23 September 2019
MCIT, EPITA Sign LoI to Cooperate in Data Science, Software Engineering Capacity Building

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ecole Pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancees (EPITA) at EPITA headquarters in Paris, in the presence of Egypt's Ambassador to France Ehab Badawy.

The aim is to enhance cooperation between the two countries in training and skills development in data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technological specializations.

The LoI stipulates that EPITA and MCIT cooperate in developing curricula and training courses in data science, AI, multimedia, cybersecurity, embedded systems, software engineering and other fields, including Training of Trainers (TOT) programs, and make them available through the Information Technology Institute (ITI) or online.

The ICT Minister met with EPITA Director General Joel Courtois; they discussed establishing partnerships between EPITA and a number of Egyptian universities to provide certificates accredited by both sides.

EPITA is a French higher education institution specializing in computer science and computer engineering.

Moreover, Talaat met with the Executive Director of the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) at Sorbonne University Xavier Fresquet. They discussed the University’s strategy for AI, and SCAI activities.

The two sides also discussed the possibility of twinning Sorbonne University with the ICT university to be established in the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital. They also discussed cooperation in building capacities of graduates in AI sciences.

In addition, they discussed the possibility of collaboration between SCAI in France, its branch in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the applied research center that will be established in Egypt to serve AI various projects and applications, focusing on different sectors including healthcare, transportation, and agriculture. This reflects Egypt’s keenness on partnering with the world’s leading institutions to carry out projects of common interest.

The meetings were attended by the Deputy Minister for Human and Institutional Capacity Development and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Hala El Gohary, the ICT Minister’s Advisor for AI Golestan Radwan, and a number of MCIT officials.

The ICT Minister met with the French Minister of State for the Digital Sector during his visit to France that comprises a number of meetings with government officials and representatives of international ICT companies, to discuss enhancing cooperation in ICTs, particularly capacity building and AI.

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