By: Lamia Nabil
ASEC Cement has signed a cooperation agreement with Minya University, according to a recent statement by the company.
The agreement is part of the company’s efforts in Upper Egypt, especially in the higher education field. It comprises of activities and programmes tailored for university students which includes providing training programmes for chemistry and geology students, offering technical consultation to university professors, utilising the university’s scientific equipment, and sponsoring all workshops related to construction that are organised by the university.
The agreement was signed by Mohamed Sherif, the president of the university and Giorgio Bodo, chairman and CEO of ASEC Cement, with the Minya governor Moustafa Eissa also present.
“The agreement lies within the framework of the current government’s policy that focuses on Upper Egypt development,” said Moustafa Eissa, president of Minya University. “Such agreements between corporations and educational entities are of great importance given their strong impact in shaping students’ professional skills.”
“They also assist in achieving the integration between both corporations and educational institutions to serve the community,” he added
Chairman and CEO of ASEC Cement Giorgio Bodo said: “We strongly believe in the importance of education as a key milestone for developing the whole society, thus we seek signing this agreement to support higher education and help university students to gain the practical experience that qualifies them to join the workforce.”
Deyaa El-Moghazy, the vice president of Minya University for Community and Environmental Affairs, considered the agreement “a first step for encouraging research and development and improving the educational level of students”.
He also expressed his hopes that other companies would follow suit and increase their involvement in higher educational projects.