Egypt signs agreement with British Council bolstering scientific research

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Sep 2023

Egypt’s Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) signed an agreement with the British Council on Monday to foster scientific research and knowledge exchange between the two sides, according to a statement by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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A photo of Walaa Sheta, the Chairman of Egypt s Science and Technology Development Fund and Mark Howard, the British Council s Director during the signing of an agreement to foster scientific research and knowledge exchange between the two sides. photo courtesy of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research


These areas of exchange include renewable energy production and storage, healthcare, water resources management and treatment, agriculture and food security, and environmental protection. 

Furthermore, the agreement seeks to establish a network of outstanding researchers who will enhance relations between Egypt and the UK while developing the scientific research system in Egypt and implementing innovative research projects.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Egyptian-British forum taking place in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) from Sunday to Thursday.

The forum highlights investment opportunities in higher education and involves the participation of a high-level British delegation, along with representatives from 10 universities and five British institutions.

Long history of scientific cooperation

This year in May, Egypt and the UK celebrated seven years of scientific research cooperation under the Newton-Mosharafa Fund, which supports research and innovation to advance economic development and social welfare, supporting Egypt's sustainable development 2030 vision.

The fund is named after British mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton and the Egyptian theoretical physicist Doctor Ali Mustafa Mosharafa, who contributed to the development of quantum theory.

The fund is valued at £55 million over seven years shared between the UK and Egyptian governments.

Since its launch in 2014, the Newton-Mosharafa Fund has provided 282 scholarships to Egyptian researchers to obtain a doctoral degree, in addition to funding 69 research partnerships between Egyptian and UK universities.

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