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    ICT Minister Visits Sohag University New Campus, Takes Tour in Innovation Cluster

    Sohag, 2 January 2020

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, accompanied by Sohag Governor Tarek El-Feky, visited, today, Sohag University new campus in El Kawamel area, received by the President of Sohag University Ahmed Aziz. This was during Talaat’s visit to Sohag to open and inspect a number of ICT and post projects.
    The visit comes within the framework of achieving the State’s strategy for building the Egyptian citizen and qualifying human calibers, and the plan of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to establish innovation clusters inside Menoufia, Mansoura, Minya, Sohag, South Valley – Qena, and Aswan Universities.
    During the visit, the ICT Minister met with the students of the Faculty of Computers and Information, and the trainees of the training programs carried out in collaboration between the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and Sohag University. Talaat explored the programs currently implemented.
    The students, members of the Innovation Ambassador Program; the Teaching Assistants and freelancers, participants of the new freelance coworking space initiative; and the university students discussed with the ICT Minister their ideas, participation, and views on MCIT programs and how to benefit from them.
    During the meeting, Talaat delivered a speech where he underlined the distinction of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, given the unprecedented rapid pace of technology adoption, and miscibility of technologies. He said that what Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide on its own differs from what it can provide if used alongside 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity, adding that this mixture can achieve unprecedented elements.
    Moreover, the ICT  Minister stated that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will create some challenges, according to international reports, including the disappearance of around 75 million jobs worldwide, in the next decade. However, there is nothing to worry about, as according to international reports, around 133 million new jobs will appear. Talaat referred to the significance of acquiring new skills to keep up with these changes and seize the new jobs that the Fourth Industrial Revolution helped create.
    Talaat also said that building digital Egypt is the responsibility of all the state elements, including the government sector, the private sector, the civil society and academia. He added that digital Egypt will help provide governmental services, job opportunities, training and education through digital means. He called on the students to keep learning and acquiring new skills required by the labor market, including the ability to learn, and reaching out to the global market through freelance work that does not require moving or traveling.
    For her part, ITI Chairwoman Heba Saleh presented a number of initiatives that help provide the latest technology programs and applications to meet the labor market needs. These initiatives include the innovation ambassador program, offered to faculty members, experts and trainers of the most required and prominent fields; the freelancing initiative, supporting training and empowering graduates in the freelance coworking spaces, at the new offices; and the Intensive Training Programs, targeting university students in nearby governorates. This is an addition to summer trainings for senior students, and “Masarak” initiative that introduces freshmen to technology jobs and their developments.
    Saleh also presented the avenues of partnership with technology companies, certificates and specialized labs partners.
    During his meeting with Sohag Governor, the ICT Minister agreed on providing fiber optic cables to the university new campus to support communications with Internet access to meet the growing needs of education. This is in addition to establishing a cell tower to enhance telecommunication network, a postal services center inside the university, and a network lab at the Faculty of Computers and Information.
    Furthermore, Talaat and El-Feky took a tour in the innovation cluster established inside Sohag University, where they explored closely the constructions and the infrastructure currently under construction.

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