3 June 2021
ITIDA to Cooperate with Suez Canal, Aswan Universities to Upskill Students


The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has held a meeting with Suez Canal University and Aswan University to discuss how university students can benefit from ITIDA development initiatives and programs, as well as to explore the opportunities of cooperation between ITIDA and researchers at Egyptian universities in entrepreneurship and technology innovation.
 
The meeting with the presidents of the two universities explored ITIDA programs and initiatives for upskilling university students through training young people in modern and in-demand technologies in the labor market, including the Next Technology Leaders (NTL) and Future Work is Digital (FWD) initiatives. This comes as part of ITIDA efforts to build young Egyptians’ digital capacity in freelancing and remote work.
 
ITIDA is also implementing a strategy to develop the language skills of university students and help them master the most in-demand languages in the offshore call center and technical support job market, mainly German, French and English. In this regard, ITIDA has started organizing a pilot program at South Valley University to train 100 young people in the German language, in cooperation with Goethe-Institut.
 
Moreover, the meeting explored ways to encourage students to engage in innovative work and entrepreneurial projects in IT, as ITIDA looks forward for Egyptian universities to becoming a breeding ground for innovative startups, just as top-notch universities apply that model.
 
ITIDA efforts in this area also include establishing Creativa Innovation Hubs at Egyptian universities nationwide, and carrying out the IT Academia Collaboration (ITAC) initiative to strengthen cooperation between academic institutions and the ICT community to help develop innovative products that cover the needs of industry and society.
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