Education Minister: 2 M EGP invested in Helwan exploration center
Education Minister Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr - YOUM7/Amr Moustafa

CAIRO: Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr announced 2 million EGP ($280,000) have been collected and allocated to re-establish an exploration center in the city of Helwan in Cairo, Youm7 reported on Saturday.

“This is the first time such a big amount of money is invested. By next September, the center will receive talented and outstanding students and professors,” Abou el-Nasr told Youm7.

The money was raised from contributions by businessmen and investors to help develop young investors, amid the ministry’s efforts to rise with the country’s human resources, which Abou el-Nasr said he believed is essential to the progress of any country.

On May 21, the minister honored three winning Egyptian students, who qualified to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair Intel ISEF, held in California last week.

The 2014 constitution brought new promises for scientific research, compelling the state to allocate a minimum of one percent of gross national product, “which should gradually increase to meet international standards,” according to article 23.

Both presidential candidates Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi have spoken about the importance of developing scientific research; Sisi said development of scientific research should serve agriculture and industries.

Sabbahi’s presidential platform stated that new centers and investment in research should be encouraged, while taxes on research expenses should be reduced.

Most scientific research centers are affiliated with the Ministry of Education. The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), established in 1972, is the largest platform for researchers.

ASRT director Mahmoud Sakr declared that they were currently making efforts to attract and work together with Egyptian researchers and scientists abroad, MENA reported on May 17.

Additional reporting by Sara Allam and Mahmoud Taha Hussein.

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