EDUEGYPT:The Egyptian National Initiative for Human Capital Development
Heba Saleh, Howieda Nabil
ITI 6th International Conference on Information & Communications Technology
Core academic subjects such as reading, writing, science, math, languages, social studies and arts remain the foundation of a comprehensive education and are more important than ever. However, leaders in education and business agree that the 21st century skills and content in areas such as productivity, teamwork, cultural competence, interactive communication, critical thinking, technology, language and systems thinking are needed to succeed in school, work and life. Today's challenging business environment implies that it is no longer sufficient for a new graduate to be a 'walking-encyclopedia', stuffed with facts, figures, definitions and formulas but require being a knowledgeable student (learner) who can know how to learn, how to organize information and how to distinguish between important and less important pieces of information. This paper introduces this problem and how EDUEGYPT pilot program adopt these thinking approaches in the Egyptian universities within allowed timeframe and regulations of universities. The paper describes the methodology that followed at five faculties of Cairo and Ain Shams universities to incorporate these skills. Finally, the paper illustrates the results of this pilot, which are represented in having a talent pool of students acquiring new skills beside their academic knowledge ready to cope with a rapidly changing world and labor market needs. Finally, we will discuss the lessons learned and the future work of EDUEgypt program.
Education Development for Universities in Egypt (EDUEgypt)
All Africa Public Service Innovation Awards
In 2007, Egypt was ranked the 13th on A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index. The fast-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector has been identified as a major opportunity for Egypt’s economic development. One of the most important factors to secure the growth of the sector and to strengthen Egypt’s position on the international map was securing constant number of qualified Egyptian graduates to join the industry. This paper introduces Egypt’s biggest national human capacity building initiative; Education Development of the Universities in Egypt (EDUEgypt) designed to bridge the gap between the industry needs and the available supply of Egyptian universities' graduates.
ICT Skills Development: EDUEgypt
ST-Africa 2012 Conference Proceedings Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds) IIMC International Information Management Corporation
This paper showcases the Egyptian national initiative for human resources capacity building; “Education Development for Universities in Egypt (EDUEgypt Program)” that aims at integrating the ICT skills in the Egyptian universities. The main objective of EDUEgypt Program is to foster the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Egypt through generating a qualified talent pool capable of joining the ICT industry right after graduation. After four years of implementation, the ICT sector in Egypt is reaping the fruits of EDUEgypt Program; annually the program provides the sector with a minimum of 2000 qualified Egyptian graduates. EDUEgypt’s four years’ experience highlights the importance of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model as a way to integrate the ICT in educational systems. The ripple effect of EDUEgypt Program has impacted the lives of many Egyptians and the same experience is to be replicated in African countries such as Uganda and Eritrea.
Enhancing Research Capacity of African Institutions through Social Networking
Ana Jimenez-Castellanos, Maximo Ramirez-Robles, Amany Shousha, Cheick Oumar Bagayoko, Caroline Perrin, Maria Zolfo, Asa Cuzin, Alima Roland, Richmond Aryeetey, Victor Maojo
Traditionally, participation of African researchers in top Biomedical Informatics (BMI) scientific journals and conferences has been scarce. Looking beyond these numbers, an educational goal should be to improve overall research and, therefore, to increase the number of scientists/authors able to produce and publish high quality research. In such scenario, we are carrying out various efforts to expand the capacities of various institutions located at four African countries – Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon and Mali – in the framework of a European Commission-funded project, AFRICA BUILD. This project is currently carrying out activities such as e-learning, collaborative development of informatics tools, mobility of researchers, various pilot projects, and others. Our main objective is to create a self-sustained South-South network of BMI developers.
Streamlining Capacity Development for Employment
Bishoy Louis Yassa
IST-Africa 2014 Conference Proceedings Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds) IIMC International Information Management Corporation
Unemployment has been viewed as a challenging situation for different economies. The issue of unemployment has been outlined as one of the inhibitors of economic growth. As African countries are concerned with addressing the issue of unemployment; this paper proposes a strategic intervention to counter unemployment through Capacity Development and bridging the skill gap between the market skill requirements and the skills of individuals. The proposed model aims at creating a supply demand balance and drive the attraction of new business opportunities while feeding the talent pool with more qualified human resources. This paper also outlines a relevant Capacity Development initiative that is being conducted in Egypt along with significant successful results. It also discusses the future prospects and developments that this model accommodates for; including streamlining knowledge sharing and Capacity Development between African countries as well as a set of recommendations to empower the application of this model.
Applying SFIA framework in ITI Mobile Application Development Track: Case Study
Rasha El Banna, Hesham Farouk, Heba Saleh
The International Conference on Educational Technologies and Education
As a leading institute in the human capacity building and development, Information Technology Institute (ITI) has witnessed the evolving challenges of training and employment for its aspiring interns. One of the major challenges is providing the IT market with the right candidate that is empowered with the market’s set of skills. On one hand, Information Technology Institute provides the employers with the potential candidates throughout its professional 9-months professional diploma Knowledge Transfer Program (KTP) program that targets different market job profiles. On the other hand, SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) provides a common language to communicate the value and relevance of a course to a target job profile. Hence, this case study has created a platform to make use of this advantage for the gap analysis and recommendation on the current ITI tracks towards better matching with the target job profiles. This platform has helped us to identify the gaps in one of the existing ITI training tracks to better fit with the market.
