Alumni and students' communities /
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Arab Republic of Egypt
Egyptian Association of Graduates from Russia and other CIS countries
Establishment date: August 2001
State registration: August 2002
Total number of graduates in the country: around 10,000
Number of the graduates who are members of the Association: 120
Branches, affiliates, clubs, etc.: branch in Alexandria
Structure of governing bodies: Council
Mailing address: Russian Cultural Center, room 18, 127, El Tahrir Str., Dоkki, Cairo, EGYPT
Phone: (202) 7606371
Fax: (202) 7493714
Adel Abdel-Rakhman Shikha: president (phone: (010) 5001009, e-mail email@example.com);
Sherif Xassan Gad: vice-president, graduated from Moscow State University (journalism department) in 1985 (phone (00202) 7601747; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
From humanitarian to scientific and technical cooperation
The cooperation between Egypt and the Republics of the Soviet Union got a fresh impetus in the mid-1950s after the signing of the Agreement on the construction of the Aswan dam. The Soviet Union later extended aid in the construction of the Helwan metallurgical Plant, the Naga Khammadi Aluminum plant, the Ferro-alloy plant in Etfu and the projects for electrification and mechanization of agriculture.
The bi-lateral cooperation in science and culture got under way at the same period, with the Soviet Union offering broad opportunities for training Egyptian experts in various fields - science, culture, industry, etc.
Many alumni of the Soviet HE institutions have come back to Egypt since then to work at the universities and institutes, plants and various public and private sector entities. Institutes were set up on the basis of some plants to train experts the new industry needed, which granted diplomas equivalent to the Soviet ones.
For example, the Tabbin Metallurgy Institute set up near Cairo jointly with the Helwan Metallurgical Plant employed Soviet professors and granted diplomas equivalent to the ones issued by the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. The top alumni of the Tabbin Institute got an opportunity to go to the USSR and enter post-graduate courses.
The Egyptian alumni of the Soviet HE institutions believe they are representatives of the leading Soviet scientific schools. They needed support and interaction with their alma mater after they came back home. Unfortunately, it did not always work out and the ties got severed. The letters they sent to their professors and friends often went unanswered and they got separated from the scientific schools they had studied at.
In addition, there was a shortage of up-to-date scientific and technical literature in Russian. It was not an easy task to go to the USSR to familiarize with the latest scientific achievements or improve one's knowledge in the chosen speciality. The library of the Russian Cultural Center in Cairo offered but a limited selection of books on technical subjects and the fiction of the times. One can say that there was virtually no up-to-date scientific or technical literature back then. Fortunately, the situation is changing now.
Our relations with the Russian Cultural Center in Egypt have changed for the better over the last 10 years. It seeks to attract as many alumni as possible to collaborate with them in various fields and engage them in concerts, exhibitions, film shows, lectures and meetings with the leading Russian and Egyptian directors, actors, composers, etc. The Russian Cultural Center often hosts artists, actors and scientists who familiarize the Egyptians with the new cultural trends and developments in Russia and its latest scientific achievements. The Egyptian alumni of the Russian HE institutions actively participate in such events.
As a result of the changes which occurred in Egypt and Russia over the last years, the interaction between the Russian Cultural Center and the alumni has acquired new dimensions. Thus, new forms of cooperation have emerged, for example, seminars are organized in Egypt to market the achievements of the Russian science and industry. The alumni are actively engaged in arranging such seminars, they draft programs of meetings between the Russian experts and entrepreneurs with the Egyptians and act as interpreters at such events. The alumni of the HE institutions of the former Soviet Union hold high positions at the Egyptian institutes, universities, research centers, plants and other entities which fact affords excellent opportunities for enhancing cooperation between Russia and Egypt. The situation may change in several years for the alumni numbers will decline as they retire and their positions will be filled by the alumni from other countries as, unfortunately, fewer and fewer Egyptians enroll at the Russian HE institutions.
That is why everything should be done to strengthen ties with the new generation of Russian HE institutions' alumni. It is high time to convert our good and friendly relations into a fast growing cooperation in all fields of science and technology for the benefit of both countries.
Professor ALI FAKHMI ABDEL SALAM
Former President, the Egyptian Association of the alumni of the HE institutions of Russia and the other CIS countries.
Branch offices of the Pan-Egyptian Association
A Constituent Assembly of the Alexandria branch office (Bureau of the Pan-Egyptian Association of the Russian and Soviet HE institutions' alumni) was held in 2003. The organization's Charter and Program were approved and the first 30 members admitted. Dr. Mokhsen Adam Omar - professor of the Alexandria University -was elected Chairman of the Association's Bureau.
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