E-Learning Africa conference report lauds Egyptian government policies

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The 2014 report of the e-Learning Africa conference has commended Egypt’s government policies and programmes in human resources training in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

The training, according to the report, has helped change the equation in favour of the higher education system in the country, proving its ability to assume the prestigious position it deserves.

The annual report, of which the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) obtained a copy, said Egypt provides various tracks for university students through creating and activating a number of education initiatives and programmes that offer technical and administrative skills, required for joining the ICT job market.

Moreover, the report has shed light on the EduEgypt programme, launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Supreme Council of Universities in 2007.

EduEgypt supports the flourishing of business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing which provide thousands of job opportunities each year, thus reducing unemployment.

The programme promotes students’ linguistic skills, customer service skills, cultural awareness level, data skills in business process and IT outsourcing through the provision of advanced tracks for university students in computer science and the information technology field.

Meanwhile, employment rates have surged by 10 per cent, compared to 2013, and the number of ICT companies have also increased by 12 per cent during the same year, making the sector a key pillar in promoting Egypt’s economy.

ITIDA CEO Hussein El-Geretly said the report documents a true success story, where by learning and training initiatives, adopted by the ICT sector, have managed to change the equation in favour of the higher education system in Egypt.

He has added that ITIDA will do what it takes to meet market needs by providing programmes and initiatives, which help improve the learning and knowledge of university students, thus presenting qualified people for the ICT sector and others.

Furthermore, the report has monitored ICT achievements of Egypt, reflected in education, among which are integrating ICT in curricula, activating e-government project, connecting around 36,926 schools with the internet, providing another 2,000 schools with ADSL, providing e-learning in 7,700 primary schools and installing approximately 22,000 satellites to gain access to educational television channels.

The report was prepared by e-Learning Africa, funded by ICWE GmbH who are specialised in international conferences and events’ organisation related to e-learning, most prominent of which is Online Educa Berlin.