Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education , Ministry of Education - EgyptMinisterial address -Towards a Transformative Education System in Egypt | Panel Discussion: The future of education in the Middle East and Africa: Highlighting lessons learned and opportunities for advancement to create a roadmap for improvement
|Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education , Ministry of Education - Egypt|
Dr. Tarek G. Shawki is well known in academic circles for his work in the area of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics where he received his education at both Cairo University (Egypt) and Brown University (RI, USA). Dr. Shawki taught a variety of engineering and applied mathematics courses to both undergraduate and graduate students over a period of 20 years (1980-1999). Dr. Shawki's research work focused on the behavior of engineering materials and failure mechanisms at high rates of loading. In particular, he focused on the study of shear flow localization (shear band formation) in thermal viscoplastic materials. Dr. Shawki is also known within the international community as a leader in the area of integration of modern ICTs in education, science and culture. Dr. Shawki served as an international civil servant within the United Nations system (UNESCO) for nearly 14 years where he was primarily based in Egypt and Paris, France. Dr. Shawki led numerous global/regional/national projects involving the integration of ICTs in education, science and culture
In addition to his position, Dr Shawki served as the Senior Strategic Advisor to the President for Education and Outreach at the American University in Cairo. From September 2012 until December 2015, Dr Shawki served as the Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo. This academic assignment followed a tenure as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Arab States between 2008 and 2012. Prior to his UNESCO Cairo Office appointment in June 2008, he was the Chief of the Section for ICTs in Education, Science and Culture within the Information Society Division in UNESCO headquarters (Paris, France). Dr Shawki served as the Regional Advisor for Communications and Information at the UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO) between January 1999 and November 2005. Dr Shawki has been a panelist on the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council. His leadership is considered paramount to the Arab region in modernising university education in basic and engineering sciences. Dr Shawki is currently leading national efforts in Egypt, towards building an ‘Egyptian Learning Society’ and managing grand projects to prepare young leaders, train thousands of teachers and to establish the ‘Egyptian Knowledge Bank’ Dr Shawki pioneered the strategic public-private partnerships with the IT corporate within UNESCO, which includes Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Apple Inc. He has been the key architect of the standard setting effort by UNESCO involving the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. Dr Shawki has been developing major programmes involving the effective use of ICTs in education, science and culture.