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SWOT Analysis: The Case of Egyptian Partners


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SWOT Analysis: The Case of Egyptian Partners
Prof. Omar Ramzy, Heliopolis University
Europe Regional Meeting 2019
13-14 September, 2019, Heraklion, Greece

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SWOT Analysis: The Case of Egyptian Partners

  1. 1. STRENGTHS OPPORTUNITIESWEAKNESSES THREATS S OW T SWOT ANALYSIS The Case of Egyptian Partners Presented by Dr. Omar Ramzy on behalf of the Egyptian Partners
  2. 2. STRENGTHS S • International partnerships with universities that address the CCSAFS themes • Interdisciplinary approach at Heliopolis University among the different faculties • Founding the first organic agriculture faculty in Egypt at Heliopolis University • ICT facilities that support blended learning programs • Several projects were implemented at Heliopolis University that address the CCSAFS themes
  3. 3. STRENGTHS S • Very strong research department that supports the research areas of CCSAFS • Egyptian Biodynamic Agriculture Association (EBDA) is part of SEKEM and is located at Heliopolis University premises • As part of indirect promotion, the M.Sc. Could be disseminated within the events that take place at HU Premises (e.g. The International Conference of Scaling up Agro-ecology that took place on the 12th of September, 2019- CCSAFS Master Students joined this conference)
  4. 4. STRENGTHS S • The Center of Education for Sustainable Development (CESD) at Heliopolis University supports the curriculum development process • The program is unique and distinguished among Egyptian universities in terms of its multidisciplinary nature and its alignment with SDG's • Synchronizing the projects that are implemented in the faculty of Engineering especially Food, Energy, and Water Nexus (TriNex Erasmus+ Project) • The botanical garden at HU Campus will facilitate practical experiments of the M.Sc. Program
  5. 5. STRENGTHS S • Number of qualified experts in the field of climate change, sustainable agriculture and food security • Supportive administration • The alumni from the ICT & ESD master program in Frederick University will support the blended learning approach • SEKEM was founded in 1977 based on the organic agriculture principle
  6. 6. STRENGTHS S • The infrastructure and capacity building of the participating universities were enhanced to serve the implementation of the M.Sc. Program efficiently • Accredited program from the Supreme Council of Universities • Revised and ready to use course specification • SEKEM is involved in a huge number of projects while having limited number of staff which may hinder achieving the project objectives effectively
  7. 7. • Education for Sustainable Development awareness is not well established in Egypt • Weak dissemination • Insufficient budget in order to promote the program • Lack of student financial supporting programs • Low level of English language proficiency among students enrolled in the program WEAKNESSES W
  8. 8. • Lack of expert in the field of agriculture from the beginning of the project • Some of the staff are lacking the ICT competencies needed for teaching in the M.Sc. • Lack of staff competencies needed to deal with blending learning systems • Staff member’s internal interaction is weak WEAKNESSES W
  9. 9. • Stakeholders are willing to support CCSAFS with training internships • Official national and local interest in climate change education programs • The labor market is demanding climate change specialists • We can strength collaboration with donors concerned with CCSAFS • Staff are motivated to learn modern teaching techniquesOPPORTUNITIES O
  10. 10. • The government direction towards cutting the subsidies of the chemical fertilizers gives the partners an opportunity to promote the program • The government is intending to mainstream organic agriculture practices within the 1.5 million hectare reclamation project • Organic agriculture is one of the main dimensions of Egypt’s 2030 vision for sustainable development • Alignment with the international trends towards studying climate change OPPORTUNITIES O
  11. 11. • Low command of English among potential applicants • Low level of ICT awareness which might hinder applicants’ ability to use CCSAFS LMS • Students may be reluctant to join the program due to the high tuition fees • The challenge of getting foreign students to apply in the M.Sc. due to security reasonsTHREATS T
  12. 12. • The economic situation in Egypt is in favour of conventional products rather than organic products • The organic market in Egypt is not dominating yet and its market share is too low compared with the conventional market THREATS T