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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Final National Seminar of TEMPUS- FORMDER in Egypt
Achievements of the Project Activities
The EGYPTIAN Team
February 15th, 2008
Distances E-communication Lab (1),(2).
Training of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff.
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
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.
Distances E-communication Lab (1),(2)
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.
Technical possibilities available in the lab
The following are photographs of the lab
Mobility of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff
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.
The objective from training of students will be different from that of the young teacher.
Time and Duration of the Training
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.
Criteria of selection of students for
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.
Selection of Students for Mobility
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
The following procedures have been implemented under the supervision of Tempus work team in Egypt, financially supported from Tempus;
International health insurance to the participants.
visas from the Greek Consulate.
Orientation of students before travel
Orientation of the objectives and procedures of the mobility program with general coordinator in Egypt before travel
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.
Activities achieved during the training period in Volos
An overview about Rural development in Greece and participatory approach.
Introduction to GIS.
GIS software : ArcMap.
Remote sensing applications.
Remote sensing software Erdas Imagine.
Methodology and technique, Statistical tools.
The academic activities achieved during
the training period
A Lecture during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece
Social photo in Volos, Greece
Practical training during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece
Practical support by Greek instructor within the training
Discussions after class in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece
Instructions during the lab. Work in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece
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
Feedback of implementation of mobility program with Cairo univ.Staff and FORMDER Gen. Coordinator at home
Orientation of mobility program in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece
Delivery of the certificates of training in Volos, Greece at home in Faculty of agric., Cairo univ.
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).
First lecture by videoconference in lab (1) Nov. 2005
Third lecture by videoconference in lab (1) in 2006
Last lecture by videoconference in lab (2) Nov. 2007
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
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”.
Posters of FORMDER-Egypt in the NTO annual dissemination days
Taking part in the dissemination activities of national TEMPUS office in Cairo.
Posters for dissemination about FORMDER activities
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
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)
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.
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).