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Under the auspices of Professor Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, Dr. Saeed Allam, Vice President of the University for Community Service and Environmental Development Affairs, participated today in the activities of the “The Future Belongs to Africa” Forum in its second edition, which is organized by Alexandria University, represented by the University Centre for Professional Development (UCCD), in cooperation With Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Senghor University, and will be held from February 19-21 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
 

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In his speech, the Vice President of the University stressed the interest of Alexandria University in well-preparing its graduates from various faculties to qualify them for the labour market to keep pace with its changing job requirements. He explained that Alexandria University is working to bridge the gap between the academic and professional aspects, thus it established university centres for professional development to provide training courses, workshops, and training opportunities during undergraduate years and after graduation. He pointed out that these centres provided professional development services to more than 20,000 students and graduates over the past three years.
 

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Dr. Ayman Farid, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Strategic Planning, indicated that the forum seeks to bridge the gap between higher education and the African labour market, and aims to identify the challenges related to providing sustainable job opportunities for Egyptian and African youth. It also supports the culture of entrepreneurship and free enterprise in line with Egypt’s 2030 vision to improve the standard of living for all social groups by providing good work, training, refining skills, encouraging scientific research and innovation, and developing unified strategies to combat unemployment and labour shortages among young people. Dr. Ayman Farid reviewed the history of establishing professional development and entrepreneurship centres in Egyptian universities from 2012 until now, explaining that Alexandria University was one of the first Egyptian universities to work in this direction, along with the universities of Mansoura and Ain Shams.
 
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During today's activities, the forum addresses 3 sessions: Education in the Digital Age (Creating Good Job Opportunities), Entrepreneurship and Independent Education (Future in light of the Latest Technologies), and the Future of Employment in Africa (Strengthening Human Capital in Africa).
 
 
 
Among the participants in the forum activities were Ms. Heba El-Rafei, Acting Head of the External Relations Sector at the BA, Professor Thierry Verdel, President of Senghor University, representatives of the various sectors of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Senghor University, and Dr. Aisha Hamdy, Director of the University Centre for Professional Development at the Faculty of Business, and the regional representative of the project.
 
 
 
On the sidelines of the forum, an employment fair was opened with the participation of more than 15 companies to showcase the latest job and training opportunities.
 

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The Unit for Combating Violence against Women at Alexandria University organized a seminar at the Medical Research Institute entitled “Physical and Psychological Abuse and Ways to Detect and Treat Them”, with the participation of Professor Dr. Khaled Matarawi, Acting Dean of the Institute, Vice-Dean of the Institute for Community Service Affairs, in addition to unit coordinators, several faculty members and employees of the Institute.
 
 
 
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During the seminar, Professor Dr. Manal Fouda, Executive Director of the Unit, gave a presentation about the Unit, its most important achievements, and the services and support it provides to university members. Dr. Wafaa El-Sehli, Professor of Forensic Medicine and member of the Unit’s Board of Directors, gave a presentation on the most important forms of physical and psychological violence that have been documented globally and the widespread violent crimes. Dr. Marwa Ammar, Professor of Mental Health at the Faculty of Education, presented the most important forms of psychological violence and ways to detect and prevent them.
 
 
Constructive discussions took place between the platform and the attendees, which enriched the discussion and made it a fruitful interactive seminar.
 
 
 
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Under the directives of Dr. Abdulaziz Kansooh, President of Alexandria University, to upgrade the security and safety system within the campus and to complement civil protection procedures and ensure the working environment, safety and occupational health, The Secretary-General's sector organized the university in cooperation with the training centre of the Civil Protection Department of the Ministry of Interior in Alexandria Training course for staff of the University's colleges and institutes from 4 to 8 February 2024 Training in civil protection work, during which personnel were trained in firefighting and emergency evacuation work Mr. Mohammed Abu Al-Nasser, Secretary General of the University, stressed that this training is aimed at preserving the competence and ability of workers in dealing with such situations in such a way as to preserve property and lives as well as to meet occupational safety and health requirements.

 

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Dr. Ali Abdelmohsen, Acting Vice President of Alexandria University for Education and Student Affairs, congratulated, during the Education and Student Affairs Council meeting held today, Dr. Ibrahim Rehab, emeritus professor at the Faculty of Agriculture and Advisor to the University President for African Affairs, and Dr. Sameh Nakhla, Director of the University’s Measurement and Evaluation Centre, for the decree issued by Professor Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of the University, to appoint them as members of the Education and Student Affairs Council.
 
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• The university vice president stressed the importance of the role of academic advisors in providing academic support to students at the beginning of the second semester, introducing them to the educational systems and regulations, encouraging the outstanding and gifted, helping the struggling students to raise the academic level, developing the students’ personal abilities, solving their problems, and correcting their academic path. Dr. Abdelmohsen indicated the necessity of making every effort to provide facilities and overcome obstacles facing university students with special needs. He also thanked the deans and vice deans of the faculties for the good management of the examination process for the first semester, praising the level of order and discipline in the examination committees.
 
 
 
• Within the framework of the state’s strategy to combat drug addiction among youth in general and university students in particular, the university vice president directed faculty deans to launch student awareness events and initiatives to spread awareness of the danger of addiction, including giving lectures, holding educational seminars, and organizing activities in all faculties.
 
 
 
• The Council approved in principle a proposal for cooperation between the Applied Linguistics Program (English Language Division) at the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University and the Applied Languages Program at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain to improve the English language communication skills of the program’s students at the two universities.
 
 
 
• The Council was informed of the issues that were discussed at the Supreme Council for Education and Student Affairs, including the formation of a higher committee to improve the quality of the university e-book, and the cooperation agreement between the Supreme Council of Universities and the British Council regarding conducting and training for the International English Language Test (IELTS) with the aim of facilitating the process for students.
 
 
 
• The Council witnessed a presentation by Dr. Sameh Nakhla, Director of the University’s Measurement and Evaluation Centre, to review the university’s course results report for Fall 2023 semester.
 

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The Alexandria University Rover Scouts team won first place in the competitions of the 31st Summit for Rover Scouts, which was held at Tanta University, with the participation of 13 Egyptian universities.
 
 
Team leader Enar Mohamed won the Ideal Leader Award, while student Maryam Abdelqader won the Ideal Speaker Award. In addition, student Habiba Ibrahim won the Ideal Female Scout Award, and her colleague Adham Ehab received the Ideal Male Scout Award.
 
 
The Alexandria University team was accompanied by the team’s coaches, Mr. Marwan El-Hennawy and Mr. Mohamed Ali, as well as Mr. Sameh Hamouda Ahmed, Director of the Scouts and Public Service Department, Ms. Hind Alimi, and Ms. Marwa Gamal, scouts supervisors.