One Belt, One Road Initiative Workshop

Cairo, March 17, 2019- The British University in Egypt organized a high-level workshop aimed to bring together government officials, diplomats, academics and policy-oriented experts from both Egypt and China to present their views and visions on this important Initiative that will connect Asia to Africa and Europe along the lines of the old Silk Road. Among the invited guests by the BUE were keynote speakers such as HE Ambassador Khaled Tharwat, Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Kamali; Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform; HE Mr. Li Dong; Minister Counselor; Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; Prof. He Wenping; representing the Chinese government and the Chinese Academy for Social Science, Prof. Long Ding; University of International Business and Economics (China),Dr. Ahmed Antar; Deputy Minister for Trade, and Professor Dr. Ali El Din Helal who chaired and moderated the second session.

At the outset of the event, Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University made a statement and distributed some important working documents and statistics explaining and focusing on measures to maximize Egypt’s benefits from this initiative.

The speakers throughout the panels, presented their perspectives on China’s Initiative in terms of its origins, motivations, its potential implications for Egypt with regard to opportunities and/or challenges, as well as its implications for an emerging Egyptian-Chinese strategic partnership. At the end of the workshop, a positive interactive feedback was received from all participants who concluded the sessions with fruitful outcomes and a plethora of recommendations.

The Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science (BAEPS), headed by Dean Wadouda Badran, incorporating the faculty and students are preparing a summary of this workshop including a synopsis of the recommendations and conclusions. The Centre for Egypt and Middle East (CEMES) is proud to assist in the organization and thematic arrangement of this workshop.

















 
Cairo, March 12, 2019, the BUE welcomed HE Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis; Chairman of the BUE Board of Trustees, Several Board Members, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Hamad, President of BUE, Vice Presidents, as well as dignitaries and some representatives from Arab Embassies. During this welcome meeting, the Secretary General Mr. Aboul Gheit listened to several presentations on BUE’s recent accomplishments, BUE annual participation in the LAS summer training and simulation modules, showcased his two books” My Testimony” and “Witness on War & Peace”. He kindly dedicated a special signed edition of his two books to the Library of the British University in Egypt.

Later on the Secretary General held an open discussion with Political Science Students in an open and interactive environment, where he discussed the challenges that face the League of Arab States especially after the Arab Spring, efforts to forge Arab consensus, face extra regional challenges , and pointed out the differences between the Arab League and several other regional organizations such as the European Union. At the end of the discussion, he urged BUE students to chase their dreams, read extensively, study hard, and uphold research, keeping in mind that today’s youth will soon shape the future of our nation. The discussion was arranged by Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem, Director of the Centre for Egypt and E Studies, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Wadouda Badran; Dean of the Faculty of BAEPS and moderated by Dr. Amany Ismail; Head of the Political Science Department.







 
On March 10, 2019, The British University in Egypt welcomed HE Mr. Julius Georg Luy, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Egypt in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis, Chairman of the BUE Board of Trustees, Professor Dr. Ahmed Hamad, the President of BUE, Vice Presidents, Deans, Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem, Director of CEMES, where they discussed collaboration opportunities between the BUE and the outstanding research institutions in Germany.

The Ambassador of Germany inaugurated the Max Planck Alumni Association – Egypt Group, one of the leading research institutions in Germany and Worldwide. The chapter is now hosted by the British University in Egypt. The meeting was attended by Dr. Filippo Guarineri, the MPSS Founder and Chairman, and Dr. Amal Kasry, Founder of the Max Planck Association in Egypt, the office director of DAAD, (the German Academic exchange services), Mrs. Isabell Mering also attended.
HE Mr. Luy said that “he was delighted to visit the British University in Egypt for the First time.”

Afterward, the Ambassador delivered a lecture to Political Science Students entitled “German Cooperation with Egypt: Goals & Challenges.” His Excellency pinpointed the achievements and the economic reforms Egypt accomplished in the last four years. After the lecture, students engaged in a robust discussion with the Ambassador on water security, management, SME’s and environmental challenges.

It is worth mentioning that the lecture was organized by the Centre for Egypt and ME Studies in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Wadouda Badran; Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science.










