Al-Ahram Newspaper – February 24th, 2020
Issue No. 48657, page (10)
Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)
On Tuesday morning, 17th December, 2019, while sitting in my office, I wrote an article talking about what I have read concerning a two-day scientific research conference held on the 15th and 16th of December, organized by E-JUST university in New Borg Al-Arab in Alexandria. In this article, I have mentioned that it was the first time for me to ever hear about that university and its events, let alone its existence. Afterwards, I received a telephone call from Professor Ahmed Al-Gohary, E-JUST university president who cordially invited me to visit the university, officially denominated, “Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology”. I was honored to accept such kind invitation, visiting it last Monday morning, 17th February, 2020 at its spacious premises in New Borg Al-Arab city, to the east of Alexandria to get a closer look at its facilities. I was pleased to be accompanied by professor Ahmed Al-Gohary, University President, professor Sameh Abdel Wahed, university Vice President, and professor Isam Hamza, Japanese Studies professor and Director of Liberal Arts and Culture Centre, in a tour around the university headquarters, main campus and other facilities. I was also privileged to be introduced to Japanese consultants working at JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).
I would not be exaggerating to say that I have seen a ground-breaking and prestigious institution for education and scientific research; not only does it qualify as a world-class university, in accordance with international standards, but it is also considered to be a center of creativity and scientific innovation. First and foremost, it is a university specialized in science and technology; accordingly, its schools include, but are not limited to, electronics, communication, computer science, chemistry, energy…etc. Secondly, it is supported by 15 different universities in Japan, such as Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka…etc. Furthermore, the buildings and edifices inside the campus imply that it would be a one-of-a-kind educational model, providing its students with spaciously large classrooms, enormous libraries and fully equipped laboratories, in addition to all the other services as well as the sports, arts and cultural activities. It was not also a coincidence that when I had a look at their brochures and flyers, I found that the common key words in all of them were: “creativity”, “invention” and “innovation”; that’s the essence of Japanese technical and scientific advancement which has to inspire us, and which we have to follow its lead rather that imitating and mimicking other countries.