E-JUST Celebrates 5th Anniversary

The Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) celebrated its fifth anniversary through a series of events held over three days in May at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a library and cultural center in Alexandria.

A meeting of the E-JUST Board of Directors and the 2015 Graduation Ceremony were both held on May 19. The 2nd E-JUST International Conference on Innovative Engineering (ICIE2015) was held from the evening of May 19 through May 21.

The conference involved many participants from both Egypt and overseas, including guests from Japanese universities involved in E-JUST. Tokyo Tech Professor Emeritus Masaaki Suzuki, now First Vice President at E-JUST, and Institute Professor Teijiro Ichimura, Advisor to the Dean of the E-JUST School of Energy, Environmental and Process Engineering (EECE) attended from Tokyo Tech. They were joined by Associate Professor Oliver C. Saavedra of the Department of Civil Engineering, and Associate Professor Yuji Tou of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Professor Yoshitoshi Tanaka of the Graduate School of Innovation Management also attended the conference as a keynote speaker.


Report on the 5th Anniversary Celebrations

Editor: Yuji Tou

Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology

Tokyo Institute of Technology


■Date:

Tuesday, May 19 - Thursday, May 21

■Schedule:

May 19
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Graduation Ceremony of E-JUST (Graduation Ceremony Agenda)
International Conference on Innovative Engineering (ICIE2015) (Program of ICIE)

May 20 and 21
International Conference on Innovative Engineering (ICIE2015)

■Details:

(1) Meeting of the E-JUST Board of Directors and 2015 Graduation Ceremony
First Vice-President Suzuki and Professor Ichimura participated in the Board of Directors meeting on May 19.
The same afternoon, a Graduation Ceremony was held for the fifth, sixth and seventh cohorts of graduate students. The ceremony included February 2014 - February 2015 graduating students for whom graduation ceremonies had been postponed. We were pleased to see many brilliant graduates from the three departments supported by Tokyo Tech.
Dr. Alyaa A. Al-Fazary, Representative of E-JUST Graduates, is the first recipient of a doctorate from the E-JUST Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (IEsM), which is supported by Tokyo Tech's Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Dr. Alyaa studied at Tokyo Tech for nine months from February 2013. In her graduation speech, which she delivered in Arabic, English and Japanese, she mentioned reminiscences of days spent at Tokyo Tech. As supporters of E-JUST, we at Tokyo Tech are proud of having turned out such excellent graduates.

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Professor Ichimura, Advisor to the Dean of the School of EECE, delivers degrees

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Speech by Dr. Alyaa, Representative of the Graduates

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Group photo with graduates

(2) ICIE 2015
The 2nd E-JUST International Conference on Innovative Engineering (ICIE 2015) is held to promote higher education in the Middle East and Africa through the sharing of activity reports from E-JUST and Japan.
The conference was organized under the auspices of H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and chaired by E-JUST Vice President Suzuki. Many participants representing academia and business from Japan, Egypt, and neighboring nations attended.

①May 20
The Conference began with welcome remarks by Vice President Suzuki in an Opening Session held in the evening of May 19. Following speeches by the Ambassador of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt H.E. Takehiro Kagawa and E-JUST President Ahmed El-Gohary, we attended the Opening Lecture entitled "Overview of Higher Education in Japan" by Professor Katsuhiko Shirai, Former President and Professor Emeritus of Japan's Waseda University. Professor Shirai serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for E-JUST.
Mr. Kiyoshi Kodera, Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) gave the Keynote Lecture entitled "JICA's Contribution to Higher Education." This was followed by a series of invited lectures that described activities sponsored by Japan and conducted by universities in the Middle East and Africa to promote higher education in Egypt and surrounding nations. Professor Ichimura of Tokyo Tech gave a lecture on "Educational Linking between Universities and Schools." Introducing educational programs, such as the Super Science High School Project and Science Partnership Program, which are sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan's Science and Technology Agency, Professor Ichimura shared examples of Tokyo Tech's contributions to local education and discussed exchanges conducted at E-JUST for high school students in Egypt.

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Professor Suzuki's Opening Remarks (May 19)

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Professor Ichimura's lecture on May 20

②May 21
The conference sessions on May 21 were focused on activities conducted through linkages between E-JUST, Japanese universities and local industries to promote innovation. Professor Yoshitoshi Tanaka of Tokyo Tech's Graduate School of Innovation Management gave a keynote lecture entitled "Japanese experience in implementing and managing a technology transfer office," which focused on Tokyo Tech's experiences in intellectual property creation as a result of industry-government-academia cooperation.

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Professor Tanaka's keynote lecture on May 21

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Professor Tanaka receiving a certificate and gift from the President of E-JUST

Following Professor Tanaka's lecture, participants divided into two groups for reports on activities by E-JUST's eight departments. Tokyo Tech, which supports the Industrial Engineering and Systems Management Department (IEsM), the Energy Resources Engineering Department (ERE) and the Environmental Engineering Department (ENV), was mentioned several times. Dr. Yoshihisa Matsushita, a graduate of Tokyo Tech, JICA specialist and Adjunct Professor in E-JUST's Technology Management Department (TMD), also shared a presentation in which he mentioned Tokyo Tech. We appreciated the recognition of Tokyo Tech's contributions to the operations of E-JUST.

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Dr. Matsushita's report on the Technology Management Department (TMD)

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Research report by an E-JUST student on local activities conducted in cooperation with Tokyo Tech