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Section VI: Education, Distance Learning & International Activities

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Section VI: Education, Distance Learning & International Activities

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As the Senior Technical Advisor, Partners for a Competitive Egypt, US-AID sponsored Project, Consortium of PaL-Tech, IBM, and Virginia Tech, 2002-2003, I supervised and participated in the following activities:

As the Director of International Programs, Office of the Associate Provost for Special Initiatives, VT International Institute for Information Technology, Virginia Tech, I was responsible for developing collaborative distance education programs with educational institutions in Middle East for the Virginia Tech’s online degree (Master of Information Technology) and Masters and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  My responsibilities also included investigation of collaboration opportunities with international ICT institutions. Developing and supervising joint research, education, training, and outreach programs.

Director of the VT-MENA Graduate Program, Virginia Tech
Two collaboration programs were established between Virginia Tech and both the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in Egypt.
The AAST VT-MENA Partnership:
In 2005, the partnership between Virginia Tech and the Arab academy for Science and Technology, AAST, was developed to bring Virginia Tech Graduate Study Programs to Egypt and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region.  As a result, students were offered the opportunity to study towards the Virginia Tech Masters and Doctoral degrees at AAST facilities in Egypt.  In this partnership, Virginia Tech oversaw the program academics while AAST will handled its local administration.  The Virginia Tech curriculum and academic standards was enforced to insure the same program quality and reputation that made the offered programs rank in the top 20 in the United States.  Program areas of study were Electrical Engineering (Communications), Computer Engineering, and Computer Science.

Successfully offered 40 classes to 20 PhD students in the MENA “campuses” in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt.  Some quick highlights of the program achievements include:

Study Abroad:
Started a faculty-led study abroad program “Robotics in Egypt” which later developed into a two discipline “Summer in Egypt” program by adding an “Arabic in Egypt” component.  Program students travel to Egypt for about 7 weeks (mid June 14 – end of July) for study abroad programs in Robotics, Arabic language, and Egyptian Studies.  The program is organized in collaboration with AAST; the host of the VT-MENA program. 
The MoHE VT-MENA Partnership:

This partnership also aims to develop the scientific research system in Egypt according to successful models followed in developed countries through the integration of graduate studies and scientific research. 
The program degrees for participating students will be awarded collaboratively by both Virginia Tech and Alexandria University, with the students carrying out most of their course work as well as a significant part of their research in Egypt.  Students seeking their M.S. degree can complete all their degree requirements locally, while the Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 1 year of residency at VT in the US.

Overview of International Activities:
Initiated/Supported Developing relationships with several international universities worldwide during my term as a director of international programs, College of Engineering.  Some of the main activities are listed below:
Arab Academy for Science & Technology (AAST):  Developed a new study abroad program in Robotics for engineering students to start May 2006.  10 students were identified as interested and are working on their application material.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA, The Library of Alexandria): An MOU is in progress. We have two major initiatives with BA that our office initiated and continue to support.  VT is supporting BA in establishing a CAVE system in Alexandria, Egypt (Ron Kriz is taking the lead and has a sponsored contract for his work with BA).  Also, VT performed studies and proposed plans to support BA in establishing a BA-based supercomputer system.  Project is in the fundraising phase.
Mansoura University:  Communication with ECE dept to design an undergraduate program for Mansoura that would lead to a possible 3+2 program for Mansoura students as well as faculty and student exchange.  
Asia Venture Partners: Working with Asia Venture Partners and Korea Land Corporation to establish a VT research and graduate education center in ECE.  Visited Korean counters with Professor Bill Tranter in April 2005. 
Also, hosted several visits by Korean delegations from Korean Government Official. Another initiative involving collaboration with Asia Venture Partners and the Korean government is making good progress.  The initiative aims to creating a VT center of research and education in the area of RFID in Korea sponsored by the Koreans with VT academic oversight and engagement (similar to the VT-MENA model). 
Saudi Arabia
King Abdulaziz University: Organized a faculty development program for King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  The program involved custom designed development workshops for 60 KAU faculty during the summer 2006 at VT. 
Supported and worked closely with IAESTE student chapter: The CoE-IP is currently the largest supporter of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) at Virginia Tech which is devoted to developing global skills in tomorrow's technical leaders by exposing them to paid international work experience. IAESTE VT is also committed to supporting VT's goal of being a world class institution through it's recruitment of bright international students to work alongside VT faculty in all technical fields. In just its second year of existence, the student run IAESTE VT chapter was already recognized as the 2005 Chapter of the Year, while competing against 25 other top technical institutions in the United States.