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Exploring International Cooperation

Cairo, Egypt | February 13, 2024

Exploring International Cooperation in the Knowledge Economy: Insights from a Discussion with the Netherlands Ambassador to Egypt and Egypt's Minister of Higher Education

Elsevier was pleased to participate in the multinational discussion on elevating Egypt's academic landscape

Amsterdam, February 13, 2024 – Elsevier, the renowned Dutch company facilitating knowledge dissemination, proudly orchestrated a pivotal dialogue session between the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Ayman Ashour, and the Netherlands Ambassador to Cairo, Peter Mollema. This session delved into the transformative role of international collaboration in propelling research, innovation and sustainable development within Egypt.

Minister Ashour underscored the significance of international cooperation, particularly in vital sectors like agriculture, water and clean energy. He lauded the Netherlands' expertise in these domains, advocating for strengthened ties between Egyptian and Dutch academic institutions, research hubs and industries to catalyze knowledge exchange and foster innovation.

Acknowledging the Egyptian Knowledge Bank's (EKB) instrumental role in advancing scientific research and elevating university standings, Minister Ashour emphasized the imperative of sustained support for such initiatives. He also commended Elsevier for its partnership with EKB, facilitating access to premium research and data, thus augmenting the quality of research endeavors in Egypt.

Elsevier's Scientific Research Advisor in Egypt and North Africa, Mr. Mohamed Raed, shared a striking revelation during the session: Egypt has outstripped all African nations in scientific output since 2020, with over 200,000 research papers published and citations exceeding the global average by 38%. This remarkable feat underscores Egypt's unwavering commitment to fostering scientific research and innovation, backed by substantial investments in research infrastructure and international collaborations.

The presence of Dr. Yasser Refaat, Vice-Minister of Scientific Research Affairs, and representatives from 15 Egyptian universities underscores Egypt's steadfast dedication to international research partnerships. It reflects the nation's eagerness to harness international expertise to drive innovation and development.

By forging alliances with eminent entities like Elsevier and leveraging the expertise of countries like the Netherlands, Egypt aims to fortify its research capabilities and cultivate a robust knowledge economy. These collaborations promise to bolster Egypt's academic standing, stimulate innovation, and fuel economic diversification, ultimately fostering a more prosperous and equitable society.

In essence, Egypt's commitment to fostering a vibrant knowledge economy through international collaborations underscores its aspirations to emerge as a key player in the global arena. By harnessing the collective strengths of diverse stakeholders, Egypt is poised to unlock new opportunities and chart a path towards sustainable growth and development.

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About the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt is the governing body responsible for overseeing and advancing the nation's tertiary education and scientific research sectors. Committed to fostering excellence and innovation, its mission is to promote the development of a robust knowledge-based economy by enhancing academic standards, facilitating research endeavors, and fostering international collaborations. Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, the ministry endeavors to elevate Egypt's academic standing, drive innovation, and contribute to sustainable socioeconomic development.



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