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    Information Technology Clubs

    Date published: 28 December 2004

    A cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Higher education aims to expand the number of IT clubs to all national universities and college campuses. The clubs are geared to provide computer services, training on computer and IT skills and the use of the Internet, in the context of their educational curricula.

    Under the agreement, the Ministry of Higher Education will provide the premises of the planned clubs, and MCIT will provide equipment, Internet connection and programs. In 2005, 500 IT clubs are scheduled to be established across Egyptís governorates.

    Currently, some 1,080 existent IT clubs are being assessed to track their growth and development, and to highlight problems for failing and future clubs.

    On the other hand, the Ministry of Youth has launched its plan to establish 537 IT Clubs at youth centers, bringing the total to 1,000 IT Clubs. The clubs are set up in cooperation with MCIT, the Social Fund for Development, and one of Egyptís national banks. Youth center IT clubs are structured to become small enterprises, providing employment opportunities for youth upon receiving training on how to run and administer the venture.

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