Egypt to open children’s university on European model
Mahmoud Saqrthe head of the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The first “university” for children in Egypt was inaugurated by the head of the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT,) Dr. Mahmoud Saqr, and the president of October University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA,) Khairy Abdel Hameed, who announced inauguration Monday at the International Conference for Innovation, Youm7 reported.

The new academy is a part of an “optional education” system, developed by ASRT and MSA. Together the two universities will spread the model of the Children’s University for Sciences and Technology (CUST) in 11 Egyptian universities after training the specialists. Saqr said that the head office of children’s academy will be located in ASRT.

CUST is one of the projects supported by ASRT to establish experimental models in Alexandria and Asyut Universities, Saqr said in a Tuesday press statement. He added that the idea was successful as the children’s university was given membership in the European Children’s Universities Network following a review of the scientific and research content.

“The main purpose of the children’s university is to provide opportunities for children from 7 to 16 years to explore academic life through attending simplified scientific lectures by professors, working on research projects and using research laboratories,” Saqr told ONTV Monday. He added that this would help universities choose talented children.

“ASRT made agreements with prominent technology institutes in France, Italy, Germany and Greece to support young scientists,” Saqr told El-Watan.

Dr. Khairy Abdel Hameed told El-Watan that MSA has been cooperating with Liverpool University and other European universities since 2011in the framework of the EU-affiliated international project SiS Catalyst to develop the children’s university model in Egypt.

According to Ahram, many European countries consider children’s university as compulsory education. Turkey also obligates some children to attend children’s university to qualify for application to certain universities, Ahram reported Sunday.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub.

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