Within the framework of its growing societal role, in particular for the educational process, the National Bank of Egypt directed approximately 15 million pounds to the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology in Borg El-Arab in order to support various activities of the University and its students at the scientific and athletic levels.
Hisham Okasha, Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt, said that the contribution from the bank comes in line with the aim of its strategy to support universities and scientific research institutions based on the effective role of the bank in aiding the educational process in Egypt believing it is one of the most important development plans of the state and one of the axes of Egypt’s 2030 vision. He continued to state that education is the main pillar of the country’s progress, especially since the bank’s support to the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology – which is the first Japanese university outside Japan, applying the standards and techniques of Japanese higher education and scientific research – aims to provide the best conditions for students, particularly students with special needs, to exercise their daily lives on campus, whether through studying or practicing athletics. He stressed the bank’s interest in this imperative group in society and its effort to integrate them naturally with their peers in various daily activities.
Okasha pointed out that the National Bank of Egypt contributed about one billion pounds in the educational sector, out of a total societal contribution of 8 billion pounds in the last six years, whereby the bank followed the criteria of sustainable community development to achieve a better future for the people of Egypt.
Nermine Shehabeldine, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communication and CSR, added that the bank’s support to the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology will be directed towards contributing to the establishment of an official football stadium built to help university students practice sports in the Main Campus. This comes to complement the rest of the sports facilities inside the 200-acre campus. The Engineering Authority built the campus according to international engineering standards, and through applying a practical concept of environmentally friendly green architecture, electric powered cars will be provided to move around campus without causing environmental pollution. This goes in hand with the support to students who are excelling athletically by supporting training camps and providing specialized equipment to aid in their training within the University. However, she confirms that the support comes in light of visits to the University made by the bank’s social responsibility team and an assessment of its most important needs in an effort to achieve a tangible impact on its students, which are the criteria the bank follows in its contributions in various areas of social responsibility.
Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of the University, expressed his deep appreciation to the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Egypt headed by Mr. Hisham Okasha, for their support to the University and its students in every aspect related to their daily life within the University. He praised the bank’s role and contributions in various developmental and social areas in Egypt, stressing that the philosophy of supporting Egyptian universities and research centers reflects great awareness, and apprehension by the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Egypt to the importance of the role of education and scientific research in achieving an economic renaissance that benefits our beloved Egypt. This is a continuation of the historic role of the National Bank of Egypt as one of the largest financial institutions, not only in Egypt, but in the region as a whole.
It is noteworthy that the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology is an Egyptian governmental research-oriented university, established in the framework of fruitful cooperation between the Egyptian and Japanese governments. It aims to provide modern academic programs and the establishment of centers of excellence for basic and applied research, which serve the local and regional community, by building partnerships with Japanese academic and research institutions. It provides an advanced scientific level comparable to the best global systems for high school graduates and equivalents, as well as granting masters and doctorate degrees to researchers from Egyptian universities.