Prof. Ayman Othman, President of Aswan University, witnessed the opening of the activities of the second session on “Surveying Establishments for an Opinion Poll about the Skills Needed in the Labor Market”, in the presence of  Dr. Amal Abdel Wahed, Project Manager for Professional Development Centers at the American University, Dr. Laila Saadi, Deputy Director of the University Center for Professional Development at the university, and Dr. Heba Rashid, representative of the International Labor Organization, and the Jisr Survey Research Company team.

Prof. Ayman Othman, President of Aswan University, stressed during his speech that university centers for professional development in public universities have a positive impact by building bridges of communication between the business sector, industry, business sector companies and the free labor market, through future employees of promising Egyptian university students.

Dr. Laila Saadi, Deputy Director of the Center, added that the course will last for 3 continuous days, with the participation of 10 male and female volunteers at Aswan University, where they were trained in the methods and methodologies of data collection from business owners, adding that the staff of the Professional Development Centers were trained to supervise the process of collecting and analyzing information. And disseminate it, to obtain quantitative and qualitative information about the needs of the local labor market, the prevailing trends and the challenges facing business owners in employing university graduates, in addition to the skills required in the various economic sectors in the governorate.

For the first time in Egypt, a special electronic system will be used for all professional development centers, in order to facilitate the process of collecting and analyzing information. This system has been activated with the support of the International Labor Organization and the Labor Market Observatory of the Ministry of Higher Education.
The implementation of this survey comes within the framework of activities to enhance the capabilities of workers in these centers, as it is one of the components of the University Centers for Professional Development project implemented by the American University in Cairo in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development and the International Labor Organization. Which aims to establish 20 centers for professional development in 13 Egyptian public universities.