Public Sector Information and Open Government Data
Mohammad Adly Talaat
International Journal of Engineering and Advanced Technology Studies (IJEATS)
This paper tackles the distinguished experiences of some countries in the domains of Public Sector Information (PSI) and Open Government Data (OGD), and demonstrates the current situation of Egypt related to them. The paper shows as well why the OGD is needed and its benefits on the political, economic, social, and international readiness axes
Combined Localization, Beamforming And Interference Threshold Estimation In Underlay Cognitive System
Omar Nasr, Yasser Nagib, Mohamed Hafez
2nd World Symposium On Web Applications and Networking, Wireless Networking track
This paper aims at providing an innovative solution for blind interference threshold estimation in an underlay cognitive network to be used in adaptive beamforming by secondary user Transmitter and Receiver. For the task of threshold estimation, blind detection of modulation and SNR are used. For the sake of beamforming several localization algorithms are compared to settle on best one for cognitive environment. Beamforming algorithms as LCMV (Linear Constraint Minimum Variance) and MVDR (Minimum Variance Distortion less) are also proposed and compared. The idea of just nulling the primary user after knowledge of its location is discussed against the idea of working under interference threshold
Developing a Crowd Sourced Mobile Application to Monitor the Cellular Networks Coverage -My Operator Coverage (MOC)
Bassem Boshra Thabet, Mohammad Adly Talaat
International Journal of Network and Communication Research (IJNCR)
The number of cellular mobile phone users has increased enormously worldwide over the last two decades. Consequently, the monitoring for the coverage of the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in terms of network coverage and broadband signal strength has become vital for both of the MNOs and regulators. This monitoring helps telecommunications operators and regulators keeping the market playing fair and most beneficial for users. However, the adopted methodologies to facilitate this continuous monitoring process is still problematic regarding cost, effort, and reliability. This paper introduces My Operator Coverage (MOC) system that is based on the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor the MNOs coverage using a crowd sourced real-time methodology. MOC produces robust and reliable geographical maps for the user-perceived QoE for the MNOs coverage. MOC is also meant to enrich the telecommunications regulators with concrete, and up-to-date information that allows for adequate mobile market management strategies as well as appropriate decision making.
A Reconfigurable 2-D IDCT Architecture for HEVC Encoder/Decoder
Ahmed Kilany, Maher Abdelrasoul, Ahmed Shalaby, Mohammed S. Sayed
Recently, HEVC standard have been proposed as a solution for transmitting high quality videos with half bit rate compared to the previous H.264 standard. One of the main properties of the new standard is the variety of the transform unit sizes. In this paper, we propose a new reconfigurable pipelined architecture for Inverse Discrete Cosine transform, which is used in both the HEVC encoder and decoder. Our circuit supports all the transform block sizes with reusability and reconfigurability of the different circuit parts. Our proposed architecture implemented on TSMC 65nm, runs at clock frequency of 500 MHz, and achieves throughput of 1990 Mpixel/sec that is more than the best architecture in the literature, to the best of our knowledge, by about 42%. The proposed architecture can process UHD video resolutions up to 8K with 60 fps.
Multi-Site Fusion for WLAN Based Indoor Localization via Maximum Discrimination Fingerprinting
Amr M. Shata, Salma S. Abd El-Hamid, and Yehia A. Heiba, Omar A. Nasr
This paper presents a WLAN-based fingerprinting localization system. We use off-the-shelf access points and, Channel State Information (CSI) to create a fingerprint of every location. Maximum discrimination method is applied to build the fingerprints database using either one Access Point or with fusion between more than one, depending on certain RSSI criteria. We also present a new RSSI-filtration method to reduce the calculation time and increase the localization accuracy. The results show accuracy up to 97% with 0.5 m precision
Importance of MOOCs for enhancing skills of learners and educators
Marwa Mahmoud Mubarak
EELU 2nd International Conference - EELU ICEL
The world is witnessing in last few years an enormous evolution in the e-learning fields. Supported by the constant attempts of improving the online networks plus communication and information technology around the world. MOOCs 'Massive Open Online Courses' is one of the most important aspects of this development which was the paradigm shift in education around the world. The research try to emphasize the importance of exploiting this new trend in developing both student and teacher skills in various fields, thus promoting the development of the educational system and learning environments. That is by reviewing the most important research findings in this area as one of the latest e-learning fields and to highlight the different experiences to exploit this area in the educational process and the development of various skills around the world.
Increasing Egyptian Kids Motivation in Learning Process using Augmented Reality
Ahmed Fekry Mohamed
EELU 2nd International Conference - EELU ICEL
Using Augmented Reality to support children education is a key factor nowadays, In this research we will investigate the impact of using Augmented Reality to help kids learn Letters and Numbers by simulate new graphic component that will appear by using a small application called Augmented Characters which shows relevant items for each letter or number and measure how this may change the whole learning experience.To finalize this research we develop Augmented Reality Application and test it with group of Egyptian Kids in age between 4-6 years , to address the change that may happen to kids learning motivation curve when include Augmented reality in our Interactive education Methodology. And if this new simulated world will make them visualized the content well and get satisfied with the whole learning process or Not?