The DAAD Cairo Office and the members of the DIES workshop on 19th and 20th of April at Conrad Hotel, Cairo.

The DAAD Cairo Office has held a DIES workshop on 19th and 20th of April at Conrad Hotel, Cairo under the title “Strengthening University-Business Cooperation in Egypt and the Arab Region”.

The workshop aimed at presenting examples of the university-business cooperation in the Arab region, exchanging the knowledge and experiences and identifying its common challenges and possible solutions in the presence of many Egyptian policy makers and practitioners.

The workshop started with welcome notes given by Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of DAAD Cairo, H.E Amb. Julius Georg Luy, German Ambassador in Egypt, who has emphasised on the importance of the workshop topic for Egypt as in Germany affirming on the successful models conducted in several German higher education institutes.

The floor was given to Prof. Ashraf Hatem, head of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities, who tackled in his speech the willingness of many Egyptian universities to cooperate with the business sector in order to create a win-win situation for both partners by having dual and labour market oriented study programs at the Egyptian Universities.

Three case studies were presented among the two day workshop; the Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian case study. The speakers were representing the business and the University partners and demonstrated the cooperation from each perspective.

Furthermore, a panel discussion titled “Embedding University-Business Cooperation in the Institution: Adapting Management Structures and Addressing QA Challenges” took place on the second day chaired by Mr. Christoph Hansert, Head of the Development Cooperation Section at DAAD Bonn. The panellists were representing Universities from the Arab region and Quality Assurance and Accreditation experts from Germany, Egypt as well as the Arab Region.

By the end of the second day it was evident that the willingness of such cooperation should be coming from both universities and business sectors on national, regional and international levels. As for Egypt, there are plans investigated by the government to enhance such models by encouraging the collaborative programs among the business sector and the higher educational institutions.