Working Group Meeting

Making Graduates in Egypt, Libya and Palestine Ready for the Job Market

Workshop & Practical Training

Many Arab countries have to deal with discrepancies between the educational output and the actual needs of their labour markets. Introducing capacity-building trainings for newly graduates is one approach to bridge this gap, improve their skills and increase their marketability for industry or academia. 

This is the aim of the project by the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education: After the great success in 2021 with three local training hubs in Egypt and Palestine, AGYA members Dr. Lobna Said, Prof. Dr. Shadi Albarqouni, Dr. Ali Elgayar and Dr. Mohammad Adm are delighted to continue this fruitful format and invite fresh graduates from Egypt, Palestine – and this year also Libya – to participate in this practical training. 

The planned events have a hybrid character: an online workshop with input sessions and panel discussions about the enhancement of marketability, research and entrepreneurial skills is followed by an intensive on-site training course in local hubs in Egypt, Libya and Palestine, where participants can practise interview situations and exchange experiences with their peers. The expertise of high-ranking trainers is combined with the AGYA members’ experience from several academic fields and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The following topics will be tackled:

  • Successful transition from student life to academic and professional life
  • Improvement of marketability skills
  • Establishment of networks across countries and disciplines

Connecting local hubs in Cairo, Hebron, Gaza and Benghazi 

This year, not only more graduates will get the chance to participate in the trainings but also the geographical scope has been expanded, now also covering Libya. Empowering graduates and equipping them with essential job market skills is of high importance in a conflict-prone country like Libya, whose higher education system suffers from insufficient support and brain drain.
The on-site training courses in Egypt, Libya and Palestine are therefore tailored to the specific needs of each countries labour market to match the graduates’ skills with the local demands.

Though living in neighboring Arab countries, there are hardly any chances for graduates to meet their peers. By overcoming travel restrictions, the online workshop provides a great opportunity to connect graduates from various Arab countries and offers a platform for interregional exchange and for developing sustainable networks. 

This is a follow-up project of "Improving Job Market Skills of Graduates". 

The following talks and panel discussions will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the project's cooperation partner @NileUniversity.

All talks will be held in Arabic. 

Saturday, 24 September 2022
11:00 - 12:30 (GMT+2)

Welcome and Opening

Dr. Ali Elgayar, AGYA member, University of Benghazi, Libya
Dr. Lobna A. Said, AGYA member, Nile University, Egypt
Dr. Mohammad Adm, AGYA member, Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine
Prof. Dr. Shadi Albarqouni, AGYA member, University of Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez, AGYA Co-President, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

14:30 - 15:15 (GMT+2)

Acing Scholarship Applications: Lessons Learned From 10 Years at Egypt Scholars

Dr. Ahmed Mady, Egypt Scholars Inc., Egypt

Sunday, 25 September 2022
10:00 - 10:45 (GMT+2)

The Ten Commandments for a Successful Career

Prof. Hesham Omran, Ain Shams University and Master Micro LLC, Egypt

11:00 - 12:30 (GMT+2)

Panel Discussion:
Crafting Your Career Path Into the Industry

Dr. Neveen Abdelkader, University Relations and Digital Factory, Valeo, Egypt
Dr. Mohamed Kholief, ASRT Council for Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Moderated by Prof. Ahmed Madian, NISC Research Center, Nile University, Egypt

14:00 - 14:30 (GMT+2)

Pave your Way: SI Scholarship and Working in Sweden

Eng. Mahmoud Hanafy, Volvo Cars, Sweden

Monday, 26 September 2022
11:45 - 12:45 (GMT+2)

10 Types of Innovation

Eng. Mohamed Elkatatny, TIEC Innovation, Egypt

13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+2)

Beyond Academia: Design your Career

Dr. Eng. Ramzy Abdelaziz, Aalto University, Finland

A participant

Business and Technology Incubator (BTI), Gaza

Disciplines Involved
Education, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Sciences
Cooperation Partners
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Egypt
Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), Palestine
Nile University (NU), Egypt
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU), Palestine
University of Benghazi, Libya
Nile University (NU), Giza, Egypt
Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), Gaza City Palestine
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU), Hebron, Palestine
University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
Project Title
Practical Training on Academic and Professional Skills for Entry into the Labor Market Phase 2
Funding Scheme
Working Group Meeting
Working Group
Arab and German Education
Countries Involved
Egypt, Palestine, Libya, Germany