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    Pan African E-Network Launches

    Alexandria, 2 September 2013
    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mr Atef Helmy conducted a visit on Monday, September 2 to the University of Alexandria headed by Dr Osama Ibrahim to witness the events of implementing phase one of the Pan African E-Network project, as well as attending the University’s celebration for setting up the headquarters for the regional university and the highly specialized hospital, in cooperation with Indian-African network for distance learning and medicine.

    Mr Helmy was accompanied by the deans of both faculties of Medicine and Commerce, as well as the Indian Ambassador to Egypt.

    Pan African E-Network project is part of the grant offered to the African Union by the Indian government to use ICT in providing free five-year medical services and scholarships for African countries. The project establishes distance learning and online treatment sites in each African country.

    In 2007, Egypt –along with other 46 countries- signed the cooperation protocol. There are 12 Indian hospitals involved in the Pan African E-Network project to provide free consultations and medical lectures, in addition to 7 leading Indian universities offering scholarships.

    The first phase has witnessed a number of achievements in line with the project’s objective.

    The distance learning site has been activated with the number of accepted students in the business administration scholarship in IGNOU University reaching 25.

    This is in addition to 48 students who were accepted to complete their master degrees in IT specialization at the University of Madras, 28 students in the international business administration diploma and 15 students in the scholarship for IT diploma at Amity University.

    The site for telemedicine is now operating and medical lectures started broadcasting in November 2009. Alexandria Regional Center achieved the highest percentage of attendees in the African countries in 2010, where 873 lectures have been held and a number of 19,130 attendees have been participating until July 2013.

    ICT Minister, the Indian Ambassador and other participants visited the new teaching hospital in the faculty of medicine at the University of Alexandria to explore opportunities of future collaboration among participant parties of the project, develop ways of execution to serve all African countries involved in the agreement.

    The new teaching hospital in Alexandria has been selected as the highly specialized regional hospital for North Africa region, allowing  it to provide medical consultancies and lectures for every participant African country.

    Furthermore, the University of Alexandria has also been chosen to be the regional university for North Arica region, providing scholarships to each participant African country.

    The next period will witness coordination between different parties for means of promoting the executive framework of the project. Both the faculty of commerce and the hospital at the University of Alexandria are to provide educational and medical services to each participant country in the project by using electronic tools, thus providing these services to other beneficiaries in other countries.

    Phase two is to make the University of Alexandria and its hospital a significant regional center for the African continent. They will provide educational and health services, thus promoting and underlining Egypt’s role at regional level through the provision of these services which help African development.

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