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December 3, 2018

Granting the 15th JICA President Award to Professor Hany Helal

On the occasion of the 18th Board of Trustee (BOT) meeting of Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) on December 3, 2018, JICA Senior Vice President, Ms. Noriko Suzuki, granted JICA President Award to Professor Hany Helal for his valuable contributions for strengthening the Egyptian Japanese cooperation.
JICA annually presents the JICA President Award to commend preeminent achievements of prominent persons and organizations to the socio-economic development in developing countries through JICA's international cooperation activities.

Prof Hany Helal, the Professor of Engineering at Cairo University and the former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has been committed to E-JUST since the conceptual stage and currently has been making a lot of contributions such as the bridging between the Egyptian side and the Japanese side and more contributions are expected now after becoming a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also the Secretary General of the Steering Committee of the Egypt-Japan Education Partnership (EJEP) that was launched by H.E. Mr. Abdel Fatah El Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan in 2016. Under this partnership, the cooperation in early childhood, basic, technical and higher education have been implemented.

Prof. Helal's expertise and dedicated work were essential factors for the smooth implementation of JICA's mutual projects with the government of Egypt such as the opening of 35 Egypt-Japan Schools this year to introduce the Japanese style education. He has been also contributing to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as one of the members of the Board of Directors of this iconic project that reflects the Egyptian and Japanese friendship. JICA acknowledges the highest appreciation and recognition for Prof. Helal's continuous contributions to JICA's important cooperation with the Egyptian government, especially in the fields of education and culture, by granting him this JICA President award on this important occasion.

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