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Egypt's Science Day

Monday، 07 August 2017 - 11:31 AM

After it has been stopped since 2014, the celebration of the Science Day returns in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday 6/8/2017, where a number of scientists who received the Nile and State appreciation awards in science and technology, top Thanaweya Amma students and university graduates were honored. The celebration came in line with the principle of the State's interest in science as one of the factors of the progress of any state.

The celebration dates back to the royal era in 1944, when King Farouk announced that Egypt would celebrate the Science Day on August 17, every year.

In the era of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1958, the date of Science Day was changed to December 21, the date of the opening of Cairo University in 1908, where Taha Hussein was the first one to be honored in the Year 1958, then Abbas Akkad in 1959 and then Tawfik Al Hakim in 1960.

On the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the celebration at the Grand Hall of the Cairo University, Abdel Nasser honored many of the geniuses in Egypt in all fields. The most famous of them were the poet Ahmed Rami, Dr. Hussein Fawzi, "Sindbad" in the arts, Dr. Mohamed Awad Mohamed in social sciences, Dr. Mohamed Kamel Hassan in Science, and Dr. Mohamed Naguib Hashad in Science.

The state's interest in the celebration of Science Day during the era of former President Hosni Mubarak remained until 2010, through the organization of the Scientific Research Academy, which honored and celebrated the scientists of the state.

Post the Revolution  of January 25th, the celebration has been stopped for two years and then returned during the era of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which set on April 11, and honored 37 scientists at the Cairo International Conference Center, including 28 of the winners of the State Prizes.

Former President Chancellor Adly Mansour revived the celebration on December 21 at the headquarter of the Presidency and honored scientists in the fields of science, arts and literature.

As he believes in the  role of science and scientists, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the celebration of the Science Day in December 2014, and honored 20 researchers as well as university professors, the first graduates of universities and 20 of top graduates of schools.

President Sisi announced the initiative, entitled "Towards building an Egyptian society that learns, thinks and innovates," is based primarily on the integration of the executive apparatus of the state and society recognizes the importance of adopting this national initiative aimed at developing the society's ability to produce, adaptation, marketing and using knowledge for sustainable economic growth and improving living standards, especially most of advanced economies in today's technology are truly knowledge-based.


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