February 14, 2018 12:00 PM - February 14, 2018 2:00 PM
Heritage Room, ACES Library
Identical sessions/agendas will run 12-1 and 1-2.
Snack lunch & beverages available during each session.
Join us for a campus wide brainstorming session to explore opportunities for UIUC faculty and staff from a broad range of
disciplines to engage in research and capacity building initiatives with universities in Egypt. The aim is to solicit concrete ideas for such engagements and to strategically position UIUC to pursue upcoming competitive grant opportunities.
UIUC has a long history of engagement in Egypt and we have many faculty members who were recruited from there or who have worked in Egypt. From 2003 to 2007, for example, the College of ACES implemented the Agricultural Export for Rural Income project. CSAMES has provided regular academic programming such as conferences and lectures on Egypt since its inception in 1984. Most of the core faculty of CSAMES have carried out extensive research on Egypt.
Developing the energy and agricultural sectors, in particular, will be critical to transformative growth and development of Egypt. Both sectors face added challenges due to water scarcity.
Universities in Egypt can be pivotal in generating research findings and graduating highly skilled and motivated leaders to work in these sectors. While there is a role for technologies to address the challenges, they are embedded in a system of political structures and social norms. The educational systems falls short of its potential. Multi-disciplinary approaches are needed.
What issues would be interesting for you to work on? Do you already have collaborators in Egypt?
Are you interested in expanding your network?
Then we hope to see you on Wednesday!