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The Faculties of Pharos University Race to Organize the Aid Convoys

After the student activities administration organized the first three convoys, the faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management organized the fourth aid convoy and the faculty of Financial and Administrative Sciences organized the fifth convoy. After that, the faculty of Legal Studies and International Relations participated in launching the sixth and seventh aid convoys that Pharos University organized during the holy month of Ramadan. The sixth convoy launched on Wednesday the 15th of May and headed to Tarik charity association in Mustafa Kamel, and then headed to Eleen Elgaria association in Elsyouf. The seventh aid convoy launched on Thursday the 16th of May and headed to Abu Masoud suburb in Amria. The both of two aid convoys distributed food products to the neediest families in this area. This was held under the supervision of Prof. Hamam Zahran- the Dean of the faculty of Legal Studies and International Relations, Mr. Abu Bakr- the Leader of the student activities in the faculty, a number of the students of the faculty of Legal Studies and International Relations went in this aid convoy and the supervisors of the student activities.

PUA Launches Aid Convoys

In the framework of aid convoys with the coordination of Mohamed Rageb charity organization Pharos University launched the second and third convoys during the holy month of Ramadan. The second and third aid convoys were sent consecutively. The second aid convoy was launched on Saturday 4/05/2019 and headed to Sidi Beshr. The third aid convoy was launched on Sunday 5/05/2019 and headed to Bahry area passing by Ras-El teen, El-Tork market and El-shamirly area. Food products were distributed to the needy families that the students made a survey about their social standards. In the framework of the aid convoy program for PUA that included the needy families in Alexandria. A large number of the students went in these convoys under the supervision of the Students’ Activities and the committees of the Community Services.

Charity Market

Dream Team organized a charity market in coordination with the students’ activities administration at the entrance foyer of the Humanities Social Studies building on Tuesday 23/04/2019. In the presence of Prof. Ramadan Abo Elellah- the Vice President for the community services and environment development, Dr. Hesham Elshimy- the Pioneer of the students’ activities, faculty staff, teaching assistants and a large number of the students.

Awareness Lecture at Forsan School

A team from faculty of Engineering- Pharos University organized an awareness lecture at Forsan School for the primary students that was given by Dr. Marwa Sharks under the title “Architecture, Colors and Space” under the auspices of Prof. Ramadan Abo Elellah- the Vice President of the university for community services and environment development, Prof. Mohamed Gaber Abu Ali- the Dean of the faculty of Engineering on Sunday 21/04/2019. Ms. Safaa Ahmed- the Manager of Forsan School received the team at ten am, then the lecture of awareness was given during which Dr. Marwa Sharks talked about colors type, its categories and how to select them. The most famous buildings in Alexandria and the aspects of arts in its design were presented. Then, there was a children competition in panting and the gifts were distributed for the winners and university picture was captured. The Asst.Prof.Dr. Noha Said, Dr. Marwa Sharks, faculty staff, academic members and students of the faculty of Engineering.For more photos Click here

The Awareness of Driving Speed Risks

The faculty of Mass Communication organized a seminar for public relation and marketing communication department under the title “Awareness of Driving Speed Risks” on Tuesday 18 April. This was held in the presence of Prof. Fawzy Abd ElGhany- the Dean of the faculty of Mass Communication, Mr. Wisam Abd Elhamid- a member of Alex Biker Team, a large number of the students, a number of faculty members and teaching assistants. The seminar discussed the consequence of fast driving and the neglect of traffic rules within the seminar. Some advices were given to avoid road accidents.

The PUA Training Centre Signed a Cooperation Protocol with  Al Behaira Joint-stock Company

A delegation of Pharos University comprised of Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service and Environment Development Affairs; Prof. Hassan El Ghazouly, the Head of the Construction Engineering and Management Department and Prof. Ehssan Nassef, the Director of the Training Centre paid a visit to Al Behaira joint-stock company on Sunday, 6 January 2019. This visit was in line with the plan set for training the PUA students. The delegation was received by Dr. Mohamed Al Dakak, the Chairman of the Board and the Managing Director. By the end of this visit, the two parties signed a cooperation protocol to exchange research activities in relevant areas. This includes providing the students of the faculty of Engineering in the departments of Construction Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with training to prepare them for the labour market.

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The CSED Council Kicked off Its 1st Meeting for the Academic Year 2018-2019

 

