Egyptian-Korean Technological College helps counter youth unemployment in Egypt
KOICA stimulates youth employment in Egypt through building of college, internship program with Samsung Electronics, local companies
A college for technology built with the support of KOICA is taking the lead in countering youth unemployment in Egypt and receiving positive feedback from local students and companies, KOICA announced at a conference to share the outcomes of the project in Cairo on June 9.
Since 2016, KOICA has been carrying out a project to establish the Egyptian-Korean Technological College for Industry and Energy in Beni Suef, Egypt. The project has produced talent in the field of technological industry, through the development of a globally-standardized curriculum and on-site internship programs with Samsung Electronics’ factory and local companies. KOICA shared these achievements with local partners at the conference.
*Project: Establishment of Egyptian-Korean Technological College 2016-2022/ $5.83 million
According to the World Bank, about 39% of Egypt’s total population received higher education in 2018, exceeding the world average of 38% in the same year. At the same time, the youth unemployment problem remains severe with one out of every four unemployed people belonging to the youth demographic.
Although there are eight national universities for technology in Egypt, there were limits to fostering competitive technological professionals in demand by companies due to aging facilities and shortcomings in practical training. There was also lack of awareness in the country on the importance of technological education in lowering unemployment, promoting social equality, and ultimately improving national competitiveness.
Accordingly, KOICA built a four-year college for technological education in Beni Suef, southern Cairo in 2019. In line with demand from local companies, two departments teaching mechanical and electronic engineering and information and communication were opened and an education curriculum was developed.
KOICA also obtained certification for the curriculum of the college through Washington Accord* member institutions. KOICA ensured that eight global standards, including school operation and student selection, were met to guarantee international recognition of the institution’s degree.
*An international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs
In addition, an agreement was formed with companies to support the employment of students from the college. KOICA signed a three-way business agreement with the Egyptian-Korean Technological College and Samsung Electronics in 2020, and has been operating an internship for 20 students every year at the Samsung Electronics’ factory in Beni Suef. This internship has been expanded to other nearby companies, and 237 students from the school are currently participating in internships at 22 companies.
Many of the 100 graduates expected to graduate for the first time in July next year are expected to find employment in companies where they interned.
At the conference held on June 9, three sessions were held on the system and status of vocational training and education in Egypt, a case study of the establishment of the college through Korea-Egypt cooperation, and case studies of achievements in other technological colleges in Egypt.
Participants at the conference included Korean Ambassador to Egypt Hong Jin-wook, Country Director of the KOICA Office in Egypt Oh Yeon-keum, Head of Samsung Electronics Egypt productions Kwon Choon-ki, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for University Affairs Ayman Ashour, Deputy Minister for Technical Education Mohamed Megahed, Governor of Beni Suef Mohamed Hani Ghoneim, President of the Egyptian-Korean Technological College for Industry and Energy Mohamed Shokr Nada, and representatives from local businesses.
“We expect to contribute to resolving the unemployment problem and create as many opportunities as possible to infuse new hope and dreams for the youth population,” said Ambassador Hong. “To this end, we will become a close supporter of Egypt and continue our journey together to ensure that this first project’s outcomes prevail.”
“We are happy to confirm the achievements of the Egyptian-Korean Technological College through this conference today,” said Deputy Minister Ayman Ashour. “It is important to continue support for the college for the development of Egypt’s technological education. We are in need of not only support from the public sector but also cooperation from the private sector, including companies.”
“This conference was an opportunity to share the key achievements and successful finishing of this project,” said Country Director Oh. “One of our biggest achievements was contributing to raising awareness on technology education in Egypt by developing a curriculum focused on practice-oriented training. Seeing that this project has contributed to both Egypt’s economic development and the growth of Korean companies, we will plan a follow-up project based on the discussions of this conference and establish sustainable technology education.”
Student representative from the Egyptian-Korean Technological College Abdallah Mohamed Habib said, “We are proud to be at a college with a state-of-the-art curriculum and practical labs created through the support of KOICA. We students are gaining on-site experience through internships provided by the school and companies. We also have an opportunity to learn Korean and about Korean culture through an educational center installed at the school this year. We offer our gratitude to all parties involved to provide high-quality education for our students.”
Photo 1. Participants of the conference to share outcomes of cooperation on technical and vocational education and training held in Cairo, Egypt on June 9.
Photo 2. Country Director of the KOICA Office in Egypt Oh Yeon-keum delivers a certificate of engineering to the Egyptian-Korean Technological College at a conference held in Cairo, Egypt on June 9. (From left: Country Director of the KOICA Office in Egypt Oh Yeon-keum, President of the Egyptian-Korean Technological College for Industry and Energy Mohamed Shokr Nada, Governor of Beni Suef Mohamed Hani Ghoneim, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for University Affairs Ayman Ashour, and Korean Ambassador to Egypt Hong Jin-wook)
Photo 3. Country Director of the KOICA Office in Egypt Oh Yeon-keum delivers a presentation at a conference in Cairo, Egypt on June 9.
Photo 4. A student representative delivers a speech at a conference in Cairo, Egypt on June 9.
Photo 5. The Beni Suef University of Technology, which includes the Egyptian-Korean College of Industrial Technology and Energy
Photo 6. Korean Ambassador to Egypt Hong Jin-wook (center) visits the Egyptian-Korean Technological College for Industry and Energy in Beni Suef, Egypt.