Eng. Yasser Elkady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology witnessed the signing of research projects contracts for the sixth call and round between the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and universities, institutes and research centers in the presence of the presidents of Egyptian universities and research institutes and a number of universities' vice-presidents, deans and professors. The contracts aim to support research and applied projects in universities and specialized institutes according to the needs of industry, the market and national trends in telecoms sector and to improve skills by teaching special curricula on "ICT regulations, laws and communication techniques" and sponsoring and funding graduation projects in communications departments of different universities to achieve the greatest possible benefit to the Egyptian telecommunications market.
Eng. Yasser Elkady highlighted the State's keenness to support and fund scientific researches, especially those aiming to develop fields of the ICT industry in Egypt, and attain the required linkage between the market requirements and needs. This should be carried out by providing the necessary technological solutions that benefit the industry and society and launching a package of programs that sponsor national research activities in telecom sector, establishing research centers specialized in communications and capacity-building and development of resources that serve the telecom sector in general, and provide modern applications in a way that keeps pace with global developments.
Eng. Mustafa Abdel Wahid, Acting Executive President of NTRA, said that NTRA has signed 11 MoUs to support university research projects with the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams, Alexandria, El-Fayoum, Helwan, Port Said and Assiut in addition to Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (EJUST) and the Electronics Research Institute (ERI). These MoUs aim to support and enhance the constructive collaboration between the research and scientific entities and the needs of the industry and the telecom market on the other hand in order to create an integrated system to serve and develop the Egyptian society.