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Egyptian participation in MITT Summit in Sharjah

Wednesday، 23 September 2020 - 08:43 PM

Minister of Education and Technical Education, Dr. Tariq Shawki, participated on September 23, 2020, in the activities of the first edition of the Middle East Summit for Innovation and Technology Transfer (MITT Summit) organized by the sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex, virtually by video conference, in cooperation with number of international institutions, with the participation some selected speakers, and about 5,000 participants from 100 countries.

Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex, said in the opening speech: “The Middle East Innovation and Technology Transfer Summit is an exceptional and important event in the world of innovation and technology, not only because it is a lengthy conference broadcasted on the Internet, but also because it represents an international platform on which Experts from the private sector, government sectors and academic institutions  gathered to contribute to innovation and creation of business opportunities, projects and new technologies.

Al Mahmoudi added: “This summit is in line with the forward-looking vision of the future called for and encouraged by Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah,” adding that the Middle East has become the fastest growing market in the world in the transformation of business and technology.

Discussions

The summit included several sessions that covered science, technology, business opportunities, digital transformation, research and innovation, and innovative solutions.

Ministerial panel

Minister of Education and Technical education of Egypt Tarek Shawki attended a Ministerial panel on sustainable development in 2020-2030 entitled "The role of innovation and technology transfer of the decade to achieve the UN’s SDG’s." The panel was moderated by Caroline Faraj, CNN VP Arabic Services, in the presence of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan Dr. Muhyieddeen Touq and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo.

In his speech, Shawki reviewed what has been achieved during the academic year 2019/2020, in light of the conditions that the country encountered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the ministry has succeeded in evaluating students (from the grades from KG1 to 2nd Primary) by teachers, and nearly 19 million students (from 3rd Primary to 3rd Prep) have been evaluated by submitting research projects. 1.2 million students (1st and 2nd secondary grades) were evaluated through holding online examinations, while Thanaweya Amma exams for 652,000 students were held in schools under precautionary measures to secure the exams.

Shawki added that COVID-19 crisis contributed to the implementation of innovative solutions in education. He said “Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we had to resort to ideas that had not been applied before, and were postponed,” referring to the application of the research system as a tool for evaluation, and the creation of the largest digital library for all school levels and the launch of a student-teacher communication platform, a platform to broadcast educational lessons to students, as well as the presence of educational channels for students who do not have access to the Internet.

Shawki stated that, three years ago, the Egyptian state has started linking technology to the educational process and distributed tablets to secondary-school students. This, helped to carry out online exams because of the spread of Corona- virus. He added: "A plan has been distributed to educational directorate managers that explains all precautionary measures for more than 60,000 schools in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Population, noting that student densities of the classes will be reduced to ensure safe spaces".

Dr. Douglas Terrier, chief technologist at NASA Headquarters, also spoke about his leading roles at NASA, including the development of a spacecraft for NASA's Human Exploration Program.

 Dr. Fabian Cassoli, President of Paris Observatory, shared her experience in research management within major French decision-making bodies in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. From 2001 to 2007, she worked as deputy scientific director of the National Institute of Science (L'Institut national des sciences de l'univers) (INSU). Then, she became director of the Institute of Space Astrophysics (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale) (IAS) in Orsay. Besides, she has written numerous scientific promotions and participated in many cultural events.

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews and AfricanNews, during his participation concerning news industry in the age of digitalization, stated that what made them different at EURO News is that they help people to express their opinions when there's so much information and that they enable people to think for themselves by decrypting what's happening in this world. He added that news was not completely black or white, and that they were trying to offer their audience many different opinions on the same subject. "Today in the digital age, Google and Facebook have acquired nearly 80% of the digital market. However, we are here to help better understand this world that is getting crazy because of this news rush" he added.

In a session entitled 'How technology and the global epidemic change the way we experience the physical world', a number of experts from around the world discussed in a virtual session the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on our lives. They also discussed how it accelerated our adoption of the Internet in our lives and enriched our experiences, particularly in the educational process and social communication and how it has changed our relationship with our physical environment and affected our face-to-face communication. 

Coinciding with the launch of a historic mission from the United Arab Emirates to Mars, one of the discussions at the summit also addressed the future of space and the possibility of human colonization of the Red Planet one day. Moreover, the future of space sciences, where a team of NASA speakers participated in a number of topics related to space sciences, was also addressed.

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