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Ain Shams University faculties preparations for the new academic year

All faculties of Ain Shams University prepared to receive the new academic year, with an expanded package of directives and instructions regarding adherence to the plan to confront the Corona virus, in order to ensure the safety of students, faculty members and university workers, in a manner that does not affect the course of the educational process, and in this regard all university faculties have implemented a system called Hybrid education that depends on the combination of e-learning and direct education within certain limits and controls.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, is preparing for this year to receive the new academic year with many decisions and procedures.

This was directed by Prof. Dr. Maged Abu El-Enein, Dean of the Faculty, a speech to his students, in which he said: At the beginning of the new academic year 2020-2021, I would like to extend the best heartfelt wishes to our children, old and new students who wish to carry the education message to serve our dear homeland, Egypt.

Abu Al-Enein added that the current academic year is witnessing unprecedented changes in the level of higher education throughout Egypt's modern history. This is due to the Corona pandemic, which carried with it many positives despite what we suffer from fears and crises on the various health, economic and social levels.

He also confirmed that the Faculty of Education, along with other faculties of the ancient university, faced this severe crisis, thanks to God, and then thanks to its promising leadership, headed by His Excellency Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of the University and his respected deputies, through an integrated systemic work that is characterized by providing support and effective communication.

He pointed out that the precautionary measures that have been taken have not stopped since March 15, 2020, until the end of postgraduate examinations on October 14th, and in preparation for the start of studies in the hybrid education system that combines traditional and distance education. The Faculty prepared by actually completing some procedures on the ground in coordination with the university leadership, which are summarized as follows:

Establish a remote e-learning unit specialized in dealing with faculty members and providing everything related to processing and dealing with e-courses in terms of providing software and training on its use, whether in the process of preparation or remote application, the most important of which is the "Model" program, which provides a virtual environment for interaction between the professor and his students as well as Zoom software and Microsoft Team system.

Activating the activities of the Crisis Management Unit through a distinguished group of faculty members and the assisting body whose mission is to link with the coordinators of academic departments to facilitate dealing with the variables related to dealing with the crisis.

Implementing electronic applying and branching procedures for new students that include electronically writing of requests, conducting career readiness tests for new students, as well as internal branching (coordination) using specialized software and means; Through it, students were distributed among the different divisions of the academic departments of the faculty , which generally number seventeen specialized departments in three areas: the first of which is the scientific field and has four departments: mathematics, chemistry, physics, biological and geological sciences. The second field is literary, and it has seven departments: Arabic, Islamic Studies, English, French, German, Geography, History, Philosophy and Sociology. As for the third field, it is the educational field and it includes six departments, two of which accept first-degree students, namely the two departments of educational psychology and the department of special education, while there are four other educational departments that are limited to granting certificates and degrees in postgraduate studies, namely the departments of pedagogy, comparative education and educational administration, curricula and teaching methods , Mental health and psychological counseling.

Creating an official e-mail as well as a special site for each student on the university’s website and providing introductory and training videos about its uses for students in all teams, so that they are constantly available on the faculty ’s website, allowing optimal use of electronic media in the teaching and learning processes.

Transforming all academic courses into electronic copies that are easy to handle and code-protected ... as well as with the intellectual property rights of the author in a manner that guarantees justice for the student, professor and university community; where the student receives it on a compact disc (CD) containing the scientific content of all the courses that the student studies throughout the two semesters, as well as links (links) of references and various learning resources and even the accompanying assignments in anticipation of a face-to-face study cessation altogether.

It is worth noting that the list of accredited hours for bachelors and licenses was issued by Ministerial Resolution No. 3963 of 27/9/2020; After completing the preparation of all the decisions of the old list, which doubled the efforts of the work teams.

Seek the assistance of the efforts and activities of our children, students of the Faculty of Education Union and the leaders of the various student groups, who have already done well in receiving new students and applying all possible precautionary measures in this field; As the liaison between Faculty leadership, youth welfare management and fellow students.

Hold a number of training courses and workshops to introduce the model and electronic media program in learning for all categories of faculty members and their assistants (their number reached about 400, 62% of the total members), as well as training student leaders (200 students) for guidance and direct communication with their colleagues to ensure Defining sources of information; In cooperation with the Distance E-Learning Unit and the Quality Assurance Unit.

