Researcher Menna El-Serafi receives her award by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
On the occasion of graduation for the academic year 2021/2022, the Zewail City's University of Science and Technology held a big ceremony attended by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Mahmoud Saqr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Mahmoud Abd Rabbo, Acting CEO of Zewail City, Hesham Okasha, CEO of the National Bank of Egypt and members of the city’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors, and a number of public figures, at the headquarters of the Administrative and Cultural Complex in Zewail City on 26 July.
In his inaugural speech, Abdel-Ghaffar congratulated the newly graduated students and their colleagues who preceded them, expressing his pride that many graduates of the university attend some of the major universities at postgraduate levels and their involvement in various fields of scientific specializations in various work and production sites in our country.
The minister stressed that Zewail City is a national scientific edifice and that the results of its work and the efforts of its founders and those in charge have begun to appear in the form of distinguished graduates, who are in no way inferior to their peers at the best universities in the world. He also noted the city’s excellence in the field of international publishing pointing out that "the size of the state’s investments in this project amounted to approximately 4 billion pounds in the first and second phases of establishing the city and approximately 6 billion pounds allocated to complete the rest of the city’s facilities, reflects the volume of investments the state pumps to build the Egyptian person".
"The Egyptian state is determined to provide the necessary support to Zewail City; to complete its mission in education and scientific research. Studies will start at the College of Computing Sciences and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Science and Technology for the new academic year to complement the role of the university in providing distinguished education to the sons of the country as a tributary of development in the Egyptian state", he added.
Abdel-Ghaffar concluded his speech urging the graduates to continue to succeed and excel in their working lives, to always believe that sincerity in work is the fruit of brilliant success, to always be ambassadors for Zewail City and their country in all parts of the world, and raise its banner in every field.
For his part, acting CEO of Zewail City Mahmoud Abd Rabbo confirmed that the celebration of the graduation of a new batch of the University of Science and Technology with its scientific and engineering tracks at the city's new and permanent headquarters represents a historic moment and a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the city's establishment. He added that the city of Zewail has stabilized, and a great scientific breakthrough has taken place. He also stated that it is on the right path set by its founder Dr. Ahmed Zewail, who always asserted that the true scientific renaissance will only be achieved with the active participation of the country’s people with international expertise and skills.
Abd Rabbo pointed out that the University of Science and Technology in Zewail City aims to prepare a generation capable of making a real scientific renaissance.
He also added that it aims "to become the first public and private university to obtain this accreditation in Egypt, in addition to obtaining the first place in Egypt and tenth in the Arab world, according to The Times classification of Arab universities, which confirms the excellence of the educational and research service in the city”.
The acting CEO of Zewail City confirmed that the university is working to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship in its graduates.
"This contributes to creating job opportunities for themselves and other young people. The city’s graduates have established companies based on adapting scientific research to deal with strategic challenges, including raising the efficiency of power plants and monitoring fish farms with the aim of reducing the wastage of toxic wealth, which confirms the ability of the graduates of the University of Science and Technology to contribute to solving the problems of society and transforming it into an added value,” he explained.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, Minister Abdel-Ghaffar honored Reem Arafa, professor of biomedical sciences, by awarding her the Excellence in Teaching Award, Menna El-Serafi, a researcher specializing in genetics, by awarding her the Zewail Incentive Award for 2022, as well as Abdel-Rahman Mihoub, Associate Professor in the Nanoscience Programme, by awarding him Zewail City award.
Student Ayman Mohammed in the Earth Physics Programme and Abdullah Shaaban in the Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics Programme were both honored for their superiority in the undergraduate stage. They were awarded the Dr. Ahmed Zewail Cup.
The minister also honored several heads of Egyptian banks, companies, and institutions who contributed to providing support to Zewail City students and researchers believing in the message of the city of Zewail.