The launching meeting, held at the University of Cairo, aimed at presenting the project to different stakeholders including the Egyptian and European Universities involved, ACS and other Institutional Bodies.
During the first Steering Committee Meeting, the Steering Committee (SC) was established and the Memorandum of Understanding agreed and signed by all partners. The project activities and tasks were presented including the responsability of each partner and the ouputs to be produced. Participants were provided with an operative work plan reporting the major and interim milestones and the associated target dates in support to the achievement of the milestones. Financial issues and administrative rules where explained in details.
The Egyptian Universities involved in the project were visited by the Italian Coordinator (University of Sassari) and UNIMED on 25th - 28th July 2016. Professors, students and the administrative staff of the local HEIs besides managers of different Egyptian enterprises were involved in the meetings. The aim of the visit was to evaluate and discuss the preliminary results of the needs assessment while collecting other relevant information thus allowing a better understanding of the involved Universities’ needs, strengths and weaknesses.
The scientific group met to discuss extensively the Master curriculum including modules and courses. Valuable contributions were provided by all participants. Master location and accreditation procedures were discussed as well.
The discussion of the scientific meeting focused mainly on the Master location and bylaw to be submitted for the Master accreditation. All partners agreed on implementing the Master in two locations rather than one, namely Alexandria University and Cairo University.