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Egyptian-Korean TVET deal sealed for 2022

The Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation has received a $6m grant from South Korea that will be used to establish a Korean technical education facility in the central Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef.

L-R: Yoon Soon-Gu, Ambassador of South Korea to Egypt, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister, Sherif Ismail Egyptian Prime Minister, and Sahar Nasr Minister of Investment and International Cooperation during the signing ceremony on June 22. Photo: KOICA Egypt Office

The project should be completed within seven years, and will start operating in 2022

“The faculty aims to provide skilled labour to the Egyptian market and develop scientific capabilities of teaching staff,” Sahar Nasr, Egyptian minister of investment told the Egyptian press. The facility will abide by international standards and provide accredited certificates to students, she said.

“The faculty aims to provide skilled labor to the Egyptian market and develop scientific capabilities of teaching staff”

The project should be completed within seven years, and will start operating in 2022. The facility will develop technical academic and skills development programs to improve skills of graduating calibre. It will also aim to raise the standards of practical skills of teaching staff, policymakers and administrative staff in the field of technical education.

Nasr said the cooperation between the two countries would include “vocational training invitations to Korea for teaching staff at the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, as well as frequent visits by experts from Korea to Egypt for project management consultations.”

The agreement is the outcome of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to South Korea last year, where the latter pledged to support Egypt’s socio-economic development through the Korea International Cooperation Agency on behalf of the government.

For the past 18 years KOICA’s Egypt office has been implementing fellowship and capacity building schemes as well as the Korea Overseas Volunteer program, the KOICA Egypt office told The PIE News.

In the education field, KOICA has implemented major projects, including the upgrading of four vocational training centres in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade in different parts of Egypt. They have also completed a project to improve the automotive vocational training system in Egypt.

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