Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of the Egyptian Japanese University: Egyptian universities are living their golden age in the era of President El-Sisi

Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of the Egyptian Japanese University:
Egyptian universities are living their golden age in the era of President El-Sisi

Soon … Establishing 14 new colleges in our University at a cost of EGP 10 billion

Creating 60 new scientific programs to support the state’s vision for sustainable development

The Japanese education model supports students’ ability to innovate, create, and develop teamwork

We provide our students with summer training opportunities in the most prominent international companies in Japan

Scientific partnership with 15 Japanese universities; 22 of their scientists won the Nobel Prize

We seek to prepare a generation of graduates capable of keeping pace with developments in the international labor market

48 international patents were registered in the United States, England and Egypt.

Establish centers of excellence for basic and applied research to serve the local and regional community
Major companies in Egypt are eagerly seeking graduates of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology … students have received attractive offers to work upon graduation.

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Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, confirmed that in implementation of President El-Sisi’s directives during the inauguration of the University to complete the entire campus, 14 new faculties will soon be constructed at a cost of EGP 10 billion, according to the latest international systems keeping pace with the fourth generation of universities.

He added that the university is interested in new programs that link graduates with the labor market, and the coming period will witness the creation of 60 new programs to support the state’s vision of sustainable development and prepare scientific cadres qualified to participate in national projects and the process of construction and development.

Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary added during his interview with “…….” newspaper that Egyptian universities are witnessing a major breakthrough and a leap in the type and quality of education and the number of new educational edifices never witnessed before in the history of Egypt, explaining that universities are currently living in a golden age during the era of President El-Sisi.

Prof. El-Gohary said: The essential thing is that the distinction of the Japanese education model supports the students’ ability to innovate and create, developing teamwork and fostering experience to keep pace with the needs of the international labor market. It provides them with the opportunity for summer training in the most prominent international companies in Japan, stressing that the major companies in Egypt are eagerly seeking graduates of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology and students have received attractive offers to work upon graduation.

What is your evaluation of the university scene in Egypt?

Universities are living in their golden age … there is interest in raising the quality of education and improving its outputs … Education represents a national security issue and comes at the top of the political leadership’s priorities as it contributes to implementing the strategy of building the Egyptian human being … We currently find the state’s interest in developing the higher educational system and opening up giant educational edifices that have been designed according to the latest global systems. The fourth generation of universities keeps pace with this, as well as the new national, technological, private and international universities which has achieved a major leap in the type and quality of education in Egypt. This in turn, contributes to preparing a generation of graduates capable of learning and producing knowledge and qualified to compete strongly in the international and local labor market.

What is the nature of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology?

Our university is the first Egyptian governmental research university wholly owned by the state. It was established on the basis of the cultural cooperation agreement between Egypt and Japan, signed in 1983, and in 2014 the President of the Republic issued a decree regarding the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology as an educational public facility of a special nature and enjoys legal personality.

What are the most important features of its strategy in education?

It relies on the use of Japanese educational systems and academic concepts that are based on laboratory methods in teaching and learning based on the completion of research projects. We aim to provide modern academic programs where centers of excellence have been established for basic and applied research that serve the local and regional community by building partnerships with Japanese academic and research institutions. They aim to serve the industry through conducted applied research and familiarization with advanced Japanese technologies.

When did study start at the university?

The University started as an idea in 2003 and developed through the Arab-Japanese dialogue in 2005. The first phase ended with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Egyptian and Japanese governments. After that, the second phase began by accepting the first batch of graduate students in engineering education programs for master’s and doctoral degrees in February 2010 … Then we began to accept undergraduate students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in eight programs at the Faculty of Engineering, and two programs at the Faculty of International Business and Humanities in 2017.

When will the campus buildings be completed?

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s inauguration of the University was a major breakthrough for the University, as the President directed the completion of the construction of the entire campus, and we will soon begin building 14 new faculties at a cost of EGP 10 billion and developing 60 new programs to meet the needs of the labor market … The opening ceremony also shed light on the University locally and internationally. He reflected the political leadership’s interest in developing the educational system in Egypt, which contributes to implementing the strategy of building the Egyptian human being.

What is the size of the scientific partnership and academic cooperation with the Japanese side?

We have a partnership with 15 international Japanese universities who have 22 scientists which previously received the Nobel Prize … We have two Japanese vice-presidents, and we receive 100 Japanese professors throughout the year at the university. 38 faculty members, 12 laboratory engineers and 22 administrative staff members traveled to Japan for training purposes… Also, the University offers administrators the opportunity to study for their master’s degree in Japan within the framework of a scholarship provided by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, whereby 8 administrators are currently studying in Japan.

How are students accepted … Are there full scholarships?

Students are selected after passing the admission exams in the English language, both written and oral. We target excellent and serious students; however, the total does not depend on it alone as the basis for selection and there is no room for any recommendation or intervention for admission … The University offers a set of scholarships to students, including scholarships for academic and athletic excellence, grants for the children of martyrs, grants for the border governorates and Upper Egypt, and there are grants from outside parties such as Zakat House, Misr El-Kheir Foundation and Surgi-Tech for scientific inventions and patents awards.

What are the most important scientific awards that the University has won?

Five faculty members won State Appreciation Awards during the years 2017 and 2018, and 14 faculty members won international awards during the other two years as well. 2 faculty members won awards twice in a row at the Cairo International Innovation Fair, and 48 international patents were registered in the United States, England and Egypt.

How do you link between scientific research and industry?

The Industrial Training Unit was established at the University to undertake the task of coordinating the provision of training programs for companies and factories in various administrative and technical aspects. Within a year the unit implemented a set of programs in the fields of supply chain management, production planning, inventory management, the fourth industrial revolution, digital transformation, modern leadership methods in addition to other topics. The idea was to contribute to helping the Egyptian industry in keeping pace with global changes and continuous development in management and industry. The University also contracted with a group of major industrial companies in Egypt to implement long-term training programs for higher administrative levels and specialized engineers.

What about the missions of the Ministry of Internal Education of your university?

Due to the University’s excellence in scientific research, a protocol has been signed with the Ministry of Higher Education since 2010 to send members of the faculty support staff from various universities in Egypt internally to the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology to obtain their masters and doctoral degrees. We graduate 40 faculty members annually after they obtain academic degrees and so far, we have been able to graduate 320 researchers since 2010.

The campus is smart and environmentally friendly. What are its most important features?

The new campus was designed by a Japanese architect, and it is located on an area of 200 acres, and the percentage occupied by the buildings is 17% of the total area. The the design keeps pace with the latest global technology available and is characterized by being environmentally friendly, with a smart electronic management system. It relies on providing an infrastructure at the highest technological level. We have an information network whereby the speed of data transfer in the distribution areas in it reaches up to 10 gigabits per second, and in the area of the core of the network up to 40 and will be increased to 100 gigabits per second in the future.

We also have a data center with an area of 1200 square meters to provide research services and run the University at optimal performance provided by an Internet connection of up to 1 gigabit per second. The electrical energy sources are also controlled by highly sensitive sensors to control energy consumption, and a treatment plant has been established for wastewater and chemical water recycling in landscape irrigation.