Higher education, research & innovation day: event highlights EU-Egypt cooperation
October 10, 2017
The EU Delegation to Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research yesterday launched the ‘EU-Egypt Higher Education, Research and Innovation Day’ to showcase existing cooperation and promote further cooperation in the fields.
The event brought together around 200 stakeholders from academic institutions, researchers, business community, financial institutions, NGOs and government, as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups, and included an exhibition where EU member states presented their higher education, research and innovation programmes that enable cooperation between European and Egyptian organisations.
“Egypt’s leading role in EU-Mediterranean initiatives in research and innovation and science diplomacy is commendable and we are glad to note also the very good track record of Egypt`s participation in the EU research and innovation programmes, including Horizon 2020,” said Sandra De Waele, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt.
Egypt successfully participated in 27 new projects under Horizon 2020 (H2020), which covered topics including cancer research, eco-fishing, nano-technology, virtual simulation and water research, and benefitted of various initiatives supporting Egyptian researchers’ mobility.
“H2020 will launch its new calls on 27 October and I hope that students, researchers and institutions in Egypt will continue to benefit from the new grants available,” she added.
The Deputy Head of Delegation also highlighted EU-Egypt cooperation in the area of higher education. “Between 2008 and 2014, around 1,000 Egyptian students benefited from EU-sponsored scholarships. During the same period, Egyptian institutions participated in 49 Tempus projects, involving 29 Egyptian universities. Tempus projects have played a key role in promoting the internationalisation and modernisation of Egyptian higher education institutions.”