Universities of Canada in Egypt announced on Friday a new partnership with Ryerson University, which was officially revealed and celebrated during a launch event on Monday, February 22, at the Nile Ritz Carleton.
Guests attended both virtually and in-person, making it a technologically connected event that represented the innovate nature of Ryerson University’s programs.
It was announced that starting campus this Fall, Ryerson’s Cairo Campus will offer select programs through the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) and the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS). FCAD’s degree programming will include Media Production,
Sport Media, and Fashion, while FEAS’ offerings will include Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. As such, the Universities of Canada invited many prestigious members of the creative, media, and engineering fields to the event.
The Deans from both faculties spoke during the launch and expressed their excitement about bringing these new and competitive programs to Egypt.
Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University, gave a virtual speech at the event and said, “The time has never been better for this partnership. You need skills to succeed in today’s markets. The world needs highly educated and trained people. I can assure you that Ryerson Cairo Campus is ready to play this part.”
Dr. Magdy ElKady, president and chair of the board of Universities of Canada in Egypt, spoke about the Cairo campus saying, “Since our start back in 2018 our main aim was building solid ground of realistic vision, mutual trust, ambition and dedication. The Canadian education experience has futuristic components, state of the art facilities and technology all blended with innovation and hands-on experience.”
Speaking from his post in Ottawa, The Egyptian Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Ahmed Abo Zaid highlighted the features of UofCanada,
“I was really impressed by the campus and facilities offered which I’m sure is an exceptional experience for our students to excel academically, socially and culturally. It is with immense pleasure to see a Canadian university among the elite to embark on this journey for educational and professional excellency in Egypt,” he said.
Louis Dumas, the Canadian Ambassador in Egypt addressed the event attendees in person, and said, “Ryerson University is a unique place. There is nothing that gives me greater pleasure to see it coming straight from the heart of Canada to the heart of Egypt. As an ambassador, I have different goals, the prosperity of Canada and the prosperity of Egypt as well. Such collaboration reenforces the current bridges between Egypt and Canada and creates new bridges in all the social aspects.”
“As an educator and change-maker, FCAD Cairo is looking to working closely with students to stimulate innovative ideas and develop the talent of the future; the hands these fields are going to be in,” said Dean Charles Falzon, dean of FCAD. Dean Thomas Duever, dean of FEAS added, “We are striving to make meaningful shifts in culture by shaping leaders who are curious, ethical, and collaborative.”
“With the limitations of travelling abroad, the need has become urgent and pressing to serve the graduate students and provide them with alternatives to study abroad at accredited universities,” said Dr. Salma El Bakry, Chairperson New Generation School. “The cultural gain of the overseas partnership is the most effective blend that smoothly integrates hearts and minds and that’s what we call ‘The Best Of Both Worlds.’ Ryerson University Cairo branch can serve the intercultural enhancement of human values. As an international K to 12 school operator, I would recommend MENA region students to consider such a satellite university.”
Other key public figures in attendance included the Syndicate of Engineers Eng. Hani El Dahi, the famous TV presenter Ramy Radwan, the Egyptian fashion icon Mohannad Kojak, Former minister of Education Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Nasr, DMZ International & Strategic Coordinator Omar El-Araby, and actor Sherif Ramzy.
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. With the launch of a satellite campus in Cairo, Egypt, Ryerson’s expansion into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will give local students the opportunity to earn a Ryerson degree in an environment that emulates the Canadian university experience.
Ryerson will oversee academic programming, course quality and admission decisions, as the Cairo campus programs will follow the same curricula as those offered to students in Canada. All faculty and staff – at least 50 per cent of whom are anticipated to be Canadian citizens – are being hired with Ryerson’s oversight and are subject to Canadian post-secondary hiring standards. Ryerson will also determine tuition fees for programs according to Egyptian market rates.
About Universities of Canada in Egypt
Universities of Canada in Egypt is a Canadian campus hosting top Canadian universities with innovative & unique programs. UofCanada offers an all-round dynamic and diverse student life. It is the first International Branch Campus in the New Administrative Capital. All programs mirror a blend of international experiences, academics, and cultures. Universities of Canada in Egypt encourages an entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative mindset through experiential learning, state-of-the-art facilities, and cutting-edge technology. For more information, visit uofcanada.edu.eg.
About Ryerson University
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse, and inclusive, the University is home to more than 46,000 students, including 2,900 Master’s and PhD students, 3,800 faculty and staff, and over 200,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit ryerson.ca.