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British Council celebrates UK alumni in Egypt

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  • Three Egyptian winners awarded for distinguished career achievements and entrepreneurship.
  • 1,400 Applications were received from alumni from more than 120 UK universities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Cairo, 27 February 2019, the British Council announced three Egyptian winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2018-19 at an awarding ceremony in the British Embassy in Cairo. In total, nine UK alumni in Egypt were shortlisted and recognised for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Egypt.

The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its fifth year, the award received more than 1400 applications from international UK alumni in more than 100 countries, representing more than 120 UK higher education institutions across the UK. Following in-depth interviews with a judging panel, recipients were selected for the three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial, and Social Impact.

The Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, was presented by the adventurer and entrepreneur, Omar Samra to the winner Samir Omara, graduate of University of Exeter. Samir is the Head of Professional Development for Teachers First Professional Development Program run by the Egyptian Ministry of Education.

The Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, was presented by Khaled Habib, Radio Presenter and CEO fit-for-life, to the winner Maha Helali, a graduate of University College London. Maha is now the Vice-Head of a new Committee for Women with Disabilities (WwD) within the National Council for Women (NCW), and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 Most Influential Women by Amwal Al Ghad magazine in its Outstanding Women Initiative to empower women.

The Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation or creative solutions, was presented by the founder of “Azza Fahmy Jewelery”, Azza Fahmy to the winner Omnia Fathy El Rashidy, a graduate of the Sheffield Hallam University. Omnia’s community-based medical programme enhances the quality of life for families with disabled children. She worked as a Medical Consultant for the National Council of Disabilities and Function in Egypt and currently, takes her expertise to hospitals, teaching those professionals her newly-adopted treatment approach.

This year’s winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of juries that included Elizabeth White, British Council Egypt Director, Sahar Khamis, Head of Education, British Council Egypt, Shadia Fahim, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the British University in Egypt, Nevine Sharaf, Chevening Programme Manager at the British Embassy, Khaled Habib, Radio Presenter and CEO fit-for-life, Mohamed Salaheen, General Secretary at the National Engineering Committee, Supreme Council of Universities and Heba Kholief, Winner of Social Impact Award in the 2017 UK Alumni Awards.

British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams said: “Bringing together Egyptian talent and British education is a recipe for success. The winners of the awards today show just how true this is.  We’re working to give more Egyptians the opportunity to benefit from the UK’s world-leading education system, not just in the UK but here in Egypt too, including through a growing number of partnerships between British and Egyptian institutions”

Elizabeth White, Director British Council in Egypt, said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements a number of outstanding Egyptian alumni of UK universities, in this year’s Study UK Alumni awards. Every one of the finalists has used their experience of UK study, and all their own abilities, skills and initiatives, to make a career in which they have made a significant difference. Each and every one has a very compelling story to tell.  The British Council is proud to present this year’s awards for the third year in Egypt, and we know that everyone will be impressed by the inspiration and the positive impact the winning alumni have brought to the world we live in.”

Egypt is the first country to host the awards this year and will be followed by awarding ceremonies in a further twelve countries, including Ghana, Pakistan, and the USA.

 

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President El Sisi Attends the Inauguration of Rod El Farag Axis Bridge

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The inauguration of Rod El Farag Axis was earlier today, and the opening was held in the presence of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi. The bridge links the areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo and is meant to reduce commuting time and limit traffic.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Adviser for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir and a number of state officials, also attended the opening.

The bridge will be parallel to the 26 July Corridor, which links 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed City with Greater Cairo.

Egypt received a Guinness World Records’ certificate on Wednesday on Road al-Farag for being the widest suspension bridge in the world.

The news is yet to be published on the website of Guinness World Records. 

Talal Omar, the Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the MENA region handed over the certificate to Mohamed Mohsen Salah, President and CEO of Arab Contractors company.

Around 4,000 engineers, technicians and other workers have contributed in the construction of the bridge, that costs LE 5 billion ($292.7 while the second phase of the project costs LE 4 billion.

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A Double Tomb Discovered Today at the Pyramids

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Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced the discovery of a double tomb that was uncovered earlier today at the Pyramids.

The double tomb dates back to the first half of the fifth dynasty (2563 – 2423 BC), and was discovered by Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by the General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

According to a statement from Anani during a press conference, the tomb was reused during the times of the 26th dynasty. While Waziri explained that the mission started back in August 2018. 

450 cubic meters of sands had to be removed in order to unearth this discovery! Waziri also added that the uncovered tomb is located in the south-eastern area of the pyramids.

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass attended the press conference that was held after the discovery, ‘’ One of the two owners of the tomb is the priest of King Khafra, the whole world is watching this great discovery that dates back to the fifth dynasty’’ Hawass announced during the press conference.

It is indeed very impressive that we are yet unearthing more of Egypt’s legacy, according to Hawass, only 30% of discoveries are unveiled! And that Egypt contains an enormous number that is yet to be uncovered.

Some closed coffins were found inside the tombs, in addition to a number of archaeological finds belonging to the priest.

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First Image for the Black Hole released

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Astronomers have taken the very first image of a black hole, located in a distant galaxy of 40 billion KM, and astronomers have named it ‘A Monster’.

The black hole is 500 million trillion km away, the image was taken by a network of eight telescopes across the world.

Details have been published today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.

“What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System,” he said.

“It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe.”

The image shows a ‘ring of fire’ as described by Prof Falcke, surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole. The bright halo is caused by super-heated gas. This light is brighter than all of the countless stars combined! That’s why it can be seen from afar distance from Earth.

The picture was revealed at simultaneous press conferences across the world today, including one in Europe that you can watch in the following video.

 

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