Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat’s visit to the Knowledge City The city is currently being established in the New Administrative Capital by following the latest technological systems to build an integrated information society that attracts global investment and promotes digital innovation.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology inspected the construction work and closely checked the implementation status of the first phase of the Knowledge City project, which will be completed this year.
The first phase of Knowledge City includes four buildings: Applied Innovation Center (AIC), Egypt Informatics University (EUI), Center of Excellence (CoE) in Global Design and Assistive Technology (AT), as well as a training facility that includes the Information Technology institute (ITI) and the National Institute of Telecommunications (NTI).
Talaat emphasized that Knowledge City is one of the most prominent pioneering projects implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in the framework of building a digital Egypt. The project includes various activities to support research and innovation in the field of AT, develop digital skills, promote digital innovation and attract investments from global technology companies. This combined with the utilization of AT to promote the process of digital transformation in Egypt.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology was accompanied on his tour by Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Infrastructure Raafat Al-Hindi, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Amr Mahfouz, Adviser to the Minister of Information Technology for Technological Innovation, Electrician, Onyx Industry and Training Hossam Othman, ITI President Heba Saleh, Director of NTI Iman Ashour, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities Abdel Moneim El Sharkawy and President of the European Union Reem Bahgat.
During his visit to the European Union, Talaat witnessed the signing of a cooperation protocol between the European Union and Etisalat Egypt. The protocol aims to provide financial support from Telecom Egypt to fund 16 full scholarships for high school graduates nationwide. Telecom Misr is the strategic sponsor of academic studies for students at EUI within the initiative launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The protocol was signed by Bahgat and the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Telecommunications Egypt, Karim Youssef.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NAID affiliated with MCIT and EUI. The MoU aims to integrate and empower people with disabilities in the higher education system and to support scientific research, development and entrepreneurship at AT. This is in addition to the participation of PwDs in applied scientific research and laboratory collaboration. The MoU is part of the MCIT National Plan to support and upgrade skills.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the President of NAID and the President of the European Union.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology indicated that the two signed agreements are a continuation of the effective partnerships established by the European Union. The partnerships aim to create a distinctive learning and research environment and develop a pool of digital talent and information experts. The two agreements support the European Union’s efforts to offer full scholarships to outstanding high school graduates, support research and development (R&D) and benefit from AT’s entrepreneurship.
The signing ceremony was attended by the vice-president of the European Union for Academic Affairs, Mohamed Al-Sharqawi, deans of faculties, faculty members, associate professors and many university students.
In a related context, Talaat conducted an interactive dialogue lasting for more than two hours with EUI students to find out their opinions and suggestions and to know their future vision for EUI and success stories. He praised their ideas and the scientific insights they gained during their academic studies.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology confirmed that EUI in collaboration with international companies offers excellent training opportunities for university students. He indicated that leaders and officials of international companies specialized in information and communication technology will be invited to hold intensive discussions with students from the European Union and raise awareness of the various technological disciplines and fields that are currently the future labor market is required.
EUI was established by MCIT in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as the first university to specialize in ICT and related fields in the Middle East and Africa. The faculties of EUI include the College of Computer and Information Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Business Informatics and the College of Digital Art and Design.
The university offers 16 specialized educational programs to meet the needs of the labor market of specialists in the latest fields of information and communication technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), data engineering, the fourth industrial revolution, Manoc Electronics Turing, communication sciences, financial technology, digital marketing, animation, user experience (UX) and digital game development.