The Erasmus+ project of Staff mobility enabled EMUNI staff to visit the Arab Academy of Science, Technology & Maritime Transport and a number of other stakeholders in Egypt between 3 and 10 February 2017.
Established by the Arab League in 1970 to serve as a regional centre for maritime transport training, the Arab Academy has developed into one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Egypt with degrees spanning across Science and Technology, but also Business, Management, Architecture and Media. Most recently, a degree in Pharmacy was introduced.
EMUNI staff visited three of the total seven campuses of the Arab Academy in both Cairo and Alexandria. They were introduced to excellent facilities at the Arab Academy, including world-class simulators and the planetarium, as well the comprehensive range of services that facilitate the students' life at the Arab Academy, notably student dorms, a clinic and sports facilities.
The visit affirmed and deepened the cooperation between the two institutions. It provided an opportunity to evaluate an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions through EMUNI's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Diploma. At the same time, upcoming projects in the fields of Education and Research were discussed.
In addition to the visit to the Arab Academy, EMUNI staff met with partners from other institutions and stakeholders in Egypt – staff at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Heliopolis University and young entrepreneurs at The GrEEK Campus and others. Traditionally, Egypt has been a significant player in the field of higher education and more recently a natural partner in the entrepreneurship and innovation sector. The country is a site of immense opportunities for cooperation between the North and South Mediterranean. In this context, an insight into the social and cultural aspects of Egypt that was also gained through the mobility was most welcome.