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Final National Seminar of TEMPUS- FORMDER in Egypt. Achievements of the Project Activities In Egypt By The EGYPTIAN Team. February 15 th , 2008 IAM, Montpellier. Project partners. Distances E-communication Lab (1),(2). Training of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff.

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Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Final National Seminar of TEMPUS- FORMDER in Egypt

Achievements of the Project Activities

In Egypt

By

The EGYPTIAN Team

February 15th, 2008

IAM, Montpellier


Contents

Project partners.

Distances E-communication Lab (1),(2).

Training of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff.

Video conferences.

Contents


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Project partners

  • The Mediterranean agronomic institute of Montpellier (IAM M), Montpellier, France (The project contractor )

  • Center for Rural Development Research and Studies (CRDRS), Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt (partner)

  • Urban Planning and Regional Development Dept.– Thessaly University, Volos, Greece (partner)

  • Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary-Hassan II- Rabat, Morocco (partner)


Partners approach to rural development

The Mediterranean agronomic institute of Montpellier (IAM M), Economic

Center for Rural Development Research and Studies (CRDRS), Sociological

Urban Planning and Regional Development Dept.– Regional Planning

Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary, Agricultural

Partners’ Approach to Rural Development


Inception of the project activities

Mutual field visits of the partners to the peer academic institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

Inception of the Project activities


First meetings in montpellier

First Meetings in Montpellier


Attending annual seminars by egyptian team

Attending annual seminars by Egyptian team


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Distances E-communication Lab (1),(2)


Labs establishment

Labs Establishment


Lab 1 during the establishment stage

Lab (1) during the establishment stage


Lab 1 during the establishment stage1

Lab(1) during the establishment stage


Lab 1 ready for use

Lab (1) Ready for use


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Purpose from the lab

Allow interactive communication between members of the Egyptian team (professors and graduate students) and all members of the other three teams above during the teaching program, which includes eight courses, participate equally between four scientific institutes, half will be developed under the current programmes of these institutions, and the other half be fully developed in order to serve the future development of those programmes.

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Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Technical possibilities available in the lab

  • 20 new PCs

  • Server PC for networking of the PCs in each lab

  • ADSL internet service

  • Audio visual aids (to allow Video Conference held between four teams.

The following are photographs of the lab

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Lab 2 ready for use

Lab (2) Ready for use


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Mobility of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff

  • Introduction

  • Objective

  • Time and Duration of the Training

  • Targeted groups

  • Criteria of selection of students for Mobility:

  • selection of students for Mobility

  • Preparation of students before traveling

  • During the training period

  • After the training period


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Introduction

The over all objective of exchange program from the Egyptian side is to expose the students to the new knowledge, educational methodologies, technologies and techniques in other courses prepared by other teams specially the ones in Volos, Thessaly University and IAMM in the context of FORMDER project. This is to let students understand how these aspects are applied and used in the area of rural development in other countries and their implications that could be transferred in the case of Egypt.

For the junior teacher this will help him for getting more details about how to adapt some of such techniques in the courses prepared by the Egyptian team.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

The Objectives

The objective from training of students will be different from that of the young teacher.

  • To recognize the general outline of other courses prepared in the context of the project that might help them whether in the development of their own careers or orienting them towards joining post graduate studies for enhancing their professional experience at higher level; post graduate diploma, M.Sc. or Ph.D levels.

  • Contacts and exposure of the students to the contents of other courses prepared by other institutes in the same discipline in other countries to help establishing new professional linkages among future young rural development practitioners and researchers between Egypt and the countries involved in FORMDER.

  • Mobilization of attention of students to the other learning potential opportunities in the same area in other FORMDER institutes.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Objectives (cont.)

  • For the young teacher it is expected that by the end of training he should get the main experience from the Greek team in utilizing the GIS and any other related and relevant techniques for application in the instruction of the courses pertaining to rural development.

  • New insights are expected from exposure of the young teacher to the experiences of the Greek and/or French teams.

  • The basic knowledge and experience he has in GIS will help him benefit fast from such training.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Objectives (cont.)

