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Minister of Higher Education witness signing of cooperation protocol to establish community service faculties in Egypt

By: Mohammed Mahrous - Abeer Suleiman

Prof. Dr. Khalid Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research on Sunday morning signed a cooperation protocol between the Supreme Council of Universities and the University of Ocean US to establish colleges in the Egyptian universities.

Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar stressed on the importance of the Protocol which sets the first model for the establishment of community colleges in Egyptian universities, which is considered an important step in the development of technical education, the development of new programs suitable to the community development plans and the preparation of a generation of graduates qualified to meet the needs of the labor market . He also pointed out the possibility that the protocol will include a new track for non-students of secondary school graduates and technicians who wish to develop their skills through providing training services to them. The provisions of the protocol include the establishment of community colleges in different disciplines in the four-year system in two stages.

The community service provides the student with an initial certificate in the specialization, after two years, after which he can join the labor market and return to complete the study at a later period of two more years, provided that the student obtains the final bachelor's degree after completion of the second stage.

Under the protocol, the University of Larsson establishes the academic program, supervises the teaching process, and follows up the educational process in the university. The Egyptian side provides educational facilities and laboratories, supervising the students' enrollment procedures at the university and the administrative aspects.

For his part, Larson said that the protocol provides students with the opportunity to train in the working life, get the necessary experience, and then complete the study in a deeper and more specialized. The Protocol is a prototype; it is the prelude to signing several separate sub-protocols between the University of Ocean and each university, starting with Ain Shams University.