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UK and Egyptian universities sign new five-year academic partnership

King’s has signed an agreement with New Giza University (NGU) to support the Egyptian university’s new Economics programme for undergraduates

The School of Politics and Economics at King’s College London has signed a new academic collaboration agreement with NGU to support the design, implementation and delivery of an undergraduate BSc in Economics at the Egyptian university.

The new five-year Academic Collaboration Agreement is the second to be made between King’s and NGU. The first was between King’s Business School and the private university for its undergraduate Business programme which is now in its third successful year.

Professor Sameh Farid, NGU President, and Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President and Vice-Principal International at King’s College London, signed the agreement on Thursday 17 October 2019 on behalf of their respective institutions.

We are very proud to be working with NGU. Any kind of arrangement and meeting of minds between universities that confirms the goal of educating and thereby developing a future generation can only be for the good of the world.– Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin
We believe NGU and King’s College London share the same values which is extremely important to us. We hope that we can build on this new programme of Economics with King’s School of Politics and Economics with more collaborations in the future, extending to differing developmental domains which will have great impact on both a regional and national stage.– Professor Sameh Farid

Welcoming people to the event, Professor Jeremy Jennings, Head of the School of Politics and Economics, said: "We are very pleased that this agreement continues the relationship between King’s College London and NGU and we hope that it will lead to other partnerships in the future."

Other senior academics and leaders from King’s who attended the ceremony included Professor Frans Berkhout, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, Professor Mark Pennington, Head of the Department of Political Economy, Professor John Gearson, Vice-Dean International, Professor Stephen Bach, Executive Dean of King’s Business School, Darren Wallis, Chief Operating Officer of King’s Business School and Catherine Thristan, Director of Professional Education.

Sir Derek Plumbly, former British Ambassador to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Trustee on the NGU Board and King’s Visiting Professor also joined the celebrations in the Council Room in the King’s Building.

Similar to the collaboration with King’s Business School, the Department of Political Economy will support NGU with curriculum design, quality assurance and capacity building for its undergraduate programme.