Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Purdue University in the United States have signed two cooperation agreements to offer Egyptian students Bachelor degree programmes in electrical and computer engineering.
The signing of the agreements was conducted in the presence of Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat.
Students in the new programmes will attend the Egypt University of Informatics (EUI), which MCIT is working to establish in Knowledge City in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital, and then transfer to Purdue, provided that they meet academic requirements. EUI will be the first university in the Middle East and Africa region to specialise in information and communications technology (ICT).
For the electrical engineering and computer engineering programmes, students will spend their first two years at EUI and then transfer to Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in West Lafayette for their last two years, meeting the requirements to receive a BS degree from both universities.
In the run-up to the agreements’ finalisation, MCIT held intensive discussions with Purdue University to ensure that EUI would offer the finest educational and applied services.
It would also ensure the Egyptian university provides its graduating students with the highest internationally accredited certificates and levels of study that keep pace with developments in the CIT field.
MCIT will represent the EUI during the transition phase, until it becomes a fully-independent entity.
The second agreement focuses on the possibility for students who have completed the BA course to complete a year-long MA programme in information security at Purdue University’s Department of Computer Science.
Each study plan will include a number of online courses offered by Purdue University, taught by the university’s professors. This will take place with the participation of a teacher or faculty member from the EUI, alongside the courses taught by professors in Egypt.