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Exchange students hosted by Arizona State University to support Egypt in its energy transition goals

Arizona State University is hosting 17 students from Egypt through the Center of Excellence for Energy. Funded with the support of the American people through USAID, the center aims to support Egypt in reaching its target of 42% renewable energy by 2035. To do this, the center works closely with leadership and faculty at Egyptian partner universities, as well as leadership in governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the energy industry, to increase higher education capacity and promote innovation, competition, and modernization of Egypt’s energy sector. Interested in attending ASU on exchange from Egypt? Fall 2023 applications are now open!

To increase higher education capacity, the center works with stakeholders to assess and develop higher education curriculum and research laboratory facilities, teaching methods, and provide exchanges and trainings. This is the first cohort of students coming to Arizona State University. They are enrolled in technical courses that align with their fields of study as well as an entrepreneurship course to support research commercialization and innovation, and energy sector competition.

“The students have a unique opportunity to work with world-class professors in the energy engineering field. Not only will they be studying in their field of interest, but they will be conducting research under the guidance of faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories. The knowledge and hands-on experience they will gain as well as the exposure to international curricula will not only help further their career but will translate to building a highly skilled workforce in Egypt,” says Dr. Sayfe Kiaei, professor at Arizona State University School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering and executive director for the Center of Excellence for Energy.

The students are undergraduate and graduate level and are seeking degrees in programs including energy and renewable energy engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, sustainable architectural design, and more. For some it is their first-time leaving Egypt, and they are excited to immerse in a new culture.

Abdelrahman El-Sayed El-Badawy, one of the exchange students from Ain Shams University says he is excited to “meet new people, get to know about diverse cultures, and visit unfamiliar places” as well as meeting his professors and discovering ASU’s laboratory and technology resources.

Arizona State University has been operating the Center of Excellence for Energy since 2021 in conjunction with its Egyptian partner universities: Ain Shams University, Mansoura University, and Aswan University. The center expects to send about 30 more exchange students to study in Arizona in the fall of 2023.

The exchange application for fall of 2023 is now open with a deadline of March 4, 2023. For more information, visit Center of Excellence for Energy.

The Center of Excellence for Energy is funded by USAID with the support of the American people with a goal to help Egypt reach its target of 42% renewable energy by 2035 and position the country as a regional leader in clean energy. The center is operated by Arizona State University in partnership with three Egyptian universities: Ain Shams, Mansoura, and Aswan.