The Council for Community Service and Environmental Development  (CSED) kicked off its first meeting for the academic year 2018-2019 on Tuesday, 25 December 2018. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service and Environment Development Affairs. This was held in the presence of Prof. Hisham El Shimy, the Director of the Community Service and Environmental Development Centre, representatives from all PUA faculties and other external members; Eng. Khaled Alsayed, the Chairman of the Board of Alex Fertilizers Company and Major General Waheed Radwan, the President of East Alex District. At the outset of the meeting, all the attendees stood a moment of silence in mourning for Mr. Mohamed Ragab, the founder of Pharos University and the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala showed the attendees a report on all the proposals which have been approved by the CSED Council last year; all of them reflected the real needs of society and were put into force through working in cooperation with some community associations for public work. The Council also approved forming cooperation between the faculty of Arts and Design- Pharos University and the East Alexandria District Presidency to create a mural on the sea corniche for depicting Alexandria City. On his part, the President of East Alex District expressed his content of this cooperation between Pharos University and the Presidency. Then, he promised to refer the students, who have received medical examination on the PUA medical convoys and needed medical care to the Director of the Educational Administration affiliated to the East Alexandria District Presidency in order to gain approval on receiving medical treatment in Pharos University. It has also agreed upon establishing a pharmacy which will only be dedicated for receiving valid medications in order to give them for the needy. Accordingly, a committee was formed from academic staff members from the faculties of Pharmacy and Dentistry, along with administrative staff from the CSED Council; its mission is to draw up the plan of receiving and distributing medications among the needy. Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala invited the civil work associations to participate in the workshop organised by the CSED Council and the Training Centre under the title of “The Mechanism of Establishing and Evaluating a Register for the Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection inside the Industrial, Medical and Tourism Establishments and Constructive Works”. By the end of the meeting, recommendations were made to activate the new proposals; a step that will be a credit for the CSED Council and a completion for its achievements during the last years.

Pharos University Sent a Medical Aid Convoy to King Mina Elementary School

Within the framework of the community service endeavours made by Pharos University, a medical aid convoy was organized in coordination with the Education Directorate in Alexandria in order to be sent to “King Mina Elementary School” on Tuesday, 11December 2018. A delegation of staff members from different PUA faculties went in this convoy including the faculty of Dentistry, the faculty of Physical Therapy and the faculty of Allied Medical Sciences. The staff of the faculty of dentistry offered 400 primary students free medical examinations and distributed toothbrushes and toothpastes among them. Meanwhile, the Physical Therapy delegates gave the students some useful advices on how to improve their postures and properly carry their school backpacks. The students also watched a video, made by the staff of the faculty of Allied Medical Sciences on the importance of healthy eating and the model weight and height for children of their age. Other academic staff members also went in the convoy, including Prof. Hisham Elshimy, the Director of the PUA Community Service and Environmental Development Centre as well as some of the center’s staff like Dr. Essam Ghoniem, Dr. Rania Hassan, Dr. Sherief Darwish, Dr. Mostafa Matter, Dr. Nancy Badwan, Teacher Assistant. Fathy Shokry, Eng. Amr Mamdouh, Ms. Aya Elrakaybey and Ms. Basma Naguib, one of the administrative staff of the PUA Community Service and Environmental Development Centre.

Pharos University Sent A Medical Aid Convoy To The Martyr Waleed Sobhy School

Within the framework of the community service endeavours exerted by Pharos University, a medical aid convoy set off to the Martyr Waleed Sobhy School on Tuesday 27/11/2018. The convoy was sent in coordination with the Education Directorate in Alexandria. The PUA delegation was comprised of staff members of some PUA faculties including the faculty of Dentistry, the faculty of Physical Therapy and the faculty of Allied Medical Sciences. The staff of the faculty of dentistry offered 300 primary students free medical examinations and distributed toothbrushes and toothpastes among them. Meanwhile, the Physical Therapy delegates gave the students some useful advices on how to improve their postures and to properly carry their school backpacks. The school students also watched a video, made by the staff of the faculty of Allied Medical Sciences on the importance of healthy eating and the ideal weight and height for their age. Other academic staff members also went in the convoy; Prof. Hisham Elshimy, Dr. Essam Ghoniem, Dr. Rania Hassan, Teacher Assistant. Fathy Shokry, Eng. Amr Mamdouh, Ms. Aya Elrakaybey and Mr. Karim Hassan, a representative of the Student Activities Administration. The coordination of the convoy was managed under the supervision of Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service and Environment Development Affairs

  • A Coordination Meeting for PUA Medical Aid Convoys

On Sunday, October 28, PUA Community Service and Environmental Development Centre held a meeting to coordinate the setting off of PUA medical aid convoys for the academic year 2018-2019. The meeting, chaired by Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service and Environment Development Affairs, was held to discuss the possible arrangements could be made for sending medical aid convoys to the neighbourhood primary schools on Tuesday 27/11/2018 and Tuesday 11/12/2018. The convoys are going to set off, with the participation of teams from the faculties of Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Allied Medical Sciences. The meeting was held in the presence of Prof. Hisham El Shimy, the Director of PUA Community Service and Environmental Development Centre; Mr. Nasef Maher, the Director of the Community Service Department in the Directorate of Education and academic staff members.

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  • The 2nd Meeting of PUA Community Service Council

The 2nd meeting of PUA council for community service and environment development was held on Tuesday 21/11/2017. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service and Environment Development Affairs. Some representatives of PUA faculties and centres for community service affairs attended the meeting. It was also held in the presence of Major General Dr. Emad Abdel Rady, the Director of the Navy Hospital; Mr. Goma Zakry, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education; Mr. Sayed Gabeel, the Head of the Economic News Department at Al Watan Newspaper and Dr. Mervet Abdel Majeed, on behalf of Mr. Waheed Radwan, the President of East Alex District. During the meeting, the council discussed a proposal for a form of community service activities, the plans to be implemented by the community service bylaw for all faculties and the issue of developing the solar energy systems in the governmental buildings.

