Following on the agreement signed between the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) and the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) responsible for the Egyptian National Scientific & Technical Information Network (ENSTINET), and as concrete step, ASRT hosted ASREN’s 12th Annual Conference e-AGE22, which was conducted very successfully in Cairo 13-14 December 2022.
The conference was well attended by high-level representation from the Arab region, Europe and the rest of the world with 50 speakers from 40 countries discussed issues on science cooperation, research and education infrastructures and more.
The partnership with ASRT will include cooperation in various dimensions related to scientific research and education, with particular focus on infrastructures, open science and capacity building.
ASRT is now the official beneficiary partner in Egypt for the European Union’s co-funded projects AfricaConnect3 and Medusa, which are delivered locally by ASREN, to provide high-capacity international internet connectivity for academic and scientific collaborations and to connect the research and education communities in Egypt with the pan-European GÉANT network and the rest of the world.
Studies and plans are also underway to establish a regional open exchange point in Egypt, which will be hosted and operated by the Academy, to serve as a connectivity hub for the Arab NRENs, and among the many other world research and education networks across the Mediterranean Sea.
The Academy will additionally encourage Open Science, Open Access and LIBSENSE activities in Egypt and the region, through its experience in serving as a host and an operator of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project initiative, the largest digital library in the world.
In welcoming this important step Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazleh, Chairman of ASREN said: “ASREN is pleased to formally welcome ASRT as a project partner. Serving as Egypt’s national house of expertise in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation ASRT is a partner of choice for ASREN in its quest to benefit the R&E communities in Egypt and to support the Arab region as a whole especially in infrastructures and science cooperation.”