  • Mutual contacts and discussions among our students and the students of other institutes in Greece, France, and Morocco will provide an actual and real opportunity or the exchange of knowledge and experiences that will enhance the integrity of educational programs for our students. This will open up new prospects for our students in connection with their careers and self-learning in the future.

  • The experience of the Greek partners in preparation of their courses with intensive use of GIS applications is of special interest to be transferred in the case of Egypt in the evaluation and leadership courses.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Time and Duration of the Training

  • Two weeks (30 hours per week) started from 6/5/2007 till 20/5/2007


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Targeted groups

1- Undergraduate students in the final semester for graduation in the community Development Program (6 to 9 depending on their achievement in the last semester 2006/2007).

2- Graduate students studying the one year program of “Planning and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects” (3 to 5 depending on their achievement in the last semester 2006/2007).

3- One young teacher with special skills in the use of micro-computing techniques.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Criteria of selection of students for

Mobility

The following criteria were approved by the Department of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension Council for selection of the students eligible for mobility through the FORMDER project;

1- Average ‘B’ in the Social science related courses attended last semester,

2- Good command of English or French language,

3- Students registered for graduation in the last semester in their concerned program whether Egyptians or foreigners (3 Somalis).

The same conditions were applied for the students registered in the Diploma of Planning and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Selection of Students for Mobility

  • The application of the above criteria for the nomination of the number of 11 participants was as follows:

  • 2 of the Diploma students.

  • 8 of undergraduate students from community development major.

  • A young staff member to participate in training and supervision of students.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Academic preparation:

A workshop was held to exchange personal experiences regarding the use of computers in the following areas: -

 1 - the MS Excel

2 – GIS application & software: Arcview &ArcMap

Attend a lecture on the GIS in Faculty GIS Laboratory

Preparation of students before travel


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Administrative preparation

The following procedures have been implemented under the supervision of Tempus work team in Egypt, financially supported from Tempus;

Mail Group.

International health insurance to the participants.

visas from the Greek Consulate.

booking tickets.

Orientation of students before travel


1 orientation

1-Orientation

Orientation of the objectives and procedures of the mobility program with general coordinator in Egypt before travel


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Administrative arrangements

The following procedures were implemented under the supervision of Tempus team in Greece, financially supported from Tempus;

Transportation from the airport to the hotel and return.

Accommodation in a hotel near the University of Thessaly.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Activities achieved during the training period in Volos


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Training program

An overview about Rural development in Greece and participatory approach.

Introduction to GIS.

GIS applications.

GIS software : ArcMap.

Remote sensing applications.

Remote sensing software Erdas Imagine.

Methodology and technique, Statistical tools.

The academic activities achieved during

the training period


Mobility

Mobility

1-orientation

2-Volos

3-feedback


1 orientation1

1-Orientation

A Lecture during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


2 volos

2-volos

Social photo in Volos, Greece


2 volos1

2-volos

Practical training during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


2 volos2

2-volos

Practical support by Greek instructor within the training


2 volos3

2-volos

Discussions after class in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


2 volos4

2-volos

Instructions during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Several meetings were held in CRDRS to:

Discuss Learning lessons.

Evaluate the impacts of training.

Distribute certificates in the presence of the Dean, Vice- Dean & Dr Tahani.

After the training


3 feedback

3-feedback

Feedback of implementation of mobility program with Cairo univ.Staff and FORMDER Gen. Coordinator at home


3 feedback1

3-feedback

Orientation of mobility program in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


3 feedback2

3-feedback

Delivery of the certificates of training in Volos, Greece at home in Faculty of agric., Cairo univ.


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Video conferences


Video conferences

Many video conference sessions were held among the four partners participating in FORMDER to:

- Deliver 4 lectures about the 4 updated courses in activity 2.

- Have several life discussions about the managerial aspects of the project.

Six M.Sc. theses undertaken under supervision of joint committees of staff from both the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt and Al-Azhar University in Gaza Strip, Palestine were discussed through videoconferences sessions held in the e-communication labs (1) and (2).

Video conferences


Video conferences cont

video conferences (cont.)

First lecture by videoconference in lab (1) Nov. 2005


Video conferences cont1

Third lecture by videoconference in lab (1) in 2006

video conferences (cont.)


