31 January 2021
Higher Education, ICT Ministers Witness Signing Protocol to Establish Creativa Innovation Hub in Benha University

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talat, witnessed, today, through videoconference, the signing of a protocol of cooperation between the University of Benha and the  Information Technology Institute (ITI). The aim is to establish a Creativa Innovation Hub to develop the skills of Benha University students and graduates, and of young people in Qalyubia, and qualify them for the requirements of the IT and entrepreneurship local and global job markets.

Abdel Ghaffar underlined that the protocol comes within the framework of the cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to implement the presidential initiative of establishing Creativa Innovation Hubs in Egyptian universities. This comes in light of the national digital transformation strategy and Egypt’s keenness to develop a generation of skilled people in various technological fields, which will help create new jobs and equip young people with the skills required for future jobs.

The protocol represents a strong starting point for implementing the third phase of Creativa  Innovation Hubs project, said the Higher Education Minister. The project was first implemented in cooperation between the two ministries, in universities including Mansoura, Menofia, Minya, Aswan, and South Valley in Qena. The aim is to qualify university students and graduates for the local and global job markets, develop skilled people who can boost and develop the IT industry, and raise awareness of the latest developments in IT, its specializations and skills, he added.

For his part, the ICT Minister stressed that Creativa Innovation Hubs aim to create an enabling environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship, provide specialized technical training and allow the exchange of experiences among young people nationwide. This will help create specialized digital skills, empower young entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and create new jobs, which will have a positive impact on the development of governorates.

Talat said that there is current cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in a number of projects, adding that the universities that will host Creativa  Innovation Hubs have been chosen. The aim is to reach a broad base of young people and cooperate with faculty members to train and mentor students in innovative and entrepreneurial activities.

The ICT Minister highlighted that the protocol represents the first step of cooperation to implement phase three of the project, to increase the total number of Creativa  Innovation Hubs to 11, in two years. Phase one included running five pilot Hubs in Mansoura, Minya, Sohag and South Valley Universities. Work is underway to establish five other Hubs in Ismailia, Aswan, Cairo, Giza and the New Administrative Capital, as part of phase two of the project, he added.

The protocol was signed by Benha University Vice President Nasser El-Gizawy, and ITI Chairwoman Heba Saleh.

El-Gizawy stated that the methodology and main pillars of work for establishing the Hubs include providing consultation in career path, and technical and practical training programs in ICT.

For her part, Saleh highlighted that the protocol provides for training faculty members, who act as technology ambassadors; providing accredited services and certificates, in collaboration with the private sector; supporting freelancing, innovation and entrepreneurship skills; and creating an enabling environment for modern technology.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Former President of Benha University and Member of Parliament Gamal Elsaeed, the Dean at Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hala Zayed, CIO Islam ElShaarawy, Vice CIO Shady Elmashad, the Assistant ICT Minister for Strategy and Implementation Sherine El-Guindy, the Director of the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Iman Ashour, and the Advisor to the ICT Minister for Technology Innovation, Electronics Industry and Training Hossam Osman.

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