President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received director of French national school Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) Patrick Gerard on Sunday - Press Photo
CAIRO – 18 February 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received director of French national school Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) Patrick Gerard, to discuss cooperation between the school and the Youth Academy to hone the skills of officials and enable them to advance their posts.
According to a statement from the spokesperson of the Presidency, Bassam Radi, on Sunday, the meeting is held in the presence of Minister of Planning Hala Al-Saeed and Acting Chief of the General Intelligence, as well as the French Ambassador in Cairo.
ENA is one of the most prestigious French and international institutions in the field of preparing officials and qualifying them to assume senior management positions.
In this context, Sisi stressed Egypt's aspiration to benefit from the experience of the French National School by establishing a full partnership with the Egyptian Academy of Youth to prepare cadres trained at the highest scientific level, so that the Egyptian Academy will become the main source for selecting leaders in the country according to the criteria of efficiency and equal opportunities.
“Egypt is looking forward to benefiting from a French experiment in training cadres through a partnership between the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) and Egypt's Youth Academy,” said Sisi.
For his part, Gerard was happy to visit Egypt and voiced willingness to boost bilateral cooperation in a way that would contribute to Egyptian prosperity, Radi noted, pointing out the importance of Egyptian-French cooperation in this field, which comes within the framework of distinguished relations and historical ties between the two countries.
He also praised the outstanding level of the Egyptian youth whom he met at the Egyptian Academy during his current visit, which confirms the success of the presidential programs for the rehabilitation of youth and the government cadres currently underway.
In the same context, on October 16, a new educational complex consisting of five Canadian universities has commenced construction in the New Administrative Capital under the supervision of the Canadian and Egyptian governments; it will begin receiving the first batch of Egyptian and foreign students by the end of 2018, according to Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.
On January 24, Abdel Ghaffar also considered signing a joint agreement with his British counterpart Sam Gyimah regarding the establishment of new international branches of British universities in Egypt, according to an official statement.
On November 2, Abdel Ghaffar announced during the International Education Conference held in the UK entitled, “Cross Boundary Education in Egypt and the Chances of Investment in Higher Education”, that the New Administrative Capital will include six international universities from the United States, Britain, Hungary, Canada, Sweden and France.