The Prince Edward University branch, hosted by Canadian universities in Egypt, located in the New Administrative Capital, has celebrated the start-up of the new academic year, amid precautionary and preventive measures to protect students, faculty members and workers from the dangers of Corona virus.
President of Canadian Universities in Egypt, Magdy El-Kady, confirmed in his speech, during the press conference held to mark the start of the new academic year, that the corner stone for Canadian universities was laid on the 28th of June 2017 in the presence of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the university’s administration promised President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to construct the university campus within one year, which has already been achieved, as the construction work and buildings were completed after only one year.
El-Kady then explained that the official opening of the university and the acceptance of the first students batch was on the second of July 2018 and that the university now has 3 batches with a total of 700 students from different countries around the globe.
The head of Canadian universities in Egypt added that the establishment of foreign universities branches in the new administrative capital, which has reached 4 universities so far, was directed by the Egyptian state under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, explaining that these universities aim to provide the same resources, opportunities and experiences for Egyptian students to have the same quality of foreign education while they are in their home country.
He pointed out that Canadian universities in Egypt intend to host a new Canadian university that will soon join the Canadian universities family in the Administrative Capital, scheduled to start its academic year in 2021 including unique programs and specializations, and elaborated that all details will be disclosed during an official ceremony soon.
He also assured that Canadian universities in Egypt provide a number of scholarships, including the “Guaranteed Entrance”, which is based on the principle of academic excellence in the Basic Education Certificate (Grade 12) according to the conditions of the Admission and Application Office, and is offered for the first year only, and can be maintained by obtaining a certain sum in the undergraduate years.
There’s also, The Academic Excellence Scholarship which is based on the student’s performance at the university, and is evaluated at the end of each academic year.
In addition, there is Sports Scholarships in which Canadian universities are proud to have two students on the handball team who have already obtained it.
For her part, Dr. Kim Critchley, Academic Head of Prince Edward Canadian University in Cairo, said that today is the first day of the new academic year and comes under exceptional circumstances that affects the world due to the emerging Corona virus, but the university administration and all faculty and staff are doing their best in order to provide the best safe educational service for students, pointing out that during the Corona crisis, study at the university was not interrupted, but rather “we were oriented to distance education”.
Critchley confirmed that her role is to ensure that the same scientific material presented at Prince Edward University in Egypt is completely identical to what is presented at the Canadian mother university, and that students obtain a certificate from Canada upon graduation, explaining that the student can travel abroad and complete his studies in Canada.
She also announced that in regard to the precautionary measures followed, the number of students in classes has been reduced, provided that the percentage of materials taught online is 20%, with the necessity to wear a medical mask (muzzle) at all times, even on university buses, unless there is a safe distance, with the availability of disinfectants and sterilizers in all corners of the university, pointing out that the university has a cooperation agreement with Egyptian hospitals to detect suspected cases, in addition to full coverage through the health insurance network given to all university affiliates.
In turn, Dr. Hadia Hamdi, Vice President and Associate Dean in charge of the College of Business Administration, said that although the college is theoretical, every subject is presented to students with a practical part that is applied through corporate training, and that students will be trained in one of the industrial companies to obtain different experiences.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rasha Al-Shafei, Associate Dean in Charge of the College of Sustainable Engineering, emphasized that the teaching of sustainable design in the College of Engineering does not exist anywhere other than Prince Edward University in the Administrative Capital, and it depends on teaching the student how to evaluate the amount of materials and resources used and how to integrate and adapt it to the environment, noting that all subjects are taught in the university’s engineering workshops, which applies the highest standards of efficiency and safety.
Finally, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sheikh, Associate Dean in charge of the College of Computer Science, explained that the major of Video Game Programming exists only in Canada because it is one of the pioneers in this field and this industry, and there are also other specializations in the university such as (Data Sciences and Business Analytics), and that the university strives that graduates have excellent scientific and theoretical knowledge to join major companies after graduation.
Contributed By: Mohammad Elzoheiry