ECG Vice-President and UTW Founder Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek and H.E. the Ex-Minister of Higher Education and current Secretary-General of the Arab Universities Federation, Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, and more that 100 luminaries from the field of engineering and construction and professional associations (such as EBA, Federation of Egyptian Industries, and others) witnessed the opening ceremony of the 10th round of the University to Work (UTW) Program held on Sunday June 24, 2018 at Citystars Intercontinental. Round 10 of UTW targets 590 engineering students from different local Egyptian universities and higher institutes in 10 different engineering and construction disciplines.
The opening ceremony highlight was an interactive feature interview with Dr. Salama, which focused on his success story and called upon young engineers to invest their time in lifelong learning and promote their entrepreneurship skills. The interview was led by EBA member Mr. Mohamed Montasir, and followed by a Q&A session with the trainees.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Abdelkhalek and the UTW team acknowledged the main sponsors (companies and associations) supporting the initiative, including Schneider Electric, Sigma, Ideal Standard, Siraj Lighting, Scib Paints, Rotary Club of El Tahrir, and District 2451. She also shed light on the role of the UTW team with Nile University with respect to introducing the Architectural Department through the IMPAQT project funded by ERASMUS.
Dr. Abdelkhalek announced the 4th round of the Engineering Employment Fair—which will focus on engineering jobs as well as construction and building jobs—is due to take place next October, adding that registration has also opened for workshops addressing Islamic architecture and the restoration of Mamlouk pulpits (minbars). The main corporate sponsors, Franklin Covey Egypt, delivered the first professional skills session on the topic of ‘Self-Directed Leadership.