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    SECC Software Testing Training Concluded

    Date published: 23 April 2013

    In cooperation with the Information and Communication Technology Project (ICTP), implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education, the Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC), affiliated to Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), has completed training around 500 university students.
     Students from ten national universities had received training on software testing and had been certified according to ISTQB professional standards.

    This initiative stems from the utmost importance accorded by SECC to develop university studentsí skills to meet the needs of the IT industry and the labor market, hence, bridging the digital gap. 

    This can be made possible through creating more balance between supply and demand of IT skills in all state sectors.

    SECC chairman, Dr Hossam Osman has stressed the absolute necessity of software testing skills for different fields in the domestic labor market and on both, the regional and international levels.

    He has highlighted that the targeted certificate is the most relevant to the industry needs and is the most renowned on both the local and international levels.

    The training program has been designed in line with SECC strategy to enhance partnership and cooperation with Egyptian universities and in accordance with SECC adopted quality policy.
    The program, therefore, is tailored to suit studentsí different aspects with regard to content, duration and cost, Mr Osman has added.

    He has pointed out that the training program also takes into consideration the studentsí academic schedule with the biggest part of the training conducted during the mid-year vacation.

    ITSQB is an international non-profit association specialized in developing software testing syllabi and glossary.  ITSQB levels are divided into three categories, foundation, advanced and expert levels. 

    As of March 2013, the number of certifications issued passed 300,000 in around 70 countries, with a trend of more than 10,000 new certifications per quarter. SECC is the only organization authorized to issue ISTQB certificates in Egypt.

    SECC has offered training to students via its accredited trainers.  A total of ten training programs have been conducted where each program lasts for 5 days.  On the last day, a case study is explained to the students as well as holding a mock exam to ensure the studentsí comprehension of the syllabus.

    Each training session targets qualifying 50 university students from different majors related to the software development industry, such as, the Faculty of Computer Engineering and the Faculty of Computer and Information. 

    SECC has organized training programs in Cairo University, Ain Shams University, Zagagiz University and Minya University during January 27-31.  Other training programs were held in universities of Fayyum, Monofiya, Mansura and Assiut during February 2-6 and in Alexnadria and Banha universities during February 9-13. 

    Qualifying exams were held in each university in two weeks time following the end date of the training program.

    In June 2001, SECC was inaugurated as part of the efforts sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to support IT industry in Egypt.  In 2005, SECC was merged into the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

    SECC offers assessment, training, and development services in addition to technical consulting services to Egyptian IT and software companies.  SECC has been delivering its services to more than 500 companies and more than 14,000 trainees.  SECC scope caters its services to the Gulf States and the ME.

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