By Mahmoud Foley
CAIRO, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) – An engineering professor introduced the courses to a group of students at the Lubin Workshop at the Ain Shams University in Cairo.
In collaboration with Tianjin Light Industrial Technical College of China, Tianjin Transport Technical College and Ain Shams University of Egypt, the Luba Workshop was set up to provide vocational training for Egyptian youth and prepare them for the job market.
The Luba workshop, which opened in late November 2020, will cover an area of 1,200 square meters in three training rooms. The total cost of the workshop equipment is 9.35 million yuan (approximately $ 1.4 million).
The first class is designed to train students in the application and maintenance of computer numerical control devices, the second is for new energy application technology and the third is for car application and maintenance technology.
Inspired by the success of such workshops in China, Mahmoud al-Metini, president of Ain Shams University, welcomed the idea of setting up a Luban workshop and thanked the two colleges in Tianjin for their contributions.
In the workshop, a white SUV is parked in one corner to train on car repair technology, and the workshop director will show students the parts of the vehicle and how they work in another corner.
He then took the students to the new energy department and showed them the solar power unit and how it works.
According to Luba Workshop CEO Mohamed Ahmed Awad, the workshop opened a month ago as a precautionary measure to prevent the outbreak of CVD-19.
He said he has given two training courses and now he is the third, adding that at least 20 more students will join the workshop in a few days.
The Luba Workshop provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge by enhancing their practical experience. He said this is a big step in education development, especially for engineering students.
He also outlined plans for making the workshop a graduate college with two Egyptian-Chinese degrees.
Ibrahim Abdel Ghafar, 22, of the Faculty of Engineering, has been training at Luba Workshop for two weeks. He thanked the special training programs and the well-equipped laboratories provided by the workshop.
“What I was learning was that I applied it to the faculty through the workshop training program,” he said.
“The Luba Workshop project is a success story between Egyptian and Chinese universities,” said Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Omar Mohammed El Hussein.
“Practical training is more important than theoretical training, especially in the fields of engineering,” Dean told Shinwa.