Al-Watan Economic Newspaper – October 20th, 2019
Issue No. 2730, pages (1, 10, 11)
Private Universities Management in “Al-Watan” Newspaper held Conference: Education is the basis of Complete Development in Egypt at the moment.. We are armed with development tools, and only need means of usage..
“Technology and Automation“ Contributes in Increasing Productivity
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary stated that Technology, Automation and Artificial Intelligence will not cause unemployment as illustrated in the current international market. Technology helps with productivity increase at a fast pace and having new industries for people.
Private Universities in Al-Ahram Economic Symposium:
“Education” is the base of Economic Development Plan in Egypt.. We own “Development Tools” but Need to Put it to Use
Education and Development are two sides of the same coin. Education contributes in having human cadres with innovation potentials for booming country development related fields. This also helps serve social justice through achieving sustainable wages. Besides, providing job opportunities that lead to enhance low salary rate. The international educational level affects what is known as “Wages Gap” where the average monthly salary for uneducated people is 2212 USD. The pay rises to 2920 USD for those with pregraduate qualifications. As for University graduates, their monthly salary reaches 4792 USD. In case for postgraduate studies (MSc. and PhD.), their salary leaps to 7536 USD.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary: Culture and Aging of Curricula lost technical education its role in Egypt, producing Toktok drivers
Current Education System
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary announced: “There are several education issues that needs to be addressed, whether school or undergraduate studies. This is what pushed our country into establishing major projects for education reform purposes, where educational process is clearly developed, starting from kindergarten, reaching High School Education. In addition to the running money invested in Education for founding new Universities. Such as, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, New-Mansoura, King-Salman, Al-Galala and New-Alamein Universities. Let alone new three technological universities as well as the established universities in partnership with the Private Sector in New Capital.”
Moreover, Prof. Al-Gohary added that these big kind of objectives aims at graduating different students than the norm, in conjunction with fake unemployment amidst Egyptian labor market. Labor demand rates are increasing in the presence of required qualifications among the present individuals at the moment. He also pointed out that both the government and political leaders have established new Youth Academies to bridge this gap and prepare needed cadres in the labor market.
University Evaluation Criteria
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary illustrated that the current applicable system necessitates new developing reformation. There is a definite malfunction within organization and implementation process. Accordingly, different kinds of problems might arise. For instance, having several colleges without needed capabilities to operate them in an efficient way.
With regard to the framework of University Organizing Law discussions, Dr. Tarek Khalil asserted on the importance of reconsidering the law that is been used over 50 years now. Thus, coping with current age changes and developments. Public Universities also contributed in graduating many cadres, yet students’ population hinders quality and creativity progress.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary elaborated that educational process in Egypt is controlled over decades till present time by strict laws. These laws include University Organizing Law of 1972. Other existing and applicable laws target liberating public universities. He added: “There are acquired rights for University Professors that is listed in the Egyptian Universities Organizing Law. It is found that in practical application there is almost 100 thousand appointed professor within this law. Now the question is: How will we deal with them in order to start over again?”
Furthermore, Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary stated that current construction works for new universities such as E-JUST is not subject to law no. 49 of 1972. It is subject to a special law that is based upon international agreements between Egypt and the mother state whether it was Japan or any other country; in order to come up with new educational tools.
Prof. Al-Gohary mentioned that the country participates and supports foreign investors seeking to establish universities in Egypt. This shall take place through providing the needed land areas and facilitating associated procedures. Not only do private universities do not have any privileges but also face countless problems. This is what urged political leaders to focus on the educational process within the framework of the country’s undergoing development.
He clarified that based on University Organizing Law; study fees for public universities’ enrolled students are valued at 3,000 GBP for the first year in both Cairo and Ein-Shams Universities. The fees are reduced to 2,500 GBP in the second year. Thus, indicating that Egyptian Universities’ study fees are considered extremely discounted in comparison with other countries.
