Zewail to inaugurate nanotechnology center Tuesday

CAIRO: Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail will inaugurate the Nanotechnology Center of  Zewail City for Science and Technology, stated Zewail city spokesperson Sherif Fouad Saturday.

The inauguration will be attended by the Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and other ministers who will pay a visit to the headquarters of the city in October 6 city, he added.

The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces began construction of the city several weeks ago.

In a press conference Sep. 10, Zewail said the city would be expanded to 200 acres, noting that the nanotechnology facility will be “a breakthrough in the industries of nanotechnology.”

The city will include also seven research centers to international standards and a center of basic science research, Zewail continued.

A new center named the Talaat Harb Institute for Economic and Global Affairs will also be established in the city to study the Egyptian economy and for carrying out research and projects.

Zewail city is the first non-profit academic scientific facility in Egypt; it was proposed in 1999, but a Cabinet decree on May 11, 2011 labeled the project a “National Project of Scientific Renaissance” and named it Zewail City of Science and Technology. In addition, a presidential decree allows students to enroll in the city’s university. The city selects between 4-5 percent of applicants.

President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi launched Saturday a national initiative that includes projects aiming to boost scientific research: doubling grants for outstanding universities’ students, issuing a law to regulate scientific research and implementing an Egyptian strategy for scientific research to keep pace with the development of education strategy. Sisi honored also 24 scientists who received the Nile and State discretionary awards in science and technology 2012-2013, said presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.


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