The graduation ceremony of the University To Work (UTW) 6th round was held on 9th December, 2014 under the auspices and in presence of Minister of Industry, Trade and Small & Medium Enterprises, H.E. Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour; Minister of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements, H.E. Dr. Laila Eskander; and Minister of Manpower and Immigration, H.E. Dr. Nahed El-Ashry. The ceremony took place in Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel and was organized by ECG in collaboration with the Egyptian European Organization for Training and Development (EEOTD), Barclays Egypt as the main sponsor, and Rotary District 2451.
UTW 6th round targeted 300 engineering students from various governmental and private universities & institutes.
Due to the importance of the event, one of ECG’s two founders, Eng. Sami AbdelKawi; and Chairman of both ECG & TEA Computers, Eng. Amr Allouba attended the ceremony, with the presence of Schneider Electric’s Country President, Mr. Albert Fuchet; as well as the Egyptian comedian star Mohamed Sobhy.
H.E. Dr. Laila Eskander stated that the ministry is now collaborating with UTW initiative for the elimination of slums, and stressed on the ministry’s intent to work on a project for these areas.
Moreover, she expressed her wishes to build Egypt through the youth, emphasizing that UTW initiative will support youth with the best training based on their prospective career needs.
H.E. Dr. Nahed Al-Ashry emphasized the importance of pre and post-graduation training and its role in sharpening the skills required for the labor market. She sees that the initiative’s title combining the two important elements ”University” and “Work” clearly expresses the significance of training.
Moreover, the famous actor Mohamed Sobhy expressed his appreciation towards UTW initiative which helps the youth to evenly link the academic education with professional career.
At the end of the ceremony, ECG Vice President and UTW Project Manager, Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek stated that through the previous five iterations of UTW, more than 1,500 young engineers have graduated and became adequately qualified to find unique opportunities in the labor market.
Following the University To Work (UTW) 6th graduation ceremony, the 5th Excellence in Engineering forum was held on 22nd December, 2014 under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Laila Eskander. The event entitled “The Role of UTW Youth in the Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements” took place in the Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) and was organized by ECG in collaboration with the Egyptian European Organization for Training and Development (EEOTD) and Barclays Egypt.
Eng. Ahmed Essawy, one of the organizers and UTW Technical Deputy Manager stated that the 5th forum was organized in the framework of mutual cooperation between UTW and MURIS to present new innovative ideas for urban revitalization in the informal areas.
UTW students presented their projects for urban renewal of slums focusing on a variety of energysaving technologies as well as projects related to promising alternative energy sources.
Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek confirmed that other projects will be presented to the minister addressing waste recycling, green buildings as well as projects applying LEED standards and BIM technology. At the end of the forum, H.E. Dr. Laila Eskander expressed her appreciation towards the ideas of UTW graduates, and promised to allocate one of the informal areas to implement their projects.