Farida Khamis, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British University in Egypt, witnessed the signing of a cooperation protocol between the British University, led by Dr. Mohamed Lotfy, President of the University, and Dr. Malcolm Price, President of Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom (The Manchester Metropolitan University); To grant double degrees from Manchester Metropolitan University to graduates of the College of Art and Design at the British University.
With this protocol, the British University in Egypt, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, grants double degrees in four separate programs at the College of Art and Design at the British University, which are (fine arts and mixed media, interior design, fashion design). , and photography), and it is called Manchester Metropolitan University, It was second in the field of art and design, and was chosen as one of the best universities in the United Kingdom for excellence in scientific research.
It took place in the presence of Gareth Bailey, British Ambassador to Egypt, dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, secretary of the Association of Arab Universities, dr. Bakri Othman, president of the Association of African Universities, prof. Dr. Yahya Bahey El-Din, vice president for research and projects, and dr. Jay Daly, vice-president of the University’s academic affairs, dr. Muhammad Ismail, Presidential Adviser, Dr. Hisham Al-Askari, President’s Advisor, Deans of Faculties and Faculty Members.
The cooperation protocol included many different areas such as teaching, learning and student-related activities for the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as the exchange of students to exchange experiences and learn about new cultures, and research collaboration in mutual strengths.
Dr. Mohamed Lotfy, President of the British University in Egypt, emphasized that Dr. Malcolm Press’s visit represents a turning point in the history of the British University, and that everyone understands the importance of signing this memorandum with Manchester Metropolitan University, the number 1. sustainable university in the United Kingdom, surpassing its reputation as an educational institution with high quality. Forward-thinking and innovative geographical boundaries, adding that this collaboration is the beginning of a broader partnership that sees the integration of the skills of both universities to create a pioneering academic opportunity for our students, and that this collaboration is not only in the academic aspect will flourish as the exchange programs between the two universities ensure that students are exposed to new cultures, customs and lifestyles, which is what helps ensure that they are better prepared for tomorrow’s world.
Lutfi added that this collaboration with the University of Manchester is fully in line with the goals of the British University, not only academically, but also socially, and pointed out that this year the alignment of the British University with the global sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Development Programme, and the British University launched a simulation model COP 27 is the first of its kind, as well as a youth-led global conference with virtual sessions simulating the real reality of the COP 27 climate summit in Sharm El Sheikh. to organize a climate marathon, which is expected to be the largest race in the history of Egypt to raise awareness of climate change.
For his part, Gareth Bailey, British Ambassador to Egypt, said that the British University in Egypt always goes above and beyond what is expected, and I am impressed by the level of determination and passion they show to make a difference in their community and in the country as a whole, and a good example of this is the climate marathon organized by the university, entitled “Run for the climate”, which brings together thousands of participants to support climate goals.
Ambassador Bailey added, “I am also pleased to hear of the British University in Egypt’s plans to collaborate with Manchester Metropolitan University, which is renowned among British universities for quality and excellence in the Faculty of Art and Design.”
In turn, Dr. Malcolm Price, Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We are very proud and very excited about our partnership with the British University in Egypt, which has achieved incredible achievements over the last 16 years. Because it is strongly aligned with what we believe as a university that places great emphasis on quality and excellence, because the world we live in requires us to work at the highest possible level, and a sense of commitment, excellence and quality is evident in everything the British University does, which helps to build a strong bridge between us.
Dr Bryce added: “Manchester Metropolitan University has seen a massive increase in the number of research academics, and was recently ranked for leadership and excellence in action research by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), after being selected as one of the UK s top universities for excellence. In the field of scientific research, especially in the field of art and design (2nd place), mathematics (6th place), English (8th place) and education (9th place), what we offer you is one of the many strong areas we share with you, and there is one important thing which is history: Art, design, textiles and creativity are important parts of Egyptian culture and an important part of our culture in Manchester.
In turn, Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary of the Association of Arab Universities, said that this collaboration confirms the role of the British University in Egypt, as a leader of scientific research and innovation, and expressed his happiness to attend this signing, explaining that the British University in Egypt is an active member of the Association of Arab Universities and has become a beacon of excellence. The Metropolitan University is also known for its efforts and contribution to the integration of education for sustainable development and education related with climate change in all programs, for the benefit of students, society and the environment, and it is the first university in the world to help students gain knowledge about carbon emissions.
Dr Salama added: “I am confident that this protocol supports the university’s plan on promoting practical research to achieve sustainable development goals, promoting a culture of sustainability and innovation in the university and the local community, as well as the supporting the implementation of the Egyptian and global agenda for sustainable development goals, and is in line with Also with the strategic plan of the Association of Arab Universities, which contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals and focuses on inclusive and equitable quality education, gender equality and empowering women in the field of education, promoting decent jobs and innovation for the region’s youth, mitigating climate change, and strengthening partnerships for sustainable development, which requires the partnership of governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens .
To activate the sustainable development goals, Dr Malcolm Price planted a tree within the university campus, in an indication of the need to pay attention to green spaces to reduce carbon emissions that are harmful to the environment. On the sidelines of the signing events the British University in Egypt inaugurated the new building of the College of Art and Design, which Dr. Malcolm praised that Press is ready for its honorable student work, as well as salon rooms equipped with the latest tools.