Kennesaw State, Egyptian University Form Partnership

 Kennesaw State University has signed a partnership agreement with Ain Shams University in…

Georgia (Jul 2, 2009) —  Kennesaw State University has signed a partnership agreement with Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, that will encourage student and faculty exchanges and joint research efforts. “Jointly, we can apply for international research grants,” Mohammed Hazim Abdellatif, coordinator of Ain Shams’ external relations committee told GlobalAtlanta. “Kennesaw has a very strong nursing program. In Egypt, nursing has become very important. We are very keen to improve the quality of education, the quality of research.” This is the latest in a series of partnerships between Kennesaw and academic institutions in Egypt. Kennesaw also has similar agreements with Alexandria University, Helwan University and the Egyptian University Sports Federation. With more than 180,000 students, Ain Shams is among Egypt’s largest universities. Kennesaw State is the third largest university in Georgia, with more than 21,000 students from 142 countries. Richard Sowell, dean of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw, which includes the nursing school, visited Ain Shams last year and was struck by the enormity of the university and its commitment to education. “It’s a very impressive university,” he told GlobalAtlanta. With the new partnership, the two universities will find many areas of common ground, the dean said. “It’s a beginning exploration of how we develop programs together,” he said, adding that in the research field in particular, the new partnership will help both universities. “If you are going for an international research grant, one of the major issues is to have an international partner, an interdisciplinary team,” he said. “That is what we are trying to do with these partnerships.”


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