Arab League Internship 2018

In the summer period 2018, students Feras ElShawarby, Mohamed Sakr, and Omar Zein from the British University in Egypt, interned at the League of Arab States. The programme consisted of workshops on presentation skills based on the “Bridge” curriculum, discussions between trainees and employees, and field work unders the guidance of the officers of the various departments. The three students were relatively allocated to the Observation and Crisis room, Administration of International Organizations, and Administration of the two Americas.

Furthermore, one of the reports written by the BUE students was sent to the Secretary General, and given as an example on how to write a report for the rest of the trainees. The interns also joined the preparations of the Arab League’s Youth Forum, where the trainees travelled to Alexandria to a camp owned by the Arab Academy. The students took part in the translation committee; translating from Arabic to English and French.

Moreover, they were responsible for the management of meetings and collection of suggestions for the organization of the third League of Arab States Integrated Model. The students represented the BUE in the forum presenting their model’s project of the past two years; also moderating the Economics session. In addition to the previous group project, the students also presented two different individual projects discussing the possible ways for cooperation between Arabs in different sectors.

Finally, the interns are currently part of a team working on establishing an advisory council of youth for the UN's Sustainable development vision of 2030; in cooperation with the Arab League Administration for Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Planning, and the Arab Academy.



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Leading Sustainable Strategic Change

Associate professor, Zeinab Shawky Younis  Director of the Research center for Innovation, Governance and Green Economy and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Business Department at the BAEPS Faculty, acquired a certificate of excellence in “ Leading Sustainable Strategic Change”, from The Schulich Executive Education Center, York University, Toronto, Canada from 24-28, September 2018.

The workshop program was an in class learning along with online reading material, live simulations and pre-work assignments to each session. The simulation was assigned and prepared by Experience point company consultancy to assess the strategic change needed at Global Tech Canada.

The new intake of the course was about how to sustain organisational change, embrace and implement it with all the challenges on the way of its application. The course attended was from 24-28 September, 2018 and it was an excellent opportunity of networking for leveraging the BUE image in North America. Moreover, it helped in increasing the opportunities of linkage between industry and academia on international level at this point of staff career at BUE.
 
Dr. Hélène Syed, specialist in economics of migration recently represented the BUE at a three-day professional training organized by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC), the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the Global Young Academy (GYA) in Vienna, Austria. By bringing together researchers and policymakers from the European Union and neighboring countries (40 nationalities represented), the training aimed to raise awareness on and discuss modalities for an effective use of science and evidence to inform policymakers. The main thematic was on migration and population for sustainable development, which remains top-priority for the Egyptian society and economy.
 
In August, three of our faculty's academic staff; associate professor Rania Miniesy and Ms. Dina Rabie from Economics and associate professor Mohamed Rashwan from Business  went for a week's workshop in Hamburg on advanced experimental economics.  This was in accordance with the memory of understanding (MOU) between the Economics department and the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg.  Whilst in Hamburg, the academic staff also met with the head of the experimental lab and another MOU will soon be signed to construct a state of the art experimental lab at the BUE, which is expected to be the hub for experimental economists interested in the Middle East.
 
On the final day of the British University in Egypt (BUE) Summer School held at London South Bank University (LSBU) in July 2018, BUE students and LSBU staff visited the UK Houses of Parliament at the invitation of LSBU’s local MP, Neil Coyle. Neil’s support for the LSBU Politics degree includes offering student internships in his parliamentary office and hosting the launch of the LSBU International Relations and Politics Student Society in a parliamentary committee room.

 A guided tour was organized for BUE students. It lasted 80 minutes and included fascinating details of the life of the building and its place in British political history. A high-point was the guide’s explanation of the revolution against monarchical power and the establishment of parliamentary rule in the second half of the seventeenth century.

 The attached photos were taken in Westminster Hall.  Also attached is a copy of the permit issued by the British Parliament for Visitors from LSBU and the BUE.

 Our students were fascinated by their visit to the British Parliament. Many thanks are due to Dr. Adrian Budd, Head of Division of Social Sciences at LSBU ,for  providing BUE Political Science students with such a memorable experience.