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Promoting Equality at Egyptian Universities

Six-day Conference at Freie Universität

№ 168/2012 from Jun 19, 2012

A six-day conference for representatives of the Egyptian government and universities along with representatives from Freie Universität started with a reception in the Office of the President of Freie Universität on Tuesday afternoon. The talks and meetings will continue through Saturday. The main goal is to initiate a dialogue on gender equality at Egyptian universities. The "Gender Egypt" conference is part of a project at Freie Universität in support of Egypt’s transition process. It is initially being funded for two years by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

There will be an opportunity for media representatives to conduct  interviews with the participants.

During their stay in Berlin the delegates from Egypt will pay a visit to the Berlin Town Hall, where they will meet with the Berlin Senator for Education, Youth, and Science, Sandra Scheeres, and the Senator for Integration, Labor, and Women’s Issues, Dilek Kolat. They also anticipate meeting with the Cultural Counselor Prof. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty and the cultural attaché Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shahin from the Egyptian Embassy in Germany.

The six-day conference, organized for sharing experiences and knowledge, is part of the project "Gender Equality in the Egyptian Higher Education System" that aims to contribute to the transformation process at Egyptian universities over the medium and long term. The scholars from Freie Universität and the Egyptian partner universities plan to network with each other, mutually qualify university staff to improve university governance structures, and to establish international partnerships. The project is being headed by Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt, a vice president at Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg, the program director of the Center for the Promotion of Women's and Gender Studies.

Further Information

Dr. Barbara Sandow, Project Coordinator, Gender Equality in the Egyptian Higher Education System, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-51080, Email: barbara.sandow@fu-berlin.de