The Egypt-Japan Education Partnership (EJEP) Steering Committee held its sixth meeting on Sunday in the presence of government officials and representatives of the two countries.
From Egypt, the meeting was attended by: Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education and Technical Education who also moderated the discussions; Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Nevine El-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity; and Hany Helal, Secretary General of the Committee and former Minister of Higher Education.
The Japanese side was represented by the Japanese Ambassador to Egypt Noke Masaki, who was present alongside: Matsunaga Hideki, Director General of the Middle East and Europe Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), currently visiting in Egypt ; and Omura Yoshifumi, chief representative of the JICA office in Egypt.
During the meeting, the two parties reviewed the progress of various projects underway under the partnership, including: Egypt-Japan Schools (EJS); human resource development and scholarship programs in Japan; Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology (E-JUST); Technical Education; and early childhood development projects.
The two sides recognized the progress made and the strength of the partnership between Egypt and Japan in the field of education. This includes many successful models of cooperation and is privileged with the support of the highest political leadership.
The two sides agreed to make more efforts to achieve the goals of mutual cooperation, despite the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The EJEP was launched by the leaders of the two countries in 2016, and covers all stages of education in Egypt, contributing to continued government reforms in this important area.
The Steering Committee as well as the two Executive Committees of the EJEP, the EC1 and the EC2, were established by a Presidential Decree. They are convened periodically to execute decisions, approvals and review joint cooperation between Egypt and Japan.