Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the University of Ottawa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer a Master’s degree programme in electrical and computer engineering.
The MoU’s signing was witnessed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat. The programme will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics.
The Egyptian-Canadian collaboration comes as part of the “Digital Egypt Builders” initiative, which aims to develop the capabilities of outstanding graduates from Egypt’s Faculties of Engineering, Computers, and Information.
It will serve to refine their skills with science and practical experience, through an integrated educational and training programme that qualifies them to implement projects under the “Digital Egypt” initiative. The degree programme will also work to enhance their competitiveness in the local and global labour markets.
In a press statement on Saturday, Talaat said that the University of Ottawa is one of the world’s foremost universities in the field of communications and information technology (CIT).
The minister added that Egypt is a promising country with more than 20% of its population in the 18 to 29 age group. It produces about 500,000 graduates in fields related to information technology (IT) every year.
For his part, Canada’s nominated Ambassador to Egypt, Louis Damas, highlighted the importance of the partnership between Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the University of Ottawa.
He said that Canada is a distinguished partner in research and development, as well as a source of knowledge, innovation and creativity that build knowledge and innovation.
The University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s leading research universities, particularly in research related to applied AI, machine learning, data science, the IoT, and robotics.
The university is currently ranked 145th in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) classification.