  • Pharos University Council for the Community Service & Environment Development Affairs

Pharos University Council for the Community Service & Environment Development Affairs, headed by Prof. Ramadan Abu El-Ala, the Vice President of Community Service & Environment Development Affairs, assembled with a board of representatives of all faculties of Pharos University. The meeting was convened between Pharos University Council for the Community Service & Environment Development Affairs and Mr. Gomaa Zaki, the First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education in Alexandria as well as Mr. Amr Al –Far, the Deputy Editor- in – Chief and the Director of Algomhuria Newspaper Office in Alexandria.

During the meeting, the Council approved the report of the academic year 2015/ 2016 and the proposed plan of the academic year 2016/ 2017. Among the main recommendations of the meeting were the necessity of establishing a media centre for Pharos University in order to communicate with other media institutions and websites as well as a certified translation office for Pharos University. It has also been agreed upon holding the upcoming meeting on Tuesday 28/3/2017.

  • Pharos Medical team to educate school students

Pharos University is vigilantto participate in social services and this is followed up on  byMr Mohamed Ragab, President of the Board of Trustees. A Medical team was formed for the Airport Primary School which comprises students living in the same geographic area as Pharos University. This was under the supervision of Professor Ramadan AbuEllaa Vice President of the University.
The team included three working groups:

  1. A working group from Faculty of Dentistry that included Professor Hamdiya Abu Bakr, Dr. Sherif Darwich, Dr. Nancy Ramez,  Dr. Moustafa Mattar and some students and nurses. A cultural film was shown about dental care and toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed to students and they were advised about dental care. 250 students were examined and 170 of them were transferred to the Children’s Unit at the University.
  2. A working group from the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences that included Professor Mervat Salah the Faculty Vice Dean, Dr. Naglaa Mohamed and Ms Maha El Komy.A film was shown about general health issues and 70 students were examined and 29 students were transferred to for follow up at the university.
  3. A working group from the Faculty of Physical Therapy that included Professor Mona ElSayed Ahmed Vice Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Mohamed Albagoury Surgery Director and some students. A film about hygiene was shown and 60 students were examined and 40 were transferred to Faculty for follow up suffering from back and limb pain.

The team was accompanied by Dr. Hisham Alsheimy, the Executive Director of Center for Social Services at the University, and Mr. Mohamed Saleh, Ms Houssniys Mahmoud responsible for Public Relations in addition to some students.

The students of Pharos University participated in the celebrations of the Northern Military Sector on the occasion of the recognition of fallen heroes of the families in the area. This took place on Wednesday 30th November 2016.The student participation was a worthy suggestion made by the military because it created a positive sentiment among the families and feelings of patriotism and belonging among the students.
On the evening of the same day, Professor RamadanAbuElaa, the Vice President of Pharos University, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation and an Honorary Shield presented by Field Marshall Mohamed AlZamlout as gratitude for Pharos University and the Ragab Group for their participation in the project that was inaugurated by the Egyptian President.

Why did you go to PUA for student exchange?

The chance to visit Africa, and more specific an Arab country with so much history as Egypt has, made the decision very easy. PUA offered the necessities and quality needed for my bachelor thesis to be conducted.

How long was the exchange period?

The exchange lasted 8 weeks in total.

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

Prof. Andrew Martin from KTH scouted for students to participate in a collaboration with PUA and KTH, me and my colleagues applied and were accepted.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and KTH?

The difference is a more direct contact or line of communication in PUA compared to KTH. The relationships between pupils and professors are more personal than in KTH. Moreover, the learning is more of a practical character in PUA than in KTH, where the approach is often more theoretical and is conducted to bring discussion.

Did PUA staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

They have been excellent in supporting all causes, the communication line is very clear and everyone, including students, are very generous and show great hospitality. Our Egyptian colleagues, whom we collaborate with, have excellent knowledge in their field and are easy to discuss with.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at PUA?

Since we have a specific collaboration, our working day consists mainly of own work on the project with some discussions in between with our Egyptian colleagues.

What was the best part of your experience at PUA?

Meeting all the different people, from the Dean of Engineering, to our lovely supervisor Dr. Norhan and all the students willing to greet us and make us feel welcome!

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

Adapting to the difference between Swedish and Arabic culture, but it has been very fun to observe and learn the language, food culture and so on!

What are your impressions of Alexandria and Egypt?

Alexandria has been wonderful, it is truly a city with lots of history and a beautiful shoreline to the Mediterranean Sea. Egypt biggest asset is its people, the hospitality and generosity are always above and beyond.

Is there something about life in Alexandria and Egypt that has surprised, impressed you?

The different mix of cultures combined from the different eras in Alexandria, the Greek, roman, and so on all mixed together makes the city a beautiful historical place.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at KTH that, in the future, will do student exchange at PUA?

Feel free to talk to people, they will most surely help you or make your life easier in some way. Also, the seafood here is amazing, you have to try the crab soup at the fish market!

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

I have met amazing people whom I will remember, the new culture has been really fun to observe and live with and has opened up the interest to explore Egypt more in the future. I have also gained a more practical understanding in my field of engineering, something that I greatly appreciate.

Why did you go to (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) for staff exchange?

