President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has called for strict commitment to the application of all health precautionary measures during school and university exams which kicked off on Saturday, stressing that abidance by such measures is required for the safety of students.
The president’s remarks came during his meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Presidency Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi said.
During the meeting, the president followed up on the resumption of the academic year at universities and the regularity of the examination process in various universities nationwide.
He then reviewed the executive position of the digital transformation and automation system in public universities, calling for speeding up the completion of the information infrastructure to convert public universities into smart academic institutions and developing educational and research services in all curricula in these universities.
Meanwhile, President Sisi urged the provision of all capabilities and equipment necessary for university hospitals to ensure their permanent readiness to deal with the developments of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also reviewed developments related to the automation of those hospitals as part of the national project for information infrastructure of government universities.
The president also followed up on a study for establishing the Egyptian Genome Centre which aims to prepare a map of the Egyptian human genome to discover and accurately identify the genetic characteristics of various diseases.
That would pave the way for entering the era of personalised medicine, gene therapy and the future manufacturing of drugs based on genetic combinations, the president said.
In a presentation he gave during the meeting, Higher Education Minister Abdel Ghaffar outlined the current and future projects in public universities, stating that there 425 such projects to be implemented in 27 governmental universities nationwide at a cost of nearly LE35 billion. The projects cover a wide range of educational, service, production and treatment fields.
Minister Abdel Ghaffar also sketched out the executive plan for projects to be carried out by research centres and institutes, adding that the plan involves the launching of 79 projects at a cost of nearly three billion Egyptian pounds.