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    Schneider Electric celebrates graduation of new class of its Energy University program

    [19.09.2017]

    • Schneider Electric supports education initiatives that help organizations and communities build a more sustainable, energy-efficient future around the world
    • Schneider Electric's programs aim to help students and technicians fulfill their potential to bring about marked change in industries and local communities: Walid Sheta
    • Schneider Electric Egypt ranked first worldwide in terms of training programs provided to university students, with 25,000 courses
    Cairo, 19th September, 2017 - Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has celebrated the graduation of a new class of its Energy University initiative, part of the company's continuous efforts to enhance technical education and professional training in Egypt.

    The ceremony, attended by a number of university professors and Schneider's senior executives, honored a group of future and current electrical and control technicians.

    “Tapping young talents is one of our core values at Schneider Electric," said Walid Sheta, Regional Cluster Head of North East Africa and Levant, who gave a congratulatory speech the event.

    "We believe that specialized training in the energy sector is the key to helping organizations and communities build a more sustainable, energy-efficient future around the world. Our programs aim to help students and technicians fulfill their potential to bring about marked change across various industries and local communities,” he added.

    Sheta said the 'Energy University' initiative has attracted an unprecedented number of students from around the world, especially Egypt.

    According to latest statistics by Schneider Electric, 4,145 Egyptian students completed the course, making Egypt rank third in terms of the number of enrolled students, after the United States and China. The figure makes up 8 percent of the total number of students globally.

    Schneider Electric Egypt is ranked first worldwide in terms of the number training programs it has offered, with the figure standing at 25,486 courses. This makes up 29 percent of the total number of training programs offered worldwide.

    The ceremony also honored outstanding students who completed Schneider's educational and training courses including top graduates of NAAS Academy and Don Bosco. Best-performing instructors at the two institutions were also honored.

    During the event, Schneider Electric demonstrated a number of initiatives and programs it has sponsored to improve education in Egypt. These include the “Seeds of Hope” program, organized in cooperation with the Don Bosco Institute in Cairo and Alexandria. The program is aimed at enhancing vocational education and technical skills in the Egyptian market. Schneider also sponsored setting up two training laboratories at the faculties of engineering in Ain shams and Helwan universities. The labs are equipped with the latest measuring devices and energy management solutions provided by Schneider Electric.
    Schneider also sponsored the 'Egypt’s Professional Electrician' program in partnership with the National Academy for Science and Skills (NASS).

    The event also discussed Schneider’s Go Green in the City, an annual global challenge for business and engineering bachelor, Master’s and MBA students that is aimed at promoting innovative energy management ideas for smart cities. Contestants are required to submit a case study illustrating their ideas for innovative energy management solutions in cities for one of the four basic Schneider business challenge topics: strategy & technology, cooling solution energy efficiency, energy storage & efficiency, integrated urban energy systems, or focus on any unique idea for going green.

    "We are proud of our ongoing cooperation with public and private Egyptian universities to train and groom a new generation of Egyptian engineers. We work together with Faculty of Engineering in Ain Shams University, Helwan University, and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport and Future University, among others,” said Hany Shaltout, Director of Solutions Development and Customer Training, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa.

    Saif Eldemerdash, Senior Channel Marketing Manager of Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa, says Egyptian technician always have a great hunger for learning and development.

    "Schneider Electric's market studies show that despite the extensive hands-on experience Egyptian electrical technicians have, they are constantly willing to learn further and develop their skills through academic; theoretical and practical training which most of them had not previously have access to," Eldemerdash said.

    "Schneider Electric has developed a wide range of training programs and created a number of training labs to contribute to improving the skills of the Egyptian technicians and upgrading their level of professional performance," he added.

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