It seems very much like the Japan-Malaysia project, with an agreement that kicks the whole thing off and a schedule that sounds far too ambitious. If the project got started in August 2008, one has to wonder, for a start, why it took them over half a year to make a real announcement.
It seems like a lot of universities have signed on 'in support', but it seems doubtful as to whether any organization is really taking on the responsibilities of making sure this gets started in a sustainable way. It's the same with the Japan-Malaysia project.
E-JUST is a joint Egyptian and Japanese university that is based on close 'partnership' between the two governments. The university is targetting 'world class' research and teaching quality with regional and global reach.
The implementation of this pioneer project has started in August 2008. It has been decided to start a postgraduate program in September 2009 in a temporary location in Mubarak City for Science and Technology Applications (MuCSAT) and for the fully fledged operation of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs to start in September 2011.
His Excellency the prime minister Dr Ahmed Nazif has kindly witnessed signing the 'Bilateral Agreement' of E-JUST. The declaration is signed by His Excellency the minister of Higher Education and Research Dr Hany Hilal, Her Excellency the minister of International Cooperation Mrs. Fayza Aboulnaga, and his Excellency ambassador of Japan Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa.
The signing ceremony was held on March the 26th, 2009, at the Smart Village, Cairo. The event is also announced at the MOFA website.
Consortium E-JUST Supporting Bodies
E-JUST supporting bodies are:
* A consortium of 12 top Universities from Japan, and 8 Universities from Egypt, and MuCSAT in Borg el Arab
* An expert team from Egyptian Universities and Industry
* Dedicated Japanese partners from MEXT, JICA, MOFA and other Japanese stakeholders.
Japanese Supporting University Consortium (JSUC)
* Hokkaido University
* Keio University
* Kyoto University
* Kyushu University
* Nagoya University
* Osaka University
* Ritsumeikan University
* Tohoku University
* Tokyo Institute of Technology
* University of Tokyo
* Waseda University
* Kyoto Institute of Technology
Egyptian Supporting University/Research Institutes Consortium (ESURC)
* Cairo University
* Alexandria University
* Ain-Shams University
* Assiut University
* Mansourah University
* Tanta University
* Suez-Canal University
* Zagazig University
* Mubarak City for Scientific Research and Technology Applications