KSU launches partnership with Egypt’s Ain Shams University

Dr. Papp and Egypt's Ain Shams University representative Mohammad Hazim Abdellatif.

Building on a string of relationships with academic institutions worldwide‚ Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Jul 7, 2009) — Building on a string of relationships with academic institutions worldwide‚ Kennesaw State has launched an official partnership with Ain Shams University‚ Egypt’s third largest university.

The partnership‚ announced during a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony last week at KSU’s Jolley Lodge‚ opens the door for student and faculty exchanges‚ joint research and other academic programs‚ especially in the health sciences.

The agreement with Ain Shams‚ which has 220‚000 students‚ is the latest in a series of international partnerships Kennesaw State has forged with academic institutions across the globe‚ including several in Egypt.

“KSU has been expanding its international linkages with universities in targeted locations‚” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “With this agreement‚ we’re not only extending relations from university to university‚ but also Egypt−U.S. relations that are critical to human development and global stability.”

For Mohammad Hazim Abdellatif‚ who represented Ain Shams at the signing ceremony‚ the agreement highlights both the university’s strategic goals and the hope for improving relations between the U.S. and Egypt.

“Even though this is a cultural relationship‚ the political climate helps a lot as we forge new relationships with reputable international universities like Kennesaw State University‚” said Abdellatif‚ coordinator of Ain Shams’ External Relations Committee‚ which steers such agreements through extensive university and governmental approvals. “There is a sense of comfort in Egypt towards the new U.S. administration.”

Both KSU and Ain Shams are looking to develop exchanges‚ initially with KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services‚ whose dean‚ Richard Sowell‚ visited Ain Shams last year. For example‚ Ain Shams has expressed an interest in nursing education‚ an area in which KSU is a leader. Discussions are underway for joint public health programs to combat HIV AIDS‚ hepatitis C and pediatric diabetes‚ and for a joint advanced nursing degree program at Ain Shams.

“We’re looking forward to this being the beginning of a very important collaboration between our universities‚” Sowell said. “Ain Shams is a very impressive university with a large‚ well−respected medical school and very strong programs in health sciences. We’re excited about the potential for WellStar faculty and students‚ and looking for ways to branch out into other academics areas as well.”


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