 
The British University in Egypt had the honour to host HH Pope Twadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, HE Dr. Mohamed Mokhtar Juma, Minister of Awqaf and a prominent delegation from the Egyptian Coptic Churches that included Senior figures led by General Bishop Ermia, General Bishop of the Cathedral Church in addition to the presence of a high level delegation from Al-Azhar Institute.

This visit came as a confirmation of the national unity, where the Pope delivered a speech about love and tolerance and their impact on building nations and societies.

HE Dr Mohamed Mokhtar Juma, Minister of Awqaf expressed his happiness about participating in this Ceremony and about meeting with the Holy Pope Twadros II, pointing out that Pope Twadros II is a national symbol to all Egyptians and the Coptic world.

During the ceremony, a full presentation was displayed about the renovation of the Monastery of ST. Demiana led by Professor Khaled Dewidar and his team.

Mr Mohamed Farid Khamis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Professor Ahmed Hamad, President of the University, in the presence of Vice Presidents and University Deans, welcomed the honourable guests.

The delegation visited the Central Library, the Dental Hospital, and the Faculty of Pharmacy, and it had a tour of the Campus.





















 
The Research Centre for Innovation, Governance & Green Economy (CIGGE) and the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science (BAEPS), at the British University in Egypt in collaboration with the Centre for Economic & Financial Research & Studies (CEFRS) at Faculty of Economics & Political Science (FEPS) at Cairo University hosted the Sustainable development seminar on the 17th of February, 2019 at the BUE Campus.

Sustainable development is the name of the game of this century as it is an enlightened venue to cross new trends and challenges of a period of economic, political, social, and environmental volatility.

To this end, two important areas needed extensive research from scholars, namely the area of Sustainability Reporting to ensure performance efficiency, as well as the area of Total Factor Productivity. This seminar tackled both areas from an extensive research perspective to highlight to
policy makers the most important challenges faced by companies and industries in Egypt.

Professor Ahmed Hamad the BUE President and Professor Wadouda Badran Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, and Political Science at BUE welcomed the attendees.

Followed by presentation by Professor Ahmed Ghoneim, former Cultural Counselor of Egypt in Berlin and Vienna, on how to bridge the gap between Cultural Diplomacy and Sustainable Development, then a discussion session by the esteemed guests: Professor Adla Ragab, Director of CEFRS, FEPS at Cairo University, Professor Wael Kortam, Head of the Business Administration Department, Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University and Professor Hala Sakr, Professor of Economics, FEPS, Cairo University. Associate Professor Zeinab Younis the director of the CIGGE closed the session with an open invitation for mutual research and collaboration between the two educational institutions.



























 
In cooperation with the Faculty of BAEPS and Dean Wadouda Badran, CEMES, arranged a lecture entitled “The IMF and Egypt’s Economic Reform Program”, by Dr. Reza Baqir; Senior International Monetary Fund Resident Representative to Egypt .

At the outset of the visit, Dr. Reza Baqir held a meeting with Professor Dr. Ahmed Hamad, the President of BUE, Prof. Yehia Bahy El Din; Vice President for Research and Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Leslie Croxford; Senior Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Wadouda Badran; Dean of the Faculty of BAEPS & Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem; Director of the Centre for Egypt and ME Studies in which they discussed potential areas of cooperation with the IMF Office in Egypt in terms of providing internship programs to BUE students.The meetings also discussed how BUE builds employability and secures job markets in its own curricula.

Following the meeting, Dr. Baqir delivered a lecture at the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science. At the beginning, Dr. Baqir referred to the history of the IMF and how it was founded toward the end of World War II citing efforts at the time to avoid a repetition of disastrous economic policies and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Dr. Baqir also highlighted the role of the IMF in fostering global growth and economic stability by providing policy advice, financing developing nations to achieve macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty, in addition to its role in fighting money laundering. Encouraged by an intervention from one of our students the speaker pinpointed the difference between the IMF and the World Bank.

In Conclusion the speaker added that Egypt has successfully achieved economic progress with a record a growth rate of 5.5 in 2019, compared to 4.2 in 2017 according to the IMF reports, while praising Egypt’s courageous decision to instill a sound economic reform program in a short period of time.

After the lecture, students engaged in a robust discussion with Dr. Baqir who was impressed with the knowledge of the students.

Dr. Baqir concluded his visit with a library &campus Tour.














