Egyptian university graduates are now more effectively transitioning to employment through career guidance and employability skills training offered by USAID University Centers for Career Development. In coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the private sector, USAID is establishing 21 sustainable career development centers at 13 public universities across Egypt. These centers will serve more than 70 percent of all public university students in Egypt, including specialized support for students with disabilities, by providing them with career mentoring, employability skills, English language training, private sector networking, internships and, ultimately, jobs.
The concept of career development centers is new to Egyptian public universities and is based on a successful model that has private sector engagement at its core. Established centers have created a strong network with local private industry representatives to better understand what skills are in demand for entry-level professional employees. This information is then used to both tailor training by the center and as well relevant classroom instruction.
Implementing Partner: American University in Cairo; Life of Project: September 2017 – September 2021; Total Estimated Cost: $20.8 million; Governorates: Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef, Cairo, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Menoufia, Minya, Qalyoubia, Sharqia, Sohag.