, supporting and facilitating institution management, as well as better tracking of student performance, as well as improving decision-making using data analysis, in addition to the promotion of student satisfaction and university employees alike.

The digital transformation was clarified 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 goal represented in the management of state institutions and society, achieving administrative reform and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies by activating the digital transformation system and automating 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.

He touched on the pillars of digital transformation in smart universities through “smart learning – smart classrooms – smart assessment – smart operational management – smart campus”, 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 the digital transformation.

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