In June 2012 the Egyptian project teams started to establish Equal Opportunity Centers at their universities. The centers mainly aim at supporting all university members in achieving work-life balance and in career development. This includes counseling of young researchers and graduates, offering soft skills courses, and promoting a family friendly environment at the university.
The Egyptian partners drafted indivdual proposals on measures required at their universities. The dialogue between the Egyptian and German project members creates synergies, while at the same time taking regional differences into consideration.
At South Valley University in Qena and at Sohag University, the Equal Opportunity Centers have recently started its work. Young female scientists already consult the center when facing problems related to equal opportunity issues. Furthermore, the centers organized trainings for young scientists and a Girls' Day, an open day at the university for school girls, took place at South Valley University.
The Universities of Alexandria, and Cairo are currently working on the establishment of similar offices which will start their work within the coming months. Meanwhile, all partner universities also aim at improving the availability of child care facilities on or close to the university campus.