TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons and Medhat Mounir, president of Information Technology Academy Canada–Africa Branch, Cairo, Egypt (ITACAB) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the universities.
The agreement’s purpose is to strengthen the bonds between the two institutions, further the academic, social and cultural objectives of the institutions, and promote better understanding between the faculty, staff, and students of the respective institutions.
“The signing of the agreement is directly in line with the University’s mission to enhance our international initiatives and programs through education, research and outreach,” Ammons said. “This partnership will expand the global experiences of our faculty and students and provide unique learning opportunities.”
This is the second MOA Ammons has signed since beginning his presidency in July 2007. In May 2008, he signed an agreement with the University of Abuja Nigeria for similar purposes.
Through the newly signed agreement 11 students from the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI), School of Architecture and College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA), will participate in internships in Egypt during the spring 2009 semester.
“I’m elated about this opportunity in Cairo, Egypt,” said Cassandra Jakes, a senior in FAMU’s School of Business and Industry. “We will have the opportunity to consult and analyze their needs and see how we can assist them.”
In addition to internship opportunities for students, the MOA will provide a foundation for faculty exchanges for teaching, training, and consultation; cross-disciplinary research; grant writing; study abroad; undergraduate and/or graduate student studies; and internships/fellowships.
Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Information Technology Academy Canada (ITAC) has been established to link cultures, bridge diversifications and create new opportunities through the introduction of new markets to the higher education sector in Canada and Europe. Based on a proven model, ITAC seeks to access International markets in the Middle East and Europe using a new technology of videoconference over IP (Internet Protocol) and other IT skills.
Their goal is to satisfy the vastly growing needs for high quality education levels in an aggressively competitive environment in education and training. In this respect, ITAC provides a learning environment that fosters relationship building and collaboration in a truly global context.
Through their uniquely and self engineered online education formula, ITAC offers its learners both quality education and flexibility. Unlike the traditional university system, the online E-university lends itself to an adaptable curriculum that can be updated quickly to reflect the development of new issues and trends. ITAC experience and success in adopting and implementing the electronic education system (E-university) led to cooperation with well-known educational institutions.
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