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Communications offers a master's degree in data science and artificial intelligence from the largest Canadian university

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, witnessed, through video conference technology, the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Queen’s University in Canada regarding the provision of a Master of Science degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University’s College of Computing within the “Digital Egypt Builders” initiative. ; In the presence of Ambassador Louis Damas, Ambassador of Canada in Cairo, and the participation of Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Canada, via video conference.


The "Builders of Digital Egypt" initiative aims to prepare highly specialized technical cadres through an integrated study program, which is a free scholarship provided by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to obtain a professional master's degree from the largest international universities in one of five specializations: data science, artificial intelligence, and security. Cyber, robotics and automation sciences, digital architecture, digital arts, and financial technology, in addition to training certificates accredited by international technology developers, as well as a certificate in leadership and management skills, and another in the English language.

Queen's University is ranked fifth globally and first in Canada in the global rankings of universities that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and outside their local community. Since its inception, many eminent personalities of government officials, academics and business leaders have graduated; Including Nobel laureates.


The joint cooperation aims to hone the skills of graduates in the field of artificial intelligence and data science, while creating an environment that promotes creativity and innovation; And that is through the application on modern data science tools, optimization and machine learning to solve the problems facing the world.


The academic program is offered online over a year, divided into three semesters, and the courses cover 26 credit hours. The master's program is taught by specialized professors from Queen's University faculty with the participation of Egyptian professors.

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, stressed that this agreement is a new addition to a series of partnerships held by the Builders of Digital Egypt initiative with major world-class universities, in light of cooperation with both the University of Ottawa in Canada and Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea, in addition to Signing agreements with nine international companies to provide students with practical experience; enriching the educational process in the areas of management and leadership; He alluded to the initiative's cooperation with UNESCO through the Open Learning Resources Program, with the aim of developing the skills of faculty members and employees of the initiative; Expressing his aspiration to open new horizons for cooperation with Queen's University in the field of research and development through the partnership between the College of Computing at the university, which has a prominent research record in a wide range of fields, and the Center for Applied Innovation, which was established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to develop solutions to national challenges in various societal fields. using emerging technologies.


"Talaat" added, in a press statement, today, Friday, that the availability of human expertise and skills is the first step in building a digital society; He explained that the Digital Egypt Builders initiative aims to refine the technical and personal skills of young people and provide them with practical experience while providing a supportive environment for innovation and excellence in a way that creates a base of specialists to meet the requirements of local and international companies working in the field of information and communication technology; He praised what the initiative had achieved in a short time in concluding agreements with reputable international universities, industry partners, and international organizations.

On his part; Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Canada, expressed his happiness at the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Digital Egypt Builders Initiative and Queen’s University, which is one of the best universities in Canada; Pointing to his confidence in the ability of students enrolled in the initiative to benefit from the distinguished opportunities provided by the Egyptian government to them, as part of its vision to prepare new generations to become the driving force for technological innovation in Egypt.


Ambassador Louis Damas, Canada's ambassador to Cairo, stressed that this agreement enhances Canada's academic presence in Egypt, and achieves the best investment for Egypt, which is investment in human capital, which is the main engine for achieving progress. Noting that this cooperation opens prospects for a new phase of long-term academic cooperation, pointing to the great potentials possessed by the Egyptian ICT sector.

Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority, indicated that this agreement comes within the framework of efforts to enhance Egypt's competitive capabilities and increase its attractiveness as a leading destination in the field of information technology, explaining that all the various initiatives offered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its affiliates aim to develop capabilities. and digital skills for Egyptian youth in line with the needs of the local and global labor market, and in light of the global trend towards building an economy based on digital technologies and innovation.

Dr. Hoda Baraka, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology to develop technological skills, explained that the agreement with Queen’s University allows students of the Builders of Egypt Digital Initiative to obtain a master’s degree in data science and artificial intelligence, which are areas that represent a major priority not only for the initiative but also to achieve national goals, expressing She expressed her hope that the agreement would contribute to preparing a generation of specialists capable of serving all sectors.


Dr. Patrick Dean, President of Queen’s University, indicated that under the cooperation and partnership agreement, 100 Egyptian students will be given the opportunity each academic year to learn and study at Queen’s University through an interactive online program within the framework of a vision aimed at creating a digital future, and building a community supported by the basic technological skills required for success. in the twenty-first century; He explained that university entrants will participate in implementing projects that will help them understand basic concepts in data science and machine learning, and model technological solutions to global challenges, taking into account the ethical and privacy implications of AI-based solutions; Emphasizing the university's commitment to global participation through its responsibility towards sustainable development and the promotion of mutually beneficial partnerships around the world.


The cooperation agreement was signed by Eng. Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, and Dr. Patrick Dean, President of Queen’s University; participated in

The virtual signing ceremony was Dr. Hossam Othman, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Technological Innovation, Electronics Industry and Training, Dr. Ahmed Tantawy, supervisor of the Applied Innovation Center, a number of leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, a number of engineering and computer science professors, academic advisors to the Ministry, and a number of Queen’s University leaders .


It is noteworthy that the "Builders of Digital Egypt" initiative was launched last September, and it is a free grant to obtain a professional master's degree from an international university for outstanding graduates of public and private Egyptian universities, recent graduates from faculties of engineering, computers, information and sciences, Department of Computer Sports, Statistics, and Arts Applied and fine arts, economics, business management, urban planning, from all governorates, and they are selected according to specific admission conditions and criteria.


The initiative is implemented in cooperation with a number of major international universities specialized in modern technical fields, and a number of local and international companies working in the fields of information and communications technology, leadership development, and language skills development.


The third semester of the Spring 2021 batch and the second semester of the Summer 2021 batch started in early September, and applications were opened for the Fall and Winter 2021 and 2022 semester, during which applications were opened in two new tracks for the first time, namely digital arts and financial technology (fintech) and from The coming period will witness the signing of cooperation agreements with major international universities.