Representatives from Egypt’s Alexandria University recently visited the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology to sign a Memorandum of Academic Cooperation. Alexandria University is one of Africa’s leading institutions, with strong programs in science and engineering.
The collaboration was conceived by Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, professor and program head of Missouri S&T’s geology and geophysics department. Oboh-Ikuenobe visited Alexandria University last year when she conducted field work with undergraduate students in Egypt’s Western Desert. The work was part of a United States-Egypt Cooperative Research program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is aimed at promoting cooperation in teaching and research, facilitating the international exchange of ideas and enhancing the scholarly activities of Missouri S&T and Alexandria University.
The memorandum paves the way for collaboration in the areas of:
- Student exchange in science and engineering
- Faculty exchange
- Joint research activities
- Joint organization of seminars and academic meetings
- Exchange of academic materials
- Joint organization of special academic and non-academic programs
- Publication of the results of collaborative research projects.
In 2009, Dr. Mohamed Ismail Ibrahim, vice dean for community development and environmental affairs and a member of Alexandria’s science faculty, Dr. Suzan Kholeif, head of the scientific documentation and media unit at the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Alexandria, and Oboh-Ikuenobe organized a workshop in the geology subspecialty of palynology, the study of microscopic fossils found in sediments and soils that are rich in organic material, such as pollen and spores. The workshop brought together more than 40 participants from universities and petroleum companies. The trio plans to host another workshop next year.
“I hope this agreement will promote similar collaborations among faculty and students at both institutions,” says Oboh-Ikuenobe. “We gain a global perspective about our professions through interactions with people from other countries and cultures.”