Video conferences cont2

video conferences (cont.)

Last lecture by videoconference in lab (2) Nov. 2007


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Extended functioning of the E-communication labs’ facilities in supporting academic and society service activities


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Utilization of E-communication lab (2) facilities in providing services to society (training of rural development professionals)


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Extended functioning of the E-communication lab (2) facilities in supporting academic activities of the faculty at international level (distance defense of joint supervised M.Sc. Theses between Faculty of Agriculture staff and Al-Azhar University in Gaza strip)

Six sessions have been organized for this purpose so far


Extra utilization of the micro computing facilities of the two e communication labs

The micro-computing facilities of the two e-communication labs are used frequently in the applied courses in statistics and micro-computing applications for the under-graduate specialized in English section of community development and the graduate students in the diploma of “planning and evaluation of rural development projects”.

Extra Utilization of the micro-computing facilities of the two e-communication labs


Contributing in international meeting

Contributing in international meeting


The four teams in the 2nd meeting in iam montpellier 2005

The four teams in the 2nd meeting in IAM, Montpellier 2005


Dissemination activities

Dissemination activities


Contribution of the egyptian team in national tempus office annual events

Contribution of the Egyptian team in National TEMPUS Office Annual events


Contribution of the team in national tempus office annual events cont

Contribution of the team in National TEMPUS Office Annual events (cont.)

Posters of FORMDER-Egypt in the NTO annual dissemination days

Taking part in the dissemination activities of national TEMPUS office in Cairo.


Contribution of the team in national tempus office annual events cont1

Contribution of the team in National TEMPUS Office Annual events (cont.)


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Posters for dissemination about FORMDER activities


English and arabic brochures about formder activities diploma

English and Arabic brochures about FORMDER activities (diploma)


Contribution to the consortium joint website data base of rural development

Administrative structure of local and rural communities in Egypt

Institutional framework of rural development in Egypt

History of rural development in Egypt

Main projects of rural development in Egypt

Organizations concerned with rural development in Egypt

Contribution to the consortium joint website data base of rural development


Establishment of specialized library and software in rural development related topics

Establishment of specialized library and software in rural development related topics

  • More than 36 books and reports have been purchased in topics related to the area of Rural Development from the Formder budget.

  • Certified Software for advanced statistical analysis (SPSS) is provided to CRDRS through the Formder budget.


Additional output of formder

Mobilization of the one year Diploma of “Planning and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects” for the first time in the academic year 2006/2007 with support from the FORMDER project that continued for the current year.

Attracting more students to join the rural sociology related specializations at both the under-graduate English section and graduate (diploma and M.Sc programs of rural Sociology)

Attracting more foreign students to join the social science specializations at both the under-graduate English section and graduate (diploma and M.Sc programs of rural Sociology)

Additional output of FORMDER


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Immediate use of the prepared educational materials in teaching new and recent resources in the 2nd semester 2008


Organizing the final national seminar of formder project in egypt 14 1 2008

Representative staff members of the faculties of agriculture in 9 universities, one higher education institute, one research center and a rural development authority were invited to the workshop in addition to CRDRS staff and graduates of the Community development and diploma programs.

Three presentations were delivered about all activities of FORMDER project in Egypt and the two courses prepared by the Egyptian team.

An intensive discussion followed the presentation of the two courses and inspired higher interest among the attendees to be involved in future activities similar to what have been achieved in the context of FORMDER.

The attendees of the workshop asked for access to the FORMDER. products in both soft and hard formats.

Organizing the final national seminar of FORMDER project in Egypt 14/1/2008


Photos of the activities in the last national workshop of formder in egypt

Photos of the activities in the last national workshop of FORMDER in Egypt


Achievements of the project activities in egypt by the egyptian team

Following up prepared material in Arabic and French,

Contracting with the translators for both direction from Arabic to French and vise versa,

Review and correction of the translated parts into Arabic (4 books),

Contracting with the printing house,

Review and correction of the transferred Arabic text (4 books) from Windows to apple publishing version,

Final review of the printed materials (6 books).

Supervising all the translation and editing processes of prepared educational materials until printing all the 6 books in Arabic


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