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Sussex develops partnerships with universities in Egypt

Professors Jonathan Bacon (left) and Clare Mackie (centre) hosted a visit in May 2017 by the BUE.

The University of Sussex is embarking on new collaborations with two prestigious universities in Egypt.

The international partnerships aim to build scientific research and increase opportunities for student and staff exchanges.

  • Sussex Pharmacy will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the British University in Egypt (BUE), to develop joint arrangements in teaching, research and related collaboration.
  • The School of Engineering and Informatics will sign an MOU with the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in Cairo, to promote co-operation between the two institutions in education and academic research.

These two new developments are championed by Professor Jonathan Bacon, Director of International Recruitment and Development, and the International Office, under the patronage of the British Council in Egypt.

Several visits have taken place since September 2016, the start of collaboration discussions.

BUE’s School of Pharmacy visit to the University of Sussex campus in May 2017 was followed later that month by a return visit, led by Director of Pharmacy Professor Bugewa Apampa and Dr Geeta Hitch, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice.

When the Faculty of Engineering from Ain Shams University visited Sussex in July 2017, they discussed opportunities for future collaboration with Sussex staff: Professor Bacon was supported in these discussions by Professor Maziar Nekovee, Head of the Engineering and Design department; Professor Ian Wakeman, Head of the Informatics department; Dr Phil Birch, Director of Admissions and Recruitment in the School of Engineering and Informatics; and staff from the International Office.

The previous weekend, cars from both Sussex and Ain Shams had competed at Silverstone race track in the Formula Student event - a global competition that challenges student engineers to design, build and race a racing car.

In January 2017, Professor Bacon had been accompanied on a visit to Ain Shams University by Sarah Scally, International Officer (Africa and Middle-East).

The two new developments have flourished since it was announced that 2016 would be the ‘Egypt-UK Year of Research, Innovation and Education’. While English is generally the second language in Egypt after Arabic, it is the first language at Egyptian universities, making it easy for academics in the two countries to collaborate.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 4 August 2017

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