The main objectives of this mobility are:
- Explore the master program in Electrical Engineering in KTH.
- Investigate the availability of joint undergraduate projects submission.
- Acquire new teaching and learning skills from KTH.
- Reinforcement the cooperation between KTH and PUA.

How long was the exchange period?

A month.

How have you been chosen to this visit?

Through a presentation in front of the vice president and the international relations coordinator of PUA University. The presentation includes my goals to this grant of the Erasmus+ staff mobility program and this is done after the submission of the motivation letter and my CV to them.

How do studies and researches at (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) differ in comparison to your previous experience?

There are so many differences:

• Labs and lectures are highly informative and direct the students to a huge amount of data and information.
• The estimated learning hours of each course are longer, which means the students can learn the courses deeper. Also, the theory learning is always followed with the practical work, such as labs and project work.
• The organization of the academic year in four periods, each one with two courses to attempt, makes easier the planning of studying as well as the preparation of examination.
• The students are ambitious not only to get a good mark but also to really understand the subjects and above all, getting practical experience.
• Here students, researchers and teachers seem to be at same level with the same importance even if covering different roles. Furthermore, transparency and meritocracy are conditions without which KTH could not exist. All the people from students to professors form a great academic group providing a motivating study and research environment.
• KTH is the best place for an engineer with education and career ambitions.

Did (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

Yes.

Could you describe a regular day as a student or teacher at (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)?

Classes take usually 8 hours, from 8 am to 5 pm with one hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Many projects and assignments require you to stay at campus even if you do not have classes that day. For example, during afternoon, if there are no lectures, group members from courses have meetings and discussion at many places created for them because they need a space for studying in silence and finish their tasks.

What was the best part of your experience at (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)?

KTH proved that it has an incomparable high level of education and wide range of educational support like a great library, supporting efficient teachers and many interesting seminars not only related to the studied field.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

Because this is the first time I went to Stockholm, so the biggest challenge was reaching to my place of residence.

What are your impressions of (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that you visited?

- Stockholm is quite unique in comparison with other European capitals.
- It is a clean and beautiful city with large water areas and historic buildings.
- It is quiet and tidy and there are many tourist spots.
- Urban architecture is spread out among its islands creating space for many green areas.
- Swedish people are so nice and happy to help you. They can speak fluent English no matter they are young or old.
- Although Sweden is not that much populated, satisfying public facilities and provided infrastructures has made the life easy for everyone.

Is there something about life in (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that has surprised, impressed you?

Sweden is something much more than I expected. This country has impressed me with its landmarks, calm people, and the very positive and relaxed attitude towards everyday life. Furthermore, it is easy to communicate with people in Sweden as they are almost well familiar with the English as an international language.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do staff exchange at (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)?

I just want to say that I have been feeling really lucky to get the chance visiting KTH University. I strongly advise my colleagues to do the same.

Is there something from your experience that you can bring in to your professional role at PUA?

Yes. I can bring in my department new learning and teaching skills and also make a proposal for the master program.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

- My personal and teaching skills were improved.
- New experiences and practices were gained.
- My professional and personal development were changed.
- Our motivation in moving forward into progress must be kept up in every work we do and never give up and should always proceed onwards to development.

Why did you go to the School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland for staff exchange?

I consider the visit to the School of Pharmacy, UEF, as a lifetime experience that I believe it is a milestone in my career. It is a significant opportunity to discover innovative and different teaching and research techniques as well as to explore new foreign culture that is definitely motivational and very inspirational to my career

How long was the exchange period?

The exchange period was 8 days

How have you been chosen to this visit?

The journey started after my motivation letter was selected by Prof. Dr. Maged ElGhazouly, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Drug Manufacturing. I was one of 5 lecturers who were chosen to present their motivations to contribute in such exchange program in front of Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Mohey ElDin, President of Pharos University in Alexandria and Prof. Dr. Nourhan Fanaky, Vice President for Education and Students Affairs.

How do studies and researches at School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland differ in comparison to your previous experience?

I think they are different in the time and resources available for their research. In addition, most of them are working as a multidisciplinary team which collaborate together for successful publications

Did School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

All the staff members I had met were very helpful and sociable. They were discussing in details their research interest and the curriculum they are teaching with highlighting the innovative teaching methodologies they are implementing

Could you describe a regular day as a student or teacher at School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland?

Their regular day starts at 8:00 am in the morning. Their day is divided into different tasks including teaching, laboratory sessions, seminars, meetings and research. At about 12:00 pm, they have their lunches and breaks. After that, they regularly meet their masters and Ph.D. candidates. Overall, they are trying to implement different innovative strategies in their lectures and they are more devoted to their research and international publications. The day usually ends at 4:00 or 5:00 pm.

What was the best part of your experience at School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland?

I had a great chance to meet Prof. Dr. Antti Poso and Prof. Dr. Maija Lahtela-Kakkonen who have a proficiency in drug design and had the chance to try “Molecular Operating Environment, MOE” software, one of the programs they use in docking. In addition, I visited Kuopio University Hospital and saw the robots used in drug dispensing and chemotherapeutic preparations. In addition, the visit to the animal house was very fruitful.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

Everything was in Finnish language; all the signs in the streets and all the products, so situations like purchasing groceries or riding a Taxi with a driver who cannot speak English were challenging

What are your impressions of Kuopio and Finland that you visited?

