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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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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


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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Attending annual seminars by egyptian team
Attending annual seminars by Egyptian team 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) institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Labs establishment
Labs Establishment institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Lab 1 during the establishment stage
Lab (1) during the establishment stage institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Lab 1 during the establishment stage1
Lab(1) during the establishment stage institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Lab 1 ready for use
Lab (1) Ready for use institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Purpose from the lab institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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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Technical possibilities available in the lab institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

  • 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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Mobility of Egyptian Students and the Young Staff institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

  • 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


Introduction institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.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.


Objectives (cont.) institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

  • 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.


Objectives (cont.) institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

  • 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.


Time and Duration of the Training institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


Targeted groups institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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.


Selection of Students for Mobility institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

  • 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.


Academic preparation: institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


Administrative preparation institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


Administrative arrangements institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


Training program institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development 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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

1-orientation

2-Volos

3-feedback


1 orientation1
1-Orientation institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


2 volos
2-volos institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

Social photo in Volos, Greece


2 volos1
2-volos institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


2 volos2
2-volos institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

Practical support by Greek instructor within the training


2 volos3
2-volos institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

Discussions after class in Thessally Univ.,Volos, Greece


2 volos4
2-volos institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


Several meetings were held in CRDRS to: institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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 institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


3 feedback1
3-feedback institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


3 feedback2
3-feedback institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.

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


Video conferences institutes and preparing reports about the educational systems in each institute for diagnosis of the potential curriculum development of the rural development program.


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.) partners participating in FORMDER to:

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


Video conferences cont1

Third lecture by videoconference in lab (1) in 2006 partners participating in FORMDER to:

video conferences (cont.)


Video conferences cont2
video conferences (cont.) partners participating in FORMDER to:

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


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


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


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 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”.


The four teams in the 2nd meeting in iam montpellier 2005
The four teams in the 2nd meeting in IAM, Montpellier 2005 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”.


Dissemination activities
Dissemination activities 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”.



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 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


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



Following up prepared material in Arabic and French, FORMDER in Egypt

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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