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Merging practical training and theoretical curricula with the help of Schneider Electric labs, to develop skills of Egyptian engineering students
- Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, recently announced the opening of two new labs dedicated to training students on energy applications at the faculties of engineering at both Ain Shams and Helwan Universities. The company has equipped both labs with the latest measurement, energy management and efficiency devices as they aim to merge practical training and theoretical engineering curricula to help develop students' skills. The labs offer a specific focus on safe, reliable and efficient energy applications, targeting the highest performance standard with less energy consumption for projects, production sites, power generation facilities and general consumption purposes.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Albert Fuchet, Country President, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa; Eng. Hany Shaltoot, Head of Engineering Solutions and Training, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa; and several members of Schneider Electric’s top management team. The ceremony was also attended by Professor Dr. Omar El Husseiny, the Head of Accredited Hours Program, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University; Professor Dr. Mahmoud A. El Hamid, Head of Energy Department at Accredited Hours Program, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University; Professor Dr. Azza Barkat, the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University; Professor Dr. Mohamed Rady, Deputy Deen, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University; and Professor Dr. Adel El Samahy, Head of Electrical Power and Machines Department, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University.
Equipped with Schneider Electric’s latest technologies and solutions, both labs are the first-of-a-kind at Egyptian public universities. The initiative falls within the company's efforts to take Egyptian engineering education to the next level. Continuing their efforts, every year Schneider Electric will select one Egyptian public university in which to establish a new Schneider Electric lab to help better prepare future engineers for the increasingly competitive and demanding labor market.
Schneider Electric has launched similar initiatives targeting the skills development of engineering students, including, but not limited to an annual competition to select the best five graduation projects and provide qualified students with the required equipment to execute their projects. In addition, the company launched the Schneider Electric Energy University Competition, offering 60 engineering students with the highest scores access to intensive summer training courses at Schneider Electric Excellence Centers in Egypt.
“The Egyptian market has great potential and its engineering students are a key component to unlocking that potential. We believe that Egyptian engineering students enjoy the highest standards of professionalism when they receive quality training. That’s why Schneider Electric invests in Egyptian youth through a wide range of initiatives and programs,” said Mr. Albert Fuchet, Country President, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa. “Schneider Electric has a wealth of qualified engineers with a strong dedication to their work. We’re determined to prepare the next generation of Egyptian electrical power engineers, who will take Egypt into a bright new future as we’re on the cusp of a new phase of economic development across all fields. We are proud of our cooperation with the Egyptian governmental universities and our ongoing commitment to the Egyptian community. Schneider Electric looks forward to expanding our university lab initiative to one new Egyptian governmental university every year for the foreseeable future.”
Schneider Electric labs help familiarize students with the latest technologies, products, services and applications in energy, while acquiring new practical skills that enable them to compete in a real-life work environment, installation processes, and device utilization. This unique experience provides students with necessary competitive edge over their peers, who often completely rely on theoretical curricula. It is worth noting that more than 1600 students will benefit from the practical training at both labs every year (around 800 engineering students in each university), with graduates being granted practical training certificates to help them get new jobs after graduation.
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