21 October 2019 01:01 AM

President Sisi's Statement on Celebration of Science Day

Sunday، 18 August 2019 - 12:00 AM

In the Name of Allah

Egypt's Eminent Scientists,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Audience,

At the beginning, allow me, in my name and in the name of the great Egyptian people to salute the Egyptian scientists who deserve all the appreciation for their relentless and hard work to elevate their beloved homeland.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

No doubt that the Egyptian human being is the most precious wealth we have. History confirms this fact; despite all the misfortunes Egypt has faced, Egypt and the Egyptian civilization have remained inspirational. Thus, the "New Egypt" attaches maximum importance to building the Egyptian citizen on the health, science, and culture levels. Out of this concept, Declaring 2019 the "Year of Education” in Egypt came out of our belief that science and education are the pillars for the community's development. The state aims at stimulating the enlightened and thinking mind that follows science and knowledge and that possesses skills of understanding, application and analysis. Accordingly, we are seeking to upgrade the educational system to guarantee a good education, which is connected to the needs of the community and local and international labour market and which contributes to the graduation of generations that will be able to innovate and compete.

Dear Audience,

Paying due attention to education, scientific research, and innovation is still the state's top priority. Thus, it is important to meet creative and talented youths to listen to their ideas and problems to provide the best means for supporting them. This resulted in launching "towards a community that learns, thinks, and innovates" initiative, followed by launching the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, and revival of celebrating Science Day is a clear indication that the State pays science and scientists paramount importance.

The State has proceeded in implementing and serving its developmental vision. The budget dedicated to higher education and scientific research witnessed an increase. Besides, the state has adopted reformulating an ambitious, integrated and incentive legislative structure for scientific research and innovation. Moreover, new regional, international, private and technological universities have been established so as to provide appropriate educational opportunities for the new generations. The State also has supported the establishment of centres for scientific distinction and offices for technology transfer and localization.

Egypt's Eminent Scientists,

Dear Audience,

You may agree with me that we have no choice but to adopt science and technology to develop the nation and move to the future horizons. Thus, the state now ensures the distinction of the new universities in their educational programmes and curricula that cope with the present time. This will be achieved through developing the higher education system in accordance with the emerging technology, merging artificial intelligence and data sciences with curricula of the Egyptian universities in line with the latest international systems in terms of curricula and teaching methods, as well as providing laboratories and necessary equipment and keeping abreast of modern scientific developments in the emerging technological fields, such as nanotechnology and new and renewable energy, etc.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is time for the Egyptian economy to be based on science and knowledge and for Egypt to enjoy its resources thanks to the efforts and innovation of its youths and scientists.  The race of civilizations is one of the features of our contemporary world, which depends on culture, science and technology produced by peoples, and the giant economic growth associated with them. Actually, the challenges of our age is scientific and technological ones. In this age, competition, international participation and access to foreign markets, can only be achieved through science, technology and innovation.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that despite the difficulties and challenges we face in our march towards development, we are proceeding on the right track and that the achievements at various levels encourage us to exert more efforts to achieve progress and prosperity for our Egyptian society.

Thank You

May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings Be Upon You.

 

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