 
 
The Faculty of Law in the British University in Egypt with the cooperation with of United Nations Regional Office for Combating Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a conference under the title of "Sustainable Development and Organized Crime in the Light of Egypt's Vision 2030".

During the conference, a cooperation protocol was signed between the Faculty of Law and the Regional Office that intended to create and address many academic and educational activities related to community service.

The conference was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis – Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BUE, Professor Ahmed Hamad the BUE , Professor Hassan Abdelhamid – Dean of the Faculty of Law at the BUE, Mr. Ali Al-Barir, Deputy Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms. Randa Abulhassan, Regional Representative of the United Nations Development Program in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Professor Sayed Abdul-Khaliq, former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Head of the Legal Sector of the Supreme Council of Universities, Dr. Howaida Barakat, Undersecretary & Head of Sustainable Development Unit, Minister Ahmed Darwish, Former Minister of Administrative Development, Professor Laila Iskandar, Former Minister of State for Urban Development and Slums, Judge Dr. Khaled Al-Qadi, Head of the Law Awareness Center, Ambassador Naila Gabr, Head of National Committee to combat and prevent illegal immigration and human trafficking, Dr. Ashraf Helal – Head of Cairo Court of Appeal, Dr. Mohamed El Guindy, Expert at the UN and a member of the Teaching Staff at the British University in Egypt, Colonel Dr. Hesham Zalouk, Head of Anti-Corruption Academy at the Administrative Control Authority, Major Ahmed Adel Basha, Organized Crime Unit Secret Service-Administrative Control Authority, Judge KamelSamir, Head of International Cooperation at the Office of the Attorney General, Dr. Khalid Serry Siam head of the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute, Kingdom of Bahrain & Professor of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, British University, Professor Dr. Fathy Serour, Professor of Criminal law at Cairo University, Judge Ahmed Abo El Enein, Head of International Cooperation Office at the Court of Cassation, Dr. Mostafa Abd El Kader – Former Head of Egyptian Tax Authority, Mr. Amr Rashed, Head of International Cooperation Office at Money Laundering Unit at the Central Bank of Egypt. Among the attendees were Dr. Abdul Aziz Salman, Vice-President of the Supreme Constitutional Court, judges from the Egyptian Court of Cassation, the State Council, in addition to academics and faculty members from many universities.
























 
Professor Shadia Fahim, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the British University in Egypt, participated in the Women Economic Forum, held from 23rd -24th January 2019 in Tunisia in support of the role of arts, culture, creativity and women’s leadership in the development of nations.

Professor Fahim delivered two highly motivational speeches which revolved around her journey as a leading career woman in the field of arts and education and around the support she had from her country, especially that Egypt is a nation where strong women leaders from Hatshepsut to Nefertity and Cleopatra have shaped society’s perceptions of women in power until today.

She highlighted the unprecedented strong presence of women’s leadership in the Egyptian cabinet, where women ministers form around 20% of the appointed ministers despite the many challenges following the Arab Spring in the MENA region. She further highlighted that this strong female leadership presence is echoed in a number of other arenas. At the BUE, for example, three out of a total of nine faculties are led by women Deans.

Prof. Fahim moved on to refer to the strong influence culture, arts and creativity have had throughout history in the shaping and development of civilisations as well as in contributing to social cohesion and nation-building. She emphasised that nations, especially in developing countries, should therefore not lose sight of the unique intrinsic value that arts and culture generate. It is true that non-materialistic values are difficult to measure in monetary terms, but they are just as important as other factors contributing to the development of any nation. An indication of the importance of such values is that the UNESCO has developed guidelines on how to measure and collect statistics about the impact of the cultural industries on a nation’s economic development. Women empowerment as well as art, creativity, and culture have become important parameters in measuring a nation’s civilisation and development.

She concluded by saying that women, as well as men, have strived across centuries to leave a strong legacy in the arts and creativity sectors, albeit the fact that women have had a dual challenge to make a mark in this field. A woman has to find her own voice to write ‘her story’ to complement and complete ‘history’! She closed her speech by quoting Helen Cixous: “Woman must put herself into the text – as into the world and into history—by her own Movement.”

