The Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and four major global technology developers operating in Egypt have signed MoUs.
The signing, attended by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, is part of the Egyptian Digital Builders initiative. The companies with whom the new partnerships have been signed are Dell Technologies, Vodafone Egypt, Kaspersky and Huawei Technologies.
The partnership agreements aim to improve the skills of young people participating in the Digital Egypt Builders initiative.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has launched the initiative to develop the skills of outstanding graduates from the Faculties of Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences in Egyptian universities.
This would ensure that these graduates acquire a professional master’s degree in one of the specializations in the field of communication and information technology (CIT).
Talaat said that capacity building is one of the most important aspects of his ministry’s strategy. It works to create a broad base of well-founded and trained professionals in all CIT areas in order to build a digital Egypt and strengthen the country’s position on the map of this industry.
He added that the initiative aims to prepare a respected elite of specialists in communication science and information technology through an integrated educational program based on four axes.
Under the initiative, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will work with major international universities, major international corporations and institutions in the field of administrative skills development to develop personal skills.
The ministry will also work with large specialized companies to develop language skills so that young people can communicate with colleagues from around the world.
The fourth aspect of the initiative is hands-on training, which requires building partnerships with leading international companies in the CIT industry.
According to Talaat, everyone involved benefits from this cooperation, be it young people receiving high-quality training or the government sector, which benefits from the results of the initiative.
The initiative also includes the creation of new and distinguished generations with extensive knowledge in various CIT specializations. Local and large companies as well as startups that are active in Egypt also benefit from this cooperation through trained and fully qualified people.
Tarek Haiba, general manager of Dell Technologies in Egypt, said the company aims to develop technologies that contribute to human advancement. In addition, it is committed to realizing the state’s vision of diversifying the economy through advanced technology infrastructure, skills development and innovation.
The MoU, signed with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, aims to help students develop basic skills in emerging fields such as data science, data analysis and artificial intelligence.
Mohamed Abdallah, CEO and Managing Director of Vodafone Egypt, said the company’s role in the initiative directly helps build the skills of young people participating in the initiative.
As part of this initiative, Vodafone Egypt offers practical training programs for participants in many modern technology areas.
In addition, it develops start-up centers that support startups and offers technical advice, sponsorship and financing of final projects as well as the exchange of knowledge via various Vodafone platforms.
The partnership with Kaspersky aims to provide Egyptian youth with the digital security skills and education they need to become specialists in this important area of the IT sector. This is especially important given the increasing digital threats that come with technological advancement.
The cooperation with Huawei Technologies aims to offer educational technology courses for students of the initiative in addition to training in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing and network security.
Scientific content and practical training in virtual laboratories are conveyed and communication between companies and the initiative’s graduates is activated.