The DAAD Regional Office Cairo organised on 18 September 2019 a DAAD Alumni event under the title “EU Science Talk: Networking opportunities for Alumni and Institutions”.

The event aimed to identify the EU strategies and available funding opportunities offered by the EU institutions and to highlight how to maximize the benefit of these opportunities for the DAAD Alumni and their home institutions in Egypt.

The Alumni Evening was inaugurated by a welcoming note from Ms. Isabell Mering, the Director of the DAAD Regional Office Cairo, where she emphasised the importance of coming together with all the other EU partners to open new horizons for the DAAD Alumni. Dr. Heba Gaber, the Research and Innovation Officer at the European Union Delegation to Egypt took the floor after and gave a keynote speech on the diverse funding opportunities offered by the EU.

Following the opening session, a panel of the esteemed different EU partners and stakeholders took place to discuss challenges and future prospects of the European-Egyptian Cooperation. On the panel, the DAAD was privileged to welcome (order starting from right hand side):

  • Prof. Dr. Claudio Margottini, Head of Science Department at the Italian Embassy in Cairo
  • Dr. Heba Gaber, Research and Innovation Officer at the European Union Delegation to Egypt
  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed El-Shinawi, Advisor to Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Ms. Isabell Mering, Director of DAAD Regional Office Cairo (moderator)
  • Ms. Shaimaa ElBanna, Head of Science Department at the British Council in Cairo
  • Mr. Philippe Maupai, Head of Science Department at the German Embassy in Cairo
  • Eng. Karim Hamdy, Acting Coordinator of National Erasmus+

The panelists discussed the challenges and future prospects of the European-Egyptian Cooperation and the DAAD Alumni guests were able to ask questions and shared their experiences and opinions on how to improve the communication with the funding institutions.

The evening was concluded by a networking dinner, that allowed the DAAD Alumni to interact with the panellists further on their discussions.

A detailed report on the event will be posted on the DAAD website soon.