Al-Nahda University, in cooperation with Cairo University, organized a conference entitled “Egypt Future Opportunities and Challenges – Climate Change Egypt 2022”, on May 21, 2022, for a period of 3 days, at Al-Nahda University in Beni Suef, under the auspices of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Dr. Mohamed Othman Elkhosht – President of Cairo University, and Dr. Hossam El-Mallahi – President of Al-Nahda University.
The conference comes within the framework of the two universities’ interest in the climate issue, and their contribution to the implementation of the Climate Change Strategy 2050, which focuses on promoting scientific research, knowledge management and technology transfer to mitigate the effects of climate change.
About 100 male and female students from Cairo and Al-Nahda Universities participated in the conference, and during its three days it included familiarization meetings, sessions, lectures, and competitions, in addition to field visits to various landmarks of Upper Egypt.
The opening session of the conference was held in the presence of Dr. Mohamed Hani Ghoneim – Governor of Beni Suef, Dr. Mohamed Othman Elkhosht – President of Cairo University, Dr. Hossam Al-Mallahi – President of Al-Nahda University and a member of the Senate, Engineer Mohamed Al-Rashidi – Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Al-Nahda University, and a group of distinguished academic figures from the two universities.
The events began with a film about Al-Nahda University. A video on climate change. This was followed by a speech by representatives of Al-Nahda University and Cairo University students, during which they explained that they are an important part of the nation’s equipment, and that this meeting is a real opportunity for dialogue, consultation and solidarity for construction and development.
In his speech, Dr. Mohamed Hani Ghoneim, Governor of Beni Suef, commended the idea and interest in raising students’ awareness of local and global issues, and expressed his warm welcome to the students of Cairo University, Beacon of Science and Enlightenment headed by Dr. Mohamed Othman Elkhosht.
In his speech, the Governor of Beni Suef addressed climate change, And the role of the state, which realized the importance of this and began preparing for the COP27 conference, in the belief of the Egyptian state in the importance of confronting climate change, which was previously an unforeseen problem, but is now a problem that everyone is experiencing. The evidence for this is what the governorate of Beni Suef has experienced in recent years, and the heavy rain and torrential rain that it has experienced after it was one of the dry governorates with little rain.
This made Beni Suef governorate exploit these conditions, especially after the March 2020 torrential rains, which were estimated at 32 million cubic meters of rainwater, bearing in mind that the outlet’s absorptive capacity does not exceed 12-15 million only.
Where the governorate developed the Senour area and made a number of lakes in cooperation with the Ministry of Irrigation to collect rainwater and benefit from it, where the stored water will be used in the greenhouse projects in Beni Suef, which was announced by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Eng. Mohamed Al-Rashidi expressed his sincere thanks to the Governor of Beni Suef for his permanent support for Al-Nahda University, and his support for it in all its activities and events. He also thanked Dr. Hossam Al-Mallahi, President of the University, describing him as the real reason for the renaissance at the University and the distinguished contributions in the governorate, and stressed the importance of Egypt’s participation in COP27 activities, even if Egypt is not one of the most affected.
He expressed his happiness that ideas and research are the result of the work of the students of the two universities, and expressed his hope that the meeting of Cairo University and Al-Nahda University would be a start and an example for all Egyptian public and private universities to hold such fruitful meetings, for dialogue and discussion on various issues.
Hossam Al-Mallahi, President of Al-Nahda University, stressed that Cairo University is the beacon for the entire Arab region. Al-Mallahi also stressed that the conference’s message is that young people soon must lead all files, as they are the worthiest of these issues. He sent a message to them not to be afraid and to be sure that they are in safe hands, as Egypt throughout history has experienced many failures, but it rose again and became stronger.
Al-Mallahi thanked Eng. Muhammad Al-Rashidi for the support and assistance for the advancement of Al-Nahda University, and praised the achievements made under the leadership of Dr. Muhammad Hani Ghoneim.
Dr. Mohamed Othman Elkhosht, President of Cairo University, pointed out that the Climate Change Conference came out of the heart of the event and at the heart of the global crisis that many are unaware of, and which directly affects the planet. He stressed that the political leadership’s awareness of the importance of climate change, and Egypt’s prominent presence in the last Glasgow Conference, which entailed the states participating in this agreement granting confidence to Egypt to hold the next international conference, all of this reflects Egypt’s position and the global confidence it has reached.
The President of Cairo University expressed his happiness that the students from the two universities assumed the responsibility of such an important conference. And that such conferences train students in scientific research, discussion and dialogue, and that the two universities create a student for the future, a student with awareness, thinking and awareness of the dimensions of various global issues. With awareness and awareness, we can transcend ourselves and our country, just as we have overcome many crises.
Al-Khasht concluded his speech by thanking and congratulating the Governor of Beni Suef for the size of the achievements that have been made in the governorate, stressing that he is confident that with the will and desire to develop, there is still much waiting for the promising Beni Suef governorate.
I also commend Al-Nahda University as a leading educational institution in Upper Egypt, always striving to achieve more academic excellence by entering into partnerships and agreements with major international universities such as the Vienna Medical Convention and American Northern Kentucky.
The conference activities concluded with the exchange of shields between the two universities and the gift of the shield of Cairo University to Dr. Mohamed Hani Ghoneim – Governor of Beni Suef.