As for using different technological techniques and possibilities, Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary asserted that Egypt is in dire need to use nanotechnology so that we can control importing equipment from abroad when establishing new factories. He confirmed the importance of acceleration to apply this advanced technology. Egypt is highly capable to import this kind of technology to all of Africa.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary … Advanced Education Pioneer
With his academic and professional expertise for over 32 years now, Prof. Ahmed managed to introduce graduate studies to E-JUST two academic years ago in Mechatronics and Robotics fields. Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary is a graduate of 1978 from Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and chemical pathology, and postgraduate diploma in quality management from American University in Cairo. He held many managerial positions and us currently E-JUST President.
Egypt’s Potential Education Gains
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary pointed that Japanese delegation members responded to high import rates in Egypt. Despite having a great base of working youth and competencies in different economic sectors. These sectors are capable of manufacturing and meeting local market needs from merchandise and services as an alternative to import.
E-JUST President: “E-JUST registered 18 Patents Last Year”
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary: “Japan Wonders Why We Import”
“Egypt is Capable of Importing Technology to Africa .. Focusing on Nanotechnology decreases Need to Import Equipment..
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary views Education to be a Society Matter, not only those in charge of the educational process. Therefore, one should combine between the parents’ target degree and the job which the labor market aims for. Also, the society’s need for capable individuals to be a vital part of this development. Let alone the possibilities of holding leadership positions on the long run.
He further added: “The new generation has enough knowledge to select the Faculty, where they wish to study. Nevertheless, we lack the needed information to take adequate decisions. Technical Education in Egypt reflects a societal image that is not very good. This is due to the transfer of technical education into theoretical studies lacking practical aspects. Consequently, technical school graduates are considered unqualified in the labor market and works in industry unrelated positions like the “TokTok Driver”. One should learn from the Italian “Don Bosko” School experience, that is regarded one of the best technical schools; graduating excellent working individuals.
Nile University President Dr. Tarek Khalil confirmed the importance of coping with constant changes in the labor market. Thus, change in the form of its requirements forces is what pushes people to Technological Education. This kind covers new education aspects, as embodied in Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST).
How Private and Public Universities Work?
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary clarified that On the one hand, Egypt has gained Education revenues throughout the past few years valued at almost 52 million USD. On the other hand, Jordan achieved around 500 million USD. This necessitates working on providing incentives in order to increase the investments in the Education Sector and contribute to the total national income.
He further illustrated that the Education Sector in Egypt includes promising investment opportunities, under the framework of applying all success criteria in the present time. He added stating that the interference of some parties in the educational process for pleasing a wider audience had its negative impact.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary also added that E-JUST was established for enforcing Japanese techniques in Education. This model is based on practical and creative educational implementations. Bearing in mind that E-JUST started off as postgraduate research based university. Number of graduates reached 243 researcher so far, let alone the beginning of undergraduate studies for the past two academic years.
Moreover, E-JUST has placement tests for applied students, to make sure they are qualified to study based on merging between applicable and academic aspects in Borg Al-Arab factories. In addition, the applied system at the University attracts major factories, Egyptian and International companies for contracting with E-JUST students and have them appointed immediately after their graduation.
Dr. Tarek Khalil stated that the state pays great attention in founding 4G Universities.
He pointed out that both E-JUST and Nile University began an orientation towards working with 4G University conditions. Also remarking that Egyptian Public Universities entail some of these characteristics. Nonetheless, there are several obstacles hindering expansion within the set advantages. This pushes one to think in a wider scope for expanding more in this system within the near future.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary pointed out that E-JUST have registered 18 patents during this past year. It is difficult for the undergraduate student who lacks research skills to carry out this kind of research. He backed up his viewpoint by stating that Scientific Research needs the supporting atmosphere in order for it to expand and develop effectively.
Last but not least, he continued his speech with how there are several projects in (pre) undergraduate education that can save up to billions of pounds. These sums of money can be invested in research based universities’ construction. Unfortunately, the problem in Egypt lies in educational systems, Software, Professors and preparing potential cadres who can “think outside the box”.
In conclusion, Prof. Ahmed Al-Gohary praised the concern of political leaders to establishing Technological University in New Cairo. As it serves middle income categories, where they are able of enrolling their children to such University. Finally, graduates shall receive good incomes. Everyone should comprehend their education needs.