Center of Excellence for ESD at Fayoum University opened

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At an event held on August 29,2013 at the Faculty of Education, Professor Abdel Hamid Abdel Tawab Sabry, President of Fayoum University, opened the first-of-its kind in Upper Egypt Center of Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development.

The opening ceremony was attended by Professor Ahmed Taha, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Mohammad Farouk, Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Samiha Makhlouf, Vice-Dean for Community Service and Environment Development, and Dr. Hanaa Ezzat, Director of Center of Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development.

In his speech, President Sabry praised the efforts exerted by the Center staff, stressing the importance of collective work and cooperation among the faculty members and the administrative officers. He also underscored the role of the University in serving the local community through establishing centers of excellence and special units in order to prepare generations of well-qualified young people.

Furthermore, he lauded the role played by Former Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Research, Prof. Magdy Hanna, who selected a group of well-respected faculty members to work in that center. He concluded his speech with a message to the University community, calling all faculty members, administrative staffs, and students to work for the good of the university regardless of partisan and political affiliations.

Taking the floor, Dr. Mohammad Farouk spoke about the center describing it as one of the fruits of the TEMPUS Project, a partnership between seven Egyptian universities and a number of European higher education institutions.

"This center is tasked with disseminating the culture of sustainable development in educational institutions as well as training some teachers in the latest teaching methods," he added.

The article is available in Arabic at the website of Fayoum University: