Dr. Kim Critchley, Academic Head of the Canadian Edward University branch in the New Administrative Capital, expressed her happiness and complete satisfaction with the experience of establishing a subsidiary of the Canadian university in Egypt, stressing that the experiment succeeded remarkably.
Moreover, Critchley added that it is not related only to transferring experiences from Canada to Egypt but also having a flexible relationship between the two parties, each influencing the other.
In an exclusive interview with “Sada Al-Balad Universities,” Critchley praised the start of the first day at the university, calling on students to enjoy their time, practice activities, and commit to studying to achieve academic excellence.
Critchley pointed out that studying this year faced exceptional circumstances due to the Coronavirus. She also confirmed that her role at the university is to ensure that the same scientific material presented at Prince Edward University in Egypt is identical to the Canadian University.
Furthermore, Critchley noted that the students can obtain their graduation certificate from Canada and that they have the right to travel and complete their studies at the Canadian mother university after completing the first year at the headquarters in the Administrative Capital.
Graduation of the first batch of Canadian University in Egypt next year:
The Head of the Canadian University stated that,” We will organize for students full graduation ceremony, and they will get to choose to attend graduation in Canada. Yet, they need first to join the graduation ceremony at the university branch in the capital.”
Comprehensive training in all colleges of the university:
Critchley confirmed that the Canadian University in Egypt has many distinguished study programs, which allows the graduation of efficient students who are qualified for the international labor market.
She added that all the colleges of the university have a complete department for training students.
The university plan to deal with the second wave of the Coronavirus:
Critchley said that ”We faced this challenge before in March, at the end of the winter semester at Edward university, and we dealt with it by using high technologies provided by Canadian universities since the exams and corrections, conducted online.
She continued: “Because of our first experience in dealing with the virus in March, we can deal with any emergency in case the situation deteriorates upon the emergence of the second wave.”
She indicated that the Edward university, in cooperation with senior faculty members, formed a specialized committee to develop a study plan for the new year, besides preventive measurements to cope with the virus.
These measures include not allowing entry to the Edward university campus without wearing a medical mask and measuring the temperature, as well as providing sterilization cabins at the campus gates and car garages.
She explained that the capacity of classrooms, cooperative classes, engineering workshops, specialized laboratories, and transport buses to be reduced to 50%.
She also added that the number of students in classes to be reduced, providing that the percentage of subjects taught “online” is between 20 to 30%, and the remaining to attend the university, taking into consideration the social distancing among students.
She indicated that a cooperation agreement has also been concluded with the Fever Hospital and government hospitals to examine suspected cases, with comprehensive insurance for students as well as Canadian faculty members if they come to Egypt to teach students.
She emphasized that Edward university should not be complacent in helping and supporting the students and Canadian faculty members.
Contributed by Ezzeldin