The American University in Cairo (AUC) celebrated on 15 July the opening of three university career development centers at Zagazig University in Sharqiya, which are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to a press release from the AUC's Office of Communication.
The event was attended by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Sharqiya Governor Mamdouh Ghorab, President of Zaqaziq University Khaled Abdel-Bary, together with Sherry Carlin, director of USAID/Egypt, AUC Counselor Ashraf Hatem, and AUC Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman.
Senior officials in Sharqiya governorate and businessmen in Zagazig and also from the nearby 10th of Ramadan City attended the opening ceremony.
“The University Centers for Career Development project is a wonderful endeavor that is emblematic of AUC’s dedication to giving back to Egypt,” said AUC Provost Abdel-Rahman.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Zagazig University to establish three Career Centers for Career Development to prepare their students for the labor market and develop their skills so they can contribute positively to the business, industrial and agricultural sectors in Sharqiya governorate. We thank the US Agency for International Development for its support to this project, which aims to spread career education in Egyptian universities,” he added.
According to the release, t"he newly opened centers, three of 20 centers in 12 universities throughout Egypt, are implemented as part of the University Centers for Career Development project that offers a comprehensive set of career management services, trainings for employment and entrepreneurship to increase the graduates’ competitiveness."
Minister Abdel-Ghaffar praised the project explaining: “The opening of the three university centers for career development today is a great example of cooperation between the US Agency for International Development and the American University in Cairo that served Egypt for 100 years, and whose graduates are excelling in all positions.”
He emphasized the importance of such a program for Egypt’s youth.
“There is always a gap between academic education and the needs of the labor market not only in Egypt but all over the world. This is why the career development centers are of importance to raise the quality of graduates to compete in the local and international labor markets. We hope we can have such career development centers in all the Egyptian universities.”
The release added that "this inauguration comes weeks after the opening of the UCCD of Sohag University, making the UCCD centers eleven opened in Delta and Upper Egypt. The project aims to reach around one million students in public universities in Upper Egypt, Delta and Greater Cairo. It will help bridge the gap between university education outcomes and the needs of the labor market and industry."
“Zagazig University has always been in pursuit of modernization and development to serve its community. It has served as a beacon of knowledge and foundation of creativity with capable graduates who compete in the job market and contribute to developing their society,” pointed Zaqaziq University president Abdel Barry.
To ensure the sustainability of the career development centers and its career services, "AUC team will train and certify the staff of Zaqaziq University as Career Service Providers who are capable of providing career guidance services to university students."