Tandem Project

Improving Job Market Skills of Graduates

Workshop & Training

In Egypt and its neighbouring countries, a mismatch between educational output and training requirements of the labour market has been a significant constraint on economic development. Pre-employment skills are essential to prepare newly graduated students for the job market in the industry as well as academia.

AGYA members Dr. Lobna Said, Dr. Mohamed Abou El-Enein, Dr. Shadi Albarqouni and Dr. Mohammad Adm want to bridge this gap and offer training courses for students to improve their labour market skills. At the same time, the AGYA members aim to ignite a debate on the further development of the university’s curricula which must be adapted to the new requirements of the international labour market for more sustainable development.

After a widespread call for participation, 74 participants were selected from over 460 applications to participate in the online workshop. They have diverse disciplinary backgrounds and come from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, and Nigeria.

The events had a hybrid character: an online workshop with input sessions about the enhancement of marketability, research and entrepreneurial skills was combined with hands-on training courses that took place simultaneously in Cairo, Gaza City and Hebron. 

In the intensive on-site training course in Egypt and Palestine, participants among other things practiced interview situations. The expertise of high-ranking trainers was combined with the AGYA members’ experience from several academic fields and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Watch the Streamed Input-Talks of the Online-Training here:

Sunday, 19 September 2021
01:00 – 02:00 pm CET+1   

"How to Climb a Mountain" by Ayman Rashed, Managing Director at IT-Blocks & Former Founder/Manager at Otlob.com, Egypt

Chair: Dr. Ikram Hili, AGYA member, University of Sousse, Tunisia

Monday, 20 September 2021
10:00 – 10:30 am CET+1   

"What's Next?" by Omar El Barbary, CEO & Founder at OBM Education, Egypt

Chair: Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Monem, EYAS member, Minia University, Egypt

10:30 – 11:30 am CET+1   

"Required Skills for Academic Success" by Dr. Ramzy Abd Elaziz, Staff Scientist, Nanomicroscopy Center, Aalto University, Finland

Chair: Dr. Irene Samy, EYAS member, Nile University, Egypt

03:30 – 04:10 pm CET+1   

"How to Make Your Own Success Story" by Mohamed Abd Elkodous, PhD Candidate/Researcher at Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan

Chair: Dr. Nour Attia, EYAS member, National Institute of Standard, Egypt

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
10:00 – 11:00 am CET+1   

"The Ten Commandments for a Successful Career" by Dr. Hesham Omran, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Chair: Dr. Nadia Bahra, AGYA member, University of Constantine 2, Algeria

01:00 – 03:00 pm CET+1   

Panel Discussion: "Crafting Your Career Path into the Industry"

Dr. Amr Wassal, Senior Vice President of VLSI, Systems and Software at Goodix, Egypt

Dr. Amjad Abu-Jbara, Principal Applied Science Manager at Amazon Inc., USA

Mohamed Amin, Careers Subcommittee Chair, IEEE Region8, Egypt

Dr. Alaa Khamis, AI & Smart Mobility Technical Leader at General Motors, Canada

Moderator: Prof. Ahmed Median, Director of Nano-Electronics Integrated System Research Center (NISC) Nile University, Egypt

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
11:00 – 12:00 am CET+1   

"Entrepreneurship from Zero to Launch" by Ahmed Dahe, Branch Manager - TIEC Assiut, Innovation Management & IP Consultant,Technology Transfer Office Manager, Nile University, Egypt

Chair: Dr. Hoda Elkhenany, EYAS member, Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt

01:00 – 02:30 pm CET+1   

Panel Discussion: "Understanding Entrepreneurship & StartUps' Roadmap"

Aly Abdlbaky / Hazem Hassanein / Hamdy Abdelgawa, Metropolymer, Egypt

Taha Gad / Mohamed Abdelreheem / Mahmoud El Shazli, Mozfibre, Egypt

Mohamed Gamal (CEO), NEQABTY, Egypt

Omar Ghanem / Mahmoud Shehata / Sherif Hatem, Square Corner, Egypt


Ahmed Dahe, Branch Manager - TIEC Assiut, Innovation management & IP consultant, Technology Transfer Office Manager, Nile University, Egypt

Mohamed Abbas, Heading the Incubation Program, NilePreneurs Initiative, Nile University, Egypt

Press Coverage (in Arabic/في اللغة العربية):
Gomhuria Online READ MORE
Al Akhbar Al Masaey READ MORE

Disciplines Involved
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Computer Sciences
Cooperation Partners
Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Egypt
Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), Palestine
Nile University (NU), Egypt
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU), Palestine
Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Cairo
Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), Gaza City
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU), Hebron
Project Title
Development of Graduate's Employability Competencies: Towards Capacity Building for Young Scholars
Funding Scheme
Tandem Project
Countries Involved
Germany, Egypt, Palestine

Training: Improving Job Market Skills of Graduates

Watch the highlights of the AGYA training in Cairo, Hebron and Gaza!

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