Preparing a schedule for study weeks with 50% attendance and 50% remote exchange throughout the semester; Where students of the first and second classes only attend the Faculty in the individual weeks of study (1, 3, 5, 7, ... etc.), then they study on a "remote" system in the marital weeks (2, 3, 5, 7, ... etc.), while it happens. The opposite is for students of the second and third divisions, in a way that guarantees the permanent reduction of the number of students present at the same time to half the force.

Sterilizing halls and teaching laboratories daily between different groups and contracting with a cleaning company to take care of the toilets and provide a safe and healthy environment.

Providing electronic thermometers and measuring the temperature of students and individuals before entering the Faculty campus, adhering to wearing a protective mask, providing an isolation room and implementing the preventive plan for the infection control unit, and extending the working period of the Faculty clinic until six in the evening. With designated entry doors for students, equipped with corridors to regulate influx, and a sun shade while waiting with colored markers on the ground to indicate safe distances.

At the end of his speech, Abu El-Enein assured that he wishes from God an academic year that will witness the exit from the pandemic and the end of the epidemic and the scourge ... and keep our Egypt safe.

Faculty of Science

On the occasion of the start of the academic year 2020-2021, the Faculty of Science at Ain Shams University made preparations for this event to sterilize all halls in the faculty with the continuation of the work of the Preventive Supervision and Occupational Health and Safety Committee, which was formed during the exams, this was stated by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ragaa Muhammad Al-Satouhi, Dean of the Faculty, and he added that the faculty has equipped the new e-learning platform to comply with the hybrid education system, so that e-learning is integrated with face-to-face education to ensure the safety of students, indicating that the faculty displays an introductory video about its study programs through displays at the faculty entrances.

Faculty of Dentistry

Prof. Dr. Muhammed Diaa El-Din, Dean of the Faculty, stated that a number of precautionary measures have been taken to confront the Coronavirus, following the instructions of Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of Ain Shams University, including dividing new students over different days in alphabetical order to avoid crowding, and schedules were also prepared for students so that one batch is divided into two halves. The first half of students attend three days a week (Saturday - Monday - Wednesday) and the other half days (Sunday - Tuesday - Thursday).

Prof. Dr. Karim Al-Batouti, Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs, said that student gatherings in the lecture hall were canceled and replaced with lectures of small numbers so that a distance of two meters is available between each student and the other.

He added that the first three weeks of lectures have been uploaded to the faculty’s electronic educational platform, and the rest of the lectures will be uploaded in succession. The required requirements to activate the virtual classroom system have been prepared to serve the e-learning process, and students were also divided into classes and clinics so that the number of students does not exceed (13 students in the clinic to ensure the availability of the distances required for the precautionary measures.

Faculty of Childhood

The Faculty of Graduate Studies for Childhood at Ain Shams University has prepared for the new academic year with many precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students. Prof. Dr. Howayda Al-Gebali, Dean of the Faculty, said that the numbers were reduced by half, and rooms with larger spaces were made available for students, with the separation of study days and the allocation of days for masters’ students and other days for students and doctoral researchers.

She explained that the temperature will be measured for students, visitors and employees before entering the gates on a daily basis, and to make sure to adhere to putting masks with the use of stairs in ascending and descending except in sick cases, taking into account avoiding overcrowding and crowding with the provision of sterilizers significantly in the lecture halls and reducing the number of students inside and providing sterilizers in the center for people with special needs, with measuring the temperature of children and their families before entering on a daily basis, taking care to maintain social distancing.

Faculty of Computer and Information

Within the framework of the administration of the Faculty of Computers and Information at Ain Shams University to take all safety measures for students, faculty members and administrators, Prof. Dr. Nawa Badr, Dean of the Faculty, said that all precautionary measures have been taken to limit the spread of the "Covid-19" virus in preparation for the start of the new academic year 2020/2021, noting that the faculty , stands and halls have been sterilized with the application of prevention methods for everyone, with an emphasis on wearing masks and periodic sterilization.

She added that a hybrid education system will be implemented, with a combination of distance education and face-to-face education to ensure the safety of students.

Faculty of Specific Education

The Faculty of Specific