It is fascinating country as it is part of Europe. Kuopio is a calm part of Finland and it is a beautiful city with magnificent landscape full of forests and lakes. The technology is in everything in their life, even for bike renting. The transportation tickets are booked via an application.

Is there something about life in Kuopio and Finland that has surprised, impressed you?

The weather surprised me as I literally saw the four seasons in one week. The weather rapidly changes even in the same day. It can start sunny and end with snow. In addition, I attended the festival of the “Labor Day”, which is in the first of May, just like Egypt. It is a special event there; the students wear special outfits with a color that indicates which faculty they are enrolled in. The graduates wear a white cap to indicate that they are graduated one day from University. Another special day is “May Day”, which is a celebration for the coming of spring season. I enjoyed the Finnish tradition at this time of the year, Munkkia (a kind of donuts) and Simaa (a special drink).

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do staff exchange at School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland?

It is important to apply for Visa early enough before the visit. In addition, I recommend staying in the guest room in the university as it saved a lot of time without any need for the transportation especially in snowy days

Is there something from your experience that you can bring in to your professional role at PUA?

As a university staff member, I believe that this visit was substantial to my professional expertise. One important thing is that I am planning to apply flipped classroom in my courses to develop a more self-learner pharmacists.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

I think the visit helped me to build up more connections with a lot of professors and staff members either in pharmacology or other specialties. In addition, I got some knowledge about Finland such as their traditional food and souvenirs.

Why did you go to KTH for staff exchange?

To gain more experience about teaching methods, to get introduced to a new culture, to widen my professional network, to know more about the curriculum of the courses in the KTH and compare it to ours in PUA. My main mission was about the BIM courses to transfer the way of teaching and to know all the courses that are taught in the KTH as PUA is starting to teach this new technology.

How long was the exchange period?

It was one month.

How have you been chosen to this visit?

I have been chosen through a process that started by a call to all the staff members for whoever wants to submit a motivation letter to be chosen. Then there was an interview with the faculty of engineering dean and head of departments. Then there was an interview with the head of international relations and the representatives of university’s president.

How do studies and researches at KTH differ in comparison to your previous experience?

It differs a lot as the number of years for the university education at the KTH are 3 for bachelor degree and most of the students there continue post graduate studies for 2 years to complete their master’s degree. One of the great differences is that all the master or PhD thesis are concerned with the industry to solve problems or to renovate the technology of construction.

Did KTH staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

They were very helpful as they provided me with all data I wanted. They gave me from their time to ask about all information I wanted. I had an access from them to a lot of research papers. I also attended a PhD defense while I was there.

Could you describe a regular day as a student or teacher at KTH?

The regular day starts at 8 am by attending lecture for 3 or 4 hours depends on the course. Then from 12 to 1 pm, it’s a lunch break for all teachers and students. From 1 pm till 4 or 5 pm it’s a workshop for the lecture in the morning. At somedays maybe sitting in the library for some research.

What was the best part of your experience at KTH?

Giving a lecture about BIM implementation to the undergraduate students at the BIM1 course.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To get as much information as I can that can benefit my studies and benefit my department at PUA.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It was so cold at that time in January and February, but a beautiful city. People are so helpful. All of them can speak English so it was easy to communicate with them. It was empty as the population of Sweden is so small compared to ours in Egypt.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

Every Tuesday at 10 pm a lot of people go out and scream with loud voice to get out the negative energy- as they assume-

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do staff exchange at KTH?

They have to take heavy clothes if anyone is going through winter days. They need to benefit from the ideas of the projects that the students make in the courses. We need to enlarge the cooperation in the level of the students.

Is there something from your experience that you can bring in to your professional role at PUA?

Of course, I have started to use what I have got through attending the BIM course at the KTH in teaching in the same course at my department at PUA. Also I have introduced through a presentation inside my department to the colleagues so any of them can gain any idea that can be executed in their courses.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

I have enlarged my professional network with many researchers and students from many nationalities. I have been introduced to many cultures. I have enhanced my English language by practicing it for 1 month. I have got many information that I can use through my master thesis.

Why did you go to (Royal Institue of Technology KTH) for staff exchange?

My trip was part of a grant of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Program. The main purpose of the trip was to adopt new teaching methods, interactive learning methods and assessment methods. In addition, visit the laboratories and workshops. Another personal purpose was to network with people interested in the field of my PhD research and exchange knowledge with them.

How long was the exchange period?

The exchange period was for 10 days.

How have you been chosen to this visit?

I applied for it at the PUA. The application included a motivation letter, my CV and a valid IELTS certificate. Then I have done a presentation on the purpose of my application to this visit. The attendees of the presentation were the Vice President of the PUA and the International Relations Coordinator at the PUA.

How do studies and researches at (Royal Institute of Technology KTH) differ in comparison to your previous experience?

