The partnership was set in place with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between the University of East London and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education held virtually on 19 August. The MoU outlines the broad nature of the co-operation which will be codified in a formal agreement at a later date.
Professor Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt's minister of higher education and scientific research, said, "Egypt has always been a hub for education and we are pleased to be working with a globally respected institution such as the University of East London. We have a large population under 35, and we must ensure they not only have the necessary academic learning but the technological and life skills needed to compete in the modern economy and take their places in the global 4.0 workforce. A positive attitude to change is crucial.
"I look forward to a lasting and successful partnership with the University of East London, and embarking upon mutually beneficial research and curriculum collaborations."
In addition to Professor Broderick and Abdel-Ghaffar, the virtual ceremony was attended by Professor Hassan Abdalla, provost at the University of East London; Dr Ayman Ashour, deputy minister of higher education and scientific research in Egypt; Professor Mohamed El-Shinawi, advisor to the Egyptian minister of higher education and scientific research; and Dr Paul Marshall, pro vice-chancellor (careers & enterprise) at the University of East London.
Professor Abdalla said, "Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy is very much aligned with the University of East London’s Vision 2028, and we look forward working together to achieve mutual goals. This is a collaboration that is beneficial to everyone - your success is our success."
The MOU will be in place for a period of five years and looks to explore ways in which the University of East London will offer Dual Degrees together with academic support and quality assurance.
The agreement would also increase the University of East London's presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), boost the international alumni network and improve the prospect of high-impact collaborative research between the two countries.