Memorandum of Understanding between The Royal Academy of Engineering and British University in Egypt in 2019
The Faculty of Engineering and the British Embassy in Cairo has organized the collaboration agreement between the Royal Academy of Engineering, London-UK, (RAEng) and the British University in Egypt (BUE) seeking to build on the existing friendly and co-operative relationship between the two countries, and specifically to encourage and support increased capacity in BUE in the area of innovation.
The primary objective of the collaboration pursued under this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be to support the innovation capacity of BUE for their long-term sustainable growth. This will be achieved through collaboration on a programme promoting innovation and entrepreneurial skills development and activity, and long-term innovation partnership and exchange between the two countries. Collaboration under this MoU will build on existing UK-BUE science, research and innovation agreements.
Hybrid Car Competition
The Global Hybrid Electric Challenge in Egypt (GHEC-E) is a hands-on educational programme for institutions of higher learning in Egypt with engineering, science, technology and business management programmes. Student teams apply engineering design principles and strategy to construct and race full-size electric and hybrid-electric cars.
The primary goal of the competition is to provide a hands-on environment in which the students apply what they learn in the classroom to devise real-world solutions. The project also helps improve their understanding of renewable energy technologies and project management while working in a team environment. Other aspects of the programme involve marketing, PR and fundraising as well as logistics planning in preparation for the races. The adoption of this programme in Egypt serves as an excellent venue for young men and women in engineering and business management to better prepare them for their careers in industry. The official entries are single person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency, electric-motor-driven vehicles with three wheels. They must meet specific design and safety rules.
The BUE developed a Hybrid Car Team that participated in this competition and won several prizes in two consecutive years.
The British University in Egypt has participated for the fifth time in the annual international robotics competition RoboGames in San Francisco in April 2018. RoboGames is the Olympics of Robots and is the World’s Largest Robot Competition according to the Guinness Book of Records and is organized by the Robotics Society of America.
The British University in Egypt has set the field of robotics as one of its strategic interests. This interest stems from the importance of robotics in the development of cognitive and scientific skills of engineering students. The university actively encourages students to participate in international robotics competitions as part of their extracurricular activities. This approach integrates well with the integrative practical-based learning ethos adopted by the BUE within the strategic partnership with our UK university partners.
The BUE team has managed, in this event, to obtain a record number of medals totalling five medals, 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. The team won a gold medal in both the “Lego Soccer” event and in the “ArtBot Painting” event. The silver medals were attained in the prestigious “Open Best of Show” event for a robot which automatically waters and fertilises plant soil and in the Spider “Walker Challenge” designed to autonomously walk over an obstacle filled 3-meter course. The bronze medal was won for third place in the “Speeder” event in which a solar powered robot is designed to race a certain distance without external power or storage. Additionally, the BUE was placed 4th in both the “Ribbon Climber” event and the “Self-Balancer” event. This is the best performance for a BUE team ever.