Professor Fahim was granted the WEF Tunisia 2019 Award of “Exceptional Women of Excellence.” The Forum was Under the Patronage of the Tunisian Minister of Women, Childhood and Elderly Dr.Naziha el Abeidi and Dr.Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson of the Conference.









 
The British University in Egypt (BUE) is proud to announce that two of its students, Feras El Shawarby and Mohamed Sakr, were selected by the Training Department in the League of Arab States (LAS) to participate in the seminar hosted in the Book Fair on Friday, 1st of February, 2019. The seminar aimed to present the Training Department’s cooperation with youth and their experience in the summer internship programme at LAS, as well as highlighting their initiatives, particularly the League of Arab States Integrated Model (LASIM) and the “Arab Youth Forum I”.

El Shawarby and Sakr are Degree Year two Political Science students from the Faculty of Business Administration, Economic and Political Science. They contributed to the seminar as former interns at LAS headquarters, participants of the “Arab Youth Forum I”, and current President and Vice President of LASIM at the BUE.

Sakr gave a speech about his experience as a moderator of the youth forum’s economic session. Moreover, El Shawarby gave a talk about the development of LASIM and its efforts in promoting cooperation between youth and LAS.












 
Under the Patronage of Mr Mohamed Farid Khamis the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the BUE and the BUE President Professor Ahmed Hamad. The Ambassador Aly El-Hefny, Director of Egypt/Africa Centre at the BUE cooperation with Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies organised a seminar to discuss the latest issues and interactions between Egypt and Africa, which was held at Boutros – Ghali Hall on the 28th of January, 2019.

During the session important topics were discussed including:

- International and African initiatives opportunities and challenges.

- Egyptian African economic cooperation and the African Union vision for 2063 including the Chinese development mechanism worldwide.

- challenges related to water sacristy along with the role of Egyptian Academia and research centres in the development of relations with their peers in Africa.

- Egyptian African media cooperation and the role of Egyptian relief agencies in the African continent.

The session was attended by Dr Osama El-Zaher, President of the Central Department of the Minister of water resources and irrigation office affairs, H.E. Ambassador Khaled Emara, Assistant foreign minister, Dr. Amani El-Tawil, Assistant Director of Al-Ahram centre for political and strategic studies and a gathering of public figures and politicians.


















 
The British University President Professor Ahmed Hamad would like to Congratulate Professor Shadia Fahim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for receiving the award of the Exceptional Women of Excellence presented at the Women Economic Forum that was held in Tunisia on the 23rd-24th of January, 2019.

The Forum was Under the Patronage of the Tunisian Minister of Women, Childhood and Elderly Dr.Naziha el Abeidi and Dr.Harbeen Arora Global Chair Person of the Conference.



 
The British University in Egypt celebrated the opening of the First building of the Science and Innovation Park on the 8th of December. This is considered as the first - connected Science Park among Universities in Egypt and the district, occupying a total area of 14,000 m2.
The inauguration started with a keynote speeches by prominent figures from the university and key partners, followed by short presentation about the new building and a visit to some of the Nanotechnology Research Centre labs and the Science Park facilities.
Science and Innovation Park mission is to offer world-class environment for academics, organizations and entrepreneurs to effectively participate in advanced innovations, share information and make chances to drive enterprise in multidisciplinary divisions.
The Park as well contains one of the best Nano-technology Centre, including several labs divided into a Nanomaterials Synthesis Units, a Characterization Unit, and a Biological Applications Unit. The centre will offer its services to all clients who are keen on making, creating or applying nanotechnology to research and industrial segments aligned with national needs and R&D priorities.
The event was attended by distinguished members of BUE Board of Trustees and dignitaries including H.E. Mrs. Laura Kansikas, Ambassador of Finland to Egypt, Prof. Mahmoud Sakr, President of Academy of Scientific Research, Prof. Seddik Abd-Elsalam, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Private Universities, Mr. Lidong, Minister Counselor and Chief of Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Egypt, Mr. Li Zhiqiang, Party Secretary and Vice Chairman of Tus-Holdings Co., Deans and Academic staff members.
This achievement is the result of a long collaboration with Tsinghua University TusHoldings group, the largest international innovation network operating with more than 300 innovation bases in China and worldwide.
TusHoldings manages TusPark which is considered the largest university-linked science park worldwide, with total area 770,000 m2 and more than 1500 enterprises