UCCD Extension Launch
The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the extension of the University Centers for Career Development (UCCD) project in the presence of The Minister of Higher Education.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ayman Ashour; President of The American University in Cairo, Ahmad Dallal and USAID Deputy Director, Margaret Sancho attended the extension launch of the UCCD project. AUC Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman, AUC Counselor Mohamed Hamza, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities Mustafa Refaat, and presidents of Egyptian universities joined the ceremony. During the ceremony, Provost Abdel Rahman and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities, Mustafa Refaat, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the new UCCDs.
The UCCD project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by AUC, aims to establish and operate career development centers to help students and graduates plan their career paths in the labor market and help them acquire the required skills. In its extension, the project will include nine Egyptian public universities, three technological universities (Bani Suef Technological University, Delta Technological University, and New Cairo Technological University), and four not-for-profit universities (Galala International University, King Salman International University, New Mansoura University, and Alamein International University) to reach a total of 46 UCCDs in 34 partner Egyptian universities by the end of 2026.
Minister Ashour confirmed the following in his speech, “The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research seeks to have a university center for career development in every university, as the role of the ministry is no longer limited to academic education, but the ministry and universities seek to support students and graduates to improve their personal skills to keep pace with the requirements of the labor market. The UCCDs provide an integrated model for guiding students and graduates through developing their entrepreneurship skills, employment and leadership skills, English language and specialized technical skills.”
AUC President Dallal emphasized in his speech, “The geographical and temporal extension of the project’s scope asserts to the positive impact that the UCCDs are having. Over the past years, UCCDs centers stretching from Aswan to Alexandria have helped thousands of students obtain career guidance, employability skills, technical training, and access to job and training opportunities. Today, with the support of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the generous contribution of the United States Agency for International Development, the project will expand to provide career guidance services to millions of students through 46 centers in 34 universities across Egypt."
AUC will equip and qualify the UCCD staff as career facilitators to provide career guidance services to university students. The project also works closely with universities to prepare sustainability plans for the centers to be able to provide professional services and support to students after the end of the project.
It is worth noting that the UCCD project works on identifying the needs and gaps in the labor market by conducting field studies and surveys and establishing partnerships with business owners to provide the necessary information to the universities to reflect the results of these studies in curricula and study programs in various disciplines.