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    Schneider Electric honors outstanding instructors and students taking part in its educational initiatives

    Cairo, Egypt: August 30, 2016 – Stemming from its continuous support to education and training in Egypt, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, held an awards ceremony to honor outstanding instructors and students who participated in its educational initiatives and programs. The recognition ceremony aims to support and enhance engineering and technical education, while developing skills of future engineers and technicians alike. The ceremony was attended by Eng. Albert Fuchet, Country President, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa; Eng. Hany Shaltoot, Director of Solutions Development, Prescription & Customer Training, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa, Eng. Tarek El Nabarawy, President of the Engineers Syndicate; and a number of Schneider Electric VPs and university professors.  

    To further expand its education and training activities across Egypt, Schneider Electric signed an MoU with Helwan University to establish Schneider Technicians Academy, a technical training center to qualify electricians and technicians. The initiative aims to develop the skill sets of as many technicians as possible under university supervision, as a way to upgrade the technical and professional capabilities of the trainees. The agreement was signed by Eng. Seif Al Demerdash, Distribution Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa and Professor. Azza Barakat, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Helwan University, while the signing ceremony was attended by Eng. Albert Fuchet and Eng. Hany Shaltoot.         

    “At Schneider Electric, we believe in investing in youth, the most valuable asset Egypt possesses," said Eng. Albert Fuchet, Country President, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa. "We also believe that specialized training in the energy sector is a key to help organizations and communities build a more sustainable, energy efficient future around the world. By helping them reach their potential to bring about a more sustainable world, university students and technicians will drive changes in industries and communities, supported by what they have learned through our programs."

    During the event, Schneider Electric demonstrated a number of its initiatives and programs to support the education sector in Egypt. These initiatives include the opening of two training labs at the Faculties of Engineering at Ain Shams and Helwan universities. The labs are equipped with the latest devices and energy management solutions provided by Schneider Electric.

    Schneider Electric has organized a number of training programs dedicated to technicians, aiming to create a new generation of professional technicians. In this regard, Schneider Electric has signed cooperation protocols with major Egyptian universities, educational institutions and syndicates, including "Seeds of Hope" program in cooperation with Don Bosco Institute in Cairo and Alexandria, and the "Professional Electrician" program with NAAS Academy. Schneider Electric honored outstanding students, who participated in its educational and training initiatives including top graduates of NAAS Academy and Don Bosco, batch 2015/2016 as well as outstanding instructors.

    During the ceremony, Schneider Electric honored graduating students of its Energy University™, the online educational portal of Schneider Electric. The top five graduated students of the university received certificate of excellence and valuable gifts, while another 65 students who submitted 12 projects, received certificate of merit and valuable awards, in addition to Schneider Electric technical support to execute their dream projects. The company will offer them technical devices and training by a team of Schneider Electric engineers. The competition topics were related to energy efficiency, safety and protection, automation, and energy management.     

    "We are proud of our ongoing cooperation with public and private Egyptian universities to train and prepare the new generation of Egyptian engineers. We cooperate with Faculty of Engineering in Ain Shams, Helwan, and Al Mostakbal universities, in addition to the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, and others,” said Eng. Hany Shaltoot, Director of Solutions Development, Prescription & Customer Training, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa. "Schneider Electric's interest to develop higher education in general and engineering education in particular, stems from our strategic vision for the Egyptian market, because we believe in Egypt's future, which relies on qualified young generations, who will make a difference."

    "Schneider Electric's market studies revealed that despite the extensive hands-on experience of the Egyptian electrical installation technicians, they are willing to learn more and develop their skills through academic; theoretical and practical training which was not available for most of them before," said Eng. Seif Al Demerdash, Distribution Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa, and the official in charge of the Professional Electrician Program. "Schneider Electric is keen on developing various training programs and establishing training labs to improve the skills of the Egyptian technicians and upgrade their level of professional performance," he added.

    Schneider Electric established its operations in Egypt in 1987 and has around 1400 employees, with its headquarters located in Cairo. The company has several branches across Egypt and an ISO certified Regional Equipment Plant and Product Distribution Center in Badr City. The plant is specialized in manufacturing low and medium voltage panels. Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa exports its products to Sudan, Qatar, UAE, Zambia, Nigeria, Morocco and other countries in the region.   

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