By: Ibrahim Eldeeb, Mai Shaheen, Yassmine ElSayed
CAIRO, Feb. 4 (SEE) – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Khalid Abdel Ghaffar laid the foundation stone for the German International University of Applied Sciences (GIUAS) in the new administrative capital.
The event was attended by Peter Altmeyer, German minister of Economy and Energy, Dr. Sahar Nasr, minister of Investment and International Cooperation, George Loy, German ambassador to Cairo, Dr. Christian Muller, deputy secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Isabelle Mering, director of the German Egyptian Mobility Program for Scientific Exchange and Excellence Development GE-SEED, heads of German universities, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Higher Education in Egypt and Germany, and a high-ranking German economic delegation.
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar stressed Egypt’s keenness to achieve comprehensive development in various fields, especially in the fields of higher education and scientific research, pointing out that education, scientific research and innovation are the main pillars of Egypt’s vision for sustainable development 2030.
He added that opening branches for foreign universities in Egypt helps in educational institutions competing with each other to provide a distinguished educational service suitable for Egyptians, reduce the cost of scholarships abroad, and attract the largest number of international students.
The minister stressed the importance of benefiting from the foreign expertise in high level of scientific and educational programs such as Germany. He pointed out that this cooperation is clearly reflected in projects between both countries. Among which is the dispatch of 1500 to 2000 students in various scientific programs, beside establishing the German University in Cairo, one of the biggest, most successful german educational institution outside Germany.
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar added that Egypt will be the first country in the world to have two German education systems (research and empirical science), pointing to the interest of the political leadership to attract these distinctive educational systems.
He noted that the German International University of Applied Sciences will be one of the most successful scientific establishments in Egypt after its opening next year 2020. This is by providing students with German courses, and will confer degrees of MA and PhD for Egyptian and African students, based on the concept of “Know How – Do How”.
He affirmed that the courses will qualify graduates and open various working prospects for them, through studying in the faculties of engineering and its specialties (Automotive, Energy, Mechanics, Electronics and Robotics), and Computer Science (Applied Computer Science, Database Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering) and Business School (Finance and Banking Science, Small and Medium Enterprises, International Management, Tourism and Hospitality, Project Management and Construction, Ports Management, Logistics, Real Estate Management, Digital Marketing) and the Design College (Decoration Clothing and Accessories).
On his part, Christian Miller, deputy secretary-general of DAAD, said that his institution has been supporting the Egyptians since the sixties and that its second worldwide office was opened in Cairo in 1960. He noted that the number of Egyptian students in Germany reached 2000 students.
On other hand, Peter Altmeyer, federal minister of Economy and Energy thanked the Egyptians for the contribution of their ancient civilization, which was a source of inspiration for the civilization of Germany. He explained that when he came to the new administrative capital and found a desert, he immediately recalled the Valley of the Kings and the Egyptian pharaonic history of strength, stressing that laying the foundation stone of the University in the new administrative capital is a historic event between Egypt and Germany.
He stressed that the German University of Applied Sciences was once again affected by Egyptians, and that thousands of students will find a good opportunity for quality education at it, where the administrative capital will be a center for industry and education of skills.
The German minister said that 40 years ago, the German applied science universities were not having luster or receiving the proper appreciation, but now, they have become a pillar of higher education in Germany, and there is currently a link between applied universities, industry and economy, and this pairing produced skilful students for the labor market.