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May 28, 1998

Egyptians recruited through industry agreement

An agreement has been concluded between the University and CAE Electronics that is aimed at attracting students from two Egyptian universities to Concordia.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and the Dorval-based manufacturer of flight simulators will work together on a proposal that would see top students from Ain-Shams University and Cairo University working at CAE while they study at Concordia, probably in graduate programs in Computer Science and Computer and Electrical Engineering.

According to the agreement, signed May 14 at a reception, CAE will supply bursaries for the students. The students might opt to stay in Canada after graduation and work at CAE, or they could choose to make their work at CAE part of a co-op (work/study) program before they return to Egypt.

Dean Nabil Esmail is an adjunct professor at Ain-Shams University. He, Rector Lowy and Provost Jack Lightstone paid a visit to Ain-Shams and Cairo Universities earlier this year, part of a Middle East tour that also included contacts with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian institutions.

Among those present at the signing were the Rector, Provost Jack Lightstone, CAE president James C. Cherry, CAE vice-president of human resources Hugh Mitchell, and Professor Balbir Sahni, Director of Concordia's Centre for International Academic Cooperation. The agreement will also be signed by the presidents of the Egyptian universities. - BB

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