The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the President of the Academy of Scientific Research, the President of Ain Shams University and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering witnessed the opening of the second edition of the Electric Car Rally in the administrative capital. The Minister of Higher Education thanked the Academy of Scientific Research and Ain Shams University for their role in organizing the rally.
Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education expressed his thanks to the Academy of Scientific Research and Ain Shams University for their great role in organizing the second edition of the electric car rally, which saw 31 universities trained for 160 days by specialists in the field of cars. As we see it today, 60% of the electric cars are manufactured in Egypt, which indicates that we have the capabilities and minds capable of innovation, as well as universities and students working for this country.
For his part, Dr. Mahmoud Sakr said that the rally is concerned with home-made electric cars, based on Egyptian university students. The aim is to build a strong program for the automotive industry in Egypt, and to assemble the young Egyptian capabilities of engineers and students of the final years. This comes in line with the state's plans for development and encouraging local industry.
In his speech Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of Ain Shams University, expressed his full support for the University's creativity and innovation, as well as linking industry with scientific research and education.
Prof. Dr. Ayman Ashour, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, said that the rally is not only an electric car race but a manufacturing of those cars and how to link the educational process with industry to achieve Egypt's vision of 2030 and the development of the Egyptian economy through local manufacturing and create a generation of engineers capable of innovation and creativity.
He also reviewed the beginning of the idea when the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, a team of racing under the supervision of professors specialized in automotive engineering and then participated in many competitions to win the first prize in manufacturing at the level of universities in the world were honored by Mr. Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Republic last year. He pointed out that some foreign universities have cooperated with us in the manufacture of an electric car and has already been cooperation with the University of Sussex, noting that the year 2020 will see the first international Formula in Egypt.
Prof. Dr. Maged Ghanima, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Ain Shams University, explained that the big dream is to develop the electric car industry in Egypt, pointing out that the idea started since 2017 with a discussion within the cabinet and then reviewed many ways that we have been able to enter that industry. The previous year saw the training of 25 universities and the selection of 9 teams.
Engineering teams from the universities of the Nile, the Higher Institute of Engineering, 10th of Ramadan, South Valley University, Ain Shams University, Suez Canal University, Kafr El-Sheikh University, Military Technical College, Russian-Egyptian University, Helwan University, Matareya Branch and Zagazig University participated in the rally. This year, 310 students were trained and qualified through a series of workshops and specialized training courses. Participating teams submitted their design reports.
The Rally of Electric Cars is the first technology competition of its kind in Egypt and the region, to race the models of electric cars designed locally and equipped with a seat, one of the initiatives of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, organized by the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University.