July 26, 2021
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Education is one of the societal pillars of all nations, and most developing countries are interested in human development based on reforming and improving their educational training systems. Arabic countries, and Egypt in particular, have placed education at the top of their 21st Century goals to support and develop education as it provides a means of upward mobility, social change, and a way to face the challenges of globalization. Highlighted in Egypt’s Vision 2030, the government allocated huge financial budgets for education. Egypt faces many water challenges as one of the most arid countries in the world. Most of its land is desert, and the Nile river represents 95% of the nation’s currently accessible water supply. Today, the current Water Program curriculum at Egyptian universities does not provide the essential requirements to equip Water program graduates with the skills to solve Egypt’s current and future water needs. Consequently, many Water Program graduates in Egypt are underemployed. To adequately solve this problem, Water Programs must evolve, and universities should look at not only what is being taught, but also how it is being taught. To address this, and as part of a USAID funded “Center of Excellence in Water” Project, Water Programs that meet the needs of industry and the public sector in Egypt are being transformed. This paper highlights the undergraduate level courses that Water Program graduates need based on the demands of Egypt’s water issues. Seventeen undergraduate courses were identified by academia, industry, and the public sector using two online questionnaires, which were distributed to academic instructors and administrators in Water Programs in Egyptian Partner Universities, and to industry and public sector companies throughout Egypt. Results of the questionnaires show that the essential courses identified by industry and public sector companies differ from those identified by academia, and highlights the gap between industry and academia. Currently, the 17 courses are in the process of development by Water content experts from Egypt and the US, and the results of course development will be implemented at the Egyptian partner institutions in the coming years.
Al Mestiraihi, M., & Becker, K. H., & Dupont, R. R., & Stevens, D. K. (2021, July), Developing Undergraduate Water Program Courses: Meeting the Needs of the Egyptian Workforce Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36946
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