The Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has signed two agreements with the Universities of Ain Shams and al-Mansoura for co-operation in applied research projects.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdul Ghaffar, Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Amr Talaat, Presidents of Ain Shams University Mahmoud el-Metini and President of al-Mansoura University Ashraf Abdul Baset attended the virtual signing ceremony, a joint statement by the two ministries said.
The two agreements will facilitate technical co-operation and expertise exchange between innovation centres at the ministry and the two universities to develop solutions using the latest CIT technology.
Co-operation will begin with a joint applied research project to serve diabetes patients to devise a system for the early discovery of the diabetic retinopathy, using digital mechanisms and artificial intelligence.
After the signing ceremony, Abdul Ghaffar said the move was important for the development of innovative solutions to challenges facing Egyptian society in health care.
He also lauded the fruitful co-operation with the MCIT in digitisation and advanced technological applications.
The Applied Innovation Centre (AIC) was established to explore and promote the use of emerging Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in analysing and solving national challenges, while developing human capital and creating an environment for innovative enterprises to form and succeed.
It aims to use the most appropriate technologies to develop and pilot innovative solutions for key national challenges. AIC projects are expected to culminate into pilot deployments to further investigate and solve various usage and scalability aspects.