Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology Wins Three Places in the National Competition for Best Scientific Theses in the Engineering Studies Sector
Prof. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research – honored a number of scientists and researchers from Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology; three scientists and three researchers, who won the awards of the third phase of the National Competition for Best Scientific Theses in the Engineering Studies Sector for the years (2016-2018), received recognition. The number of scientific dissertations that participated in the competition amounted to 42 PhD theses, 52 master’s theses from 19 different faculties of Engineering nationwide in the fields of Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics and Engineering Mathematics. Moreover, the Excellence Awards were granted to six MSC and five PhD dissertations, three of which belong to Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology.
The PhD thesis titled “Development of a multi-function lower limb assistive device for natural-like assistance and rehabilitation”, done by Dr. Ahmed Moustafa Asker under the supervision of Prof. Samy Assal, ranked fourth in The certificate of merit for outstanding PhD thesis. The PhD thesis titled “Solving the Problems of Planning and Scheduling in Outpatient Chemotherapy Clinics Using Fully Mathematical Programming Models” by Dr. Mahmoud Heshmat, under the supervision of Prof. Amr El-Tawil, ranked third in the Certificate of Excellence in Research. The PhD thesis titled “Performance Enhancement of Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems Using Microchannel Heat Sink with Nanofluids”, by Dr. Ali Mohamed Radwan, under the supervision of Prof. Mahmoud Amin, wins first place in the scientific prizes awarded in the National Competition for Best Scientific Theses in the Engineering Studies Sector.
Dr. Muhammad Shaireh – Chairman of the Engineering Sectors Committee at the Ministry of Higher Education- stated that among the criteria for evaluating the best doctoral and master’s theses are the objectives of the research, the response to society and the possibility of benefiting from the results of the research to solve the problems of society, as well as keeping pace with the research of the sustainable development plan and the 2030 vision. He also stated that among the criteria is the quality of the scientific thesis in terms of its output, in addition to the scientific value of the published research according to the Journal citation ranking & quartile score (Q1-Q4). Also, he added that among the other criteria are: the completion of the research within the given period for the researcher, the prizes that the student received for research related to the thesis, and finally the thesis being the output of a funded research project or local or international grants and the interest of other parties to market any of the applied outputs with the possibility of applying them for research related to the thesis.
On the other hand, Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, expressed his contentment and pride in the victory of the three scientists and the other three researchers for their top ranking in the competition and winning of three places out of the five. This confirms the distinction and superiority of the scientific research carried out at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, which came as a result of cooperation with Japan, represented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA provides the University with technological equipment and modern research laboratories fully funded by the agency, and this made the University a model for fourth-generation universities. This lead to the development of scientific research published internationally and locally and the possibility of its application to achieve a tangible return on the economy and society in addition to linking scientific research outputs with industry to achieve sustainable development goals.
In this context, Prof. Satoshi Goto, Vice President for Research, stated that university students and professors have registered 44 patents for invention and innovation in the past few years, which confirm the convertibility of the outputs of these researches into products. Also, the current funding for scientific research carried out by the University researchers amounts to about 100 million Egyptian pounds funded by various parties from within the Arab Republic of Egypt, the European Union and Japan.