I have attended lectures, practical tutorials and seminars during my short visit. There are several differences, some of them are minor but others are major differences. Starting with the minor differences: The lecturer is on time sharp in the classroom but starts the lecture after 15 minutes. Students are allowed to enter/leave the classroom upon their wish. Many students do not follow the instructor, instead they work on their laptops or mobile phones, but they do not interrupt the lesson in any way. If from noon till 1:00 pm there is a lecture, students are allowed to eat their lunch. As for the major differences: The time management differs from an instructor to another. For example, some instructors divide the lecture to 4 parts: 30 minutes’ lecture followed by a 15 minutes task, in which students work in groups. The instructor then discusses briefly the outcomes of the group task. After the discussion a 15 minutes break is given. After the break the lecture is continued for 30 minutes followed by a group task for another 15 minutes. Other instructors divide the lectures just in two parts: 45 minutes lecture followed by a 15 minutes break, then the lecture is continued for another 45 minutes. Students work with their own hands in the workshop. They are divided in groups with a maximum of 6 students in one group depending on the available space. The lecturer is the one who teaches the students how to work, a technician assists him. I attended a seminar, in which interactive learning was used in a very instructive way.

Did (Royal Institute of Technology KTH) staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

Definitely yes. They were more than helpful.

Could you describe a regular day as a student or teacher at (Royal Institute of Technology KTH)?

Most of the lectures start at 10:00 am, only few start at 9:00 am. From 12:00 pm till 1:00 pm it’s lunch time. There are several restaurants at the campus where students and staff can buy food. Each department has a large kitchen, where students and staff can heat their own food in the microwave and make a cup of coffee or tea. After lunch, lectures and tutorials are continued and may extend till 7:00 pm.

What was the best part of your experience at (Royal Institute of Technology KTH)?

The best part was to experience the link between the academic part and the practical part, whether in the University or outside with the industry, where Master and PhD students deal with solving actual problems present in the industry.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

The biggest challenge was not to get lost in the KTH campus.

What are your impressions of (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that you visited?

It is an extremely organized country with perfect transportation facilities. The people are very friendly and helpful. All the locals speak English, unlike many other European countries. There just two disadvantages: everything is very expensive and the weather is very cold, even during spring time.

Is there something about life in (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that has surprised, impressed you?

The thing that has surprised me is that locals wear summer clothing at 3º C weather. And the thing that impressed me is how organized people at Sweden are.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do staff exchange at (Royal Institute of Technology KTH)?

My advice to them is to wear warm clothes and avoid travelling to Sweden in winter.

Is there something from your experience that you can bring in to your professional role at PUA?

Applying interactive learning in the proper way and letting students depend more on themselves regarding their tasks instead of spoon feeding them with the solutions.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

On a personal level, I have realized after this experience that life doesn’t have to be as stressful as we think it is. Problems become more complicated in a stressful environment.

Why did you go to (KTH)for staff exchange?

I went there as a part of ICM program among the agreement between KTH and PUA

How long was the exchange period?

10 days

How do studies and researches at (KTH) differ in comparison to your previous experience?

There educaltional system consists of 3-years program BSc and 2 years Msc. The computer and electrical engineering are merged in one schoo;

Did (KTH) staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate

Yes,

Could you describe a regular day as a student or teacher at (KTH)?

Student : attend lectures and lab sessions Teacher : give lectures, participate in meetings related to research projects

What was the best part of your experience at (KTH)?

Meeting with master programs directors and advanced abs

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

How to meet as much professor sand places in a short time

What are your impressions of (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that you visited?

Very clean and well organized. People are very decent

Is there something about life in (Stockholm) and (Sweden)that has surprised, impressed you?

No need for private car, you can depend on public transportation

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do staff exchange at (KTH)?

You should plan your schedule prior to your trip through emails in order to achieve maximum efficiency of your trip

Is there something from your experience that you can bring in to your professional role at PUA?

Yes, the criteria on which advanced topics in telecommunications and electronics are designed in addition to a list of elective courses

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

How to deal with staff from different academic environment

What made you chose PUA to study?

Being best authentic private university in Alexandria with highly qualified cooperative Teaching staff from professors to demonstrators is reason enough for anyone to join your University.

Why did you go to (University of Eastern Finland) for student exchange?

In my opinion, the university announced for scholarship was a great opportunity to discover their teaching methods and facilities whilst still student in PUA, as well as experience first-hand the European scandanavian culture.

How long was the exchange period?

About four months since 3rd/sept/2018 to 20th/dec/2018

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

By assessing applicant English proficiency, recommendation letter from my professors, motivation letter and interviews was also done to assess student social and academic background as well as their overall character.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (University of Eastern Finland-UEF)?

I come to appreciate PUA methods of teaching students which literally ensures graduating students of solid pharmaceutical background .This was proved with the self-study of my courses abroad in UEF were if it weren’t for the assignments, self-study chapters , interactive activities done in PUA I wouldn’t have been able to study whole courses alone.

Did (University of Eastern Finland-UEF) staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes, they were extremely welcoming and helpful throughout the semester. English language hasn’t been easy with some of the professors but most of them I managed to understand their requirements and how to study the required course contents. Even, with issuing the official transcript it was done smoothly.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at (University of Eastern Finland-UEF)?

Day started at 8 am, my dorm was about a 20 minute walk from the campus. I attend my lab work either of medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutical technology till 11.30 am, then lunch break starts at campus for about an hour I join my colleagues then continue to another building with the Library and study are facilities where I read, study and summarize for about 3-4 hrs. By 5 pm, I return home and join my friends in dorm for a dinner and discussing our day. By 9 pm, time to sleep to start a fresh new day.

What was the best part of your experience at (University of Eastern Finland-UEF)?

Snow winter season after the green orange leaves of Autumn.There was a huge contrast between each season .In addition, the Viking scandanavian food and finnish sweets was a real delicacy.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

Getting used to the real cold of Finland and having to wear gloves, cap and scarves almost everywhere I go out even if it was simply to buy some groceries for about 10 minutes.

What are your impressions of (KOUPIO) and (FINLAND) that you visited?

Strange musical sound of the city which turned to be a small friendly village when I arrived there. Finland, most famously for Nokia phone products which turned out to be a famous city named NOKIA in Northern Finland and of course a good rank in education.

Is there something about life in (KOUPIO) and (FINLAND) that has surprised, impressed you?

Sauna is a must in every house and of course the large number of lakes and green trees everywhere; I almost got lost one day in them.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at (University of Eastern Finland-UEF)?

Better to buy winter material clothes, gloves, caps from Finland with a better thermal resistance than in Egypt. Second hand shops will be very handy in furnishing a student room for winter.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

There’s more to see abroad beyond what we are used to and comfortable with. Knowing English is not enough when you communicate with others. Living independently is the best way to know oneself and focus on strengthening improving character.

What made you chose PUA to study?

I choose Pharos University because it is one of the top 10 universities in the Republic of Egypt and its close relationship between other international universities, especially the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Why did you go to (KTH) for student exchange?

To gain experience of travel without parents and self-reliance and to see the cultures of other countries

How long was the exchange period?

It was 3 months

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

I think because I worked hard to study architecture and got the highest grades and excelled at the University of Pharos

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)?

The practical work in KTH is more than in PUA, the way of learning differs a lot, the student in KTH is more independent.

Did KTH staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes of course everything was organized and developed and I have encountered some problems and the specialist helped me quickly

Could you describe a regular day as a student at (KTH)?

I go to my Studio at 9:00 AM, there is a lunch break at 12:00 PM, interactive learning is their way of learning, so it is every exciting,

What was the best part of your experience at (KTH)?

The way they deal with me I did not feel that I am strange, Learn about a new place, new language, new people, exchange experiences and knowledge

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To gain much experience as I could, and travel as much as possible, it’s the best chance ever to learn more.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It is a very calm country, I really excited about it, it is a very organized city, and it's very respectful for human being specially the disable people.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

I was surprised as there are many students speaking English basically everywhere, and the freedom of independence from my parents is a wonderful thing to try

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at (name of partner university)?

Use time well to gain new and good skills and information, and make sure to spend every second in something useful.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

Self-reliance, good planning for the future, time Management, from knowledge sharing, and good relations with my Swedish friends

What made you chose PUA to study?

Because of the excellent educational level offered by pharos university.

Why did you go to (KTH) for student exchange?

To gain a new experience and knew the difference between education in Egypt and abroad.

How long was the exchange period?

3 months

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

I was nominated by my department then I have passed the language test and an interview with university administration.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)?

The biggest difference is that students there depend on themselves a lot in the education.

Did (KTH) staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes they was very helpful and give us help in everything we needed.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at (KTH)?

Lectures starts at 8 o’clock every lecture is 2 hours there is a 15 min break after the first hour. from 12 to 1 o’clock there is launch break after that we complete our lectures and helping sessions.

What was the best part of your experience at (KTH)?

Dealing with different cultures and nationalities every day in the university.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

Self-reliance in daily life matters such as food preparation and laundry.

What are your impressions of (Stockholm ) and ( Sweden ) that you visited?

Stockholm gives off a very organized clean and efficient vibe. much of the city has new construction and development. Everything is clean, organized and running smoothly.

Is there something about life in (Stockholm) and (Sweden) that has surprised, impressed you?

Yes, in addition to the pleasing architecture, Stockholm is filled with nature and beauty. with compact islands filled with parks

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at (KTH)?

They have to make sure to take advantage of every moment they stay there.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

Self-reliance, ability to deal with different cultures and work perfection

What made you chose PUA to study?

I choose Pharos University to study because I knew about the agreement dual bachelor degree from both KTH and PUA which gives international exposure. Also its one of the best University for the education perspectives.

Why did you go to KTH for student exchange?

To gain experience, knowledge. Also to explore different cultures and know the least technology and trend in architecture.

How long was the exchange period?

3 months

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

First I have been writing my CV and motivation letter. Second I have been through 2 interviews and English test.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)?

The practical work in KTH is more than in PUA, the way of learning differs a lot, the student in KTH is more independent.

Did KTH staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes, they are so helpful.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH?

I go to my studio/lecture, have a lunch break at 12.00 it was a good time to interact with my colleges and we have a regular presentation each week that we discuss in our work.

What was the best part of your experience at KTH?

Exploring the new place and new culture. Practicing English language, exchange experiences and knowledge.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To gain much experience as I could and to have the responsibility of everything in my life.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It is an amazing country really as they say about it a walkable city. I t is a very organized city beautiful building and parks.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

Actually all the people there speaks English so it was easily to communicate with any person. Also they are very respectful.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at KTH?

Do your best to gain that exchange. You will not only learn in a different way no you will gain a lot of skills and experience that will change your life and point of view to anything you see.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

Time Management
Self-indecency
Self –confident Practicing English

What made you chose PUA to study? 

 I choose Pharos University to study because it is one of the universities that help on producing good generations.

 Why did you go to (KTH) for student exchange?

To gain experience and knowledge from other countries that could help me in my future sake concerning the Architecture Engineering. 

How long was the exchange period? 

3 months 

 

 

How have you been chosen for the exchange? 

 By owning high grades, good communication skills and language.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)? 

 KTH helps students to depend more on themselves “Self-Learning”, and owns different ways in giving lectures. Also, it is different in the way of the studio and site visit

 Did KTH staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

 Yes, everything was well organized and helpful

 Could you describe a regular day as a student at (KTH)?

I go to my lecture, discuss my work with the professors, know my points of weakness and work on them. Besides that, I take a lunch break from 12pm till 1pm and then I can continue my work in the studio.  

 What was the best part of your experience at (KTH)?

Working in group work through the studio and discuss the project together. Also, the site visits there are more interesting. 

 What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To go back gaining more experience, new language, new friends, and depending on myself.  

 What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It is amazing and well-organized country with different culture. 

 Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

 I was surprised that there were discounts, especially in the transportation and food, everywhere for the students, helping them.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at (KTH)? 

Manage their time well to have some fun beside gaining more experiences. 

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level? 

Self-study plan
Self-dependent Time
Management

Why did you go to PUA for student exchange? 

  I heard about the transportation project from my teacher at KTH. I chose PUA for exhange to write my bachelor thesis.

How long was the exchange period?  

3 months. 

 How have you been chosen for the exchange?

By my teacher at KTH. 

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)? 

  I have nit participated in any courses but otherwise, there are differences such as school rules, computer lab.

Did PUA staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate.  

Yes, they have been helpful all the period and it was easy to communicate with them.  

 What was the best part of your experience at PUA?

 I really liked student activities, it is a chance to meet other students and have fun together.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip? 

A new cultur, new people and much work.  

 What are your impressions of Alexandria and Egypt?

A very beautiful stad with its wonderful sea. A traffic that makes you do not want to out at all. Very friendly and social persons in all Egypt.  

 Is there something about life in Alexandria and Egypt that has surprised, impressed you?

 Traffic congestion is a big problem. People are very nice and easy to talk with.

 What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

  I have taken so much experience. To work and deal with people from other cultures, to live without family. I have learned so much during my exchange period.

What made you chose PUA to study?

Because it is one of best universities in Alexandria.

Why did you go to KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for student exchange?

It was a good chance to gain experience.

How long was the exchange period?

Three months.

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

I have been chosen by my professors.

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm?

The students at KTH is more independent.

Did KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes, they were very helpful.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm?

In a regular day, I wake up at 7 am. Have breakfast. At 8 am I arrive at KTH to take my first lecture. Throughout the day it`s mostly attending class, if there is no class I`m in the library.

What was the best part of your experience at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm?

I learned to be more independent and of course getting to know new cultures, new stuff and new people.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To gain much experience as I could.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It is very beautiful country. It is clean, quiet and not so busy as you would expect from a capital. There is a very good, clean and organized public transportation.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

People in Sweden are kind and they are nice to foreigners.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm?

Use time will to gain more information.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

Self -reliance and Time Management.

What made you chose PUA to study?

As Pharos is one from the best universities in Egypt, it was recommended for me.

Why did you go to (KTH) for student exchange?

It was the best chance ever to learn a lot about everything, their way of studying, their work during their lectures and tutorial.

How long was the exchange period?

It was for 3 months.

How have you been chosen for the exchange?

I was able to get the highest grades so that I could get my professors' nomination and I worked hard on it

What do you think are the differences between studying at PUA and (KTH)?

In KTH the study cares about practical work than the theoretical one, even the theoretical one based on something that related to your work after being graduated and the students in KTH are more independent. That was the clear difference between PUA and KTH

Did KTH staff, professors, researcher and others that you met been helpful and easy to communicate, discuss and cooperate?

Yes of course every thing is organized and they are so helpful, they helped us a lot as much as they could, they help us in many problems that faced us despite it isn’t related to our study.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at (KTH)?

Everyday there was a lecture or laboratory so I attend, there is a break each one hour, interactive learning is their way of learning, so it is every exciting,

What was the best part of your experience at (KTH)?

Learning more about a new culture, new language, new people, exchange experiences and knowledge.

What was the biggest challenge for you during your trip?

To gain much experience as I could, it’s the best chance ever to learn more.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden that you visited?

It is a perfect country, I really excited here. It is a very organized city and not so crowded as you would expect for a capital.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised, impressed you?

I was surprised as there are many students speaking English basically everywhere, so I have the impression that is the official language here.

Do you have any advice for colleagues at PUA that, in the future, will do student exchange at (KTH)?

Use time well to gain new and good skills and information, as it is the best chance ever to gain more and to be qualified.

What have you taken with you from this experience on a personal level?

Good planning for the future
Time Management
Benefit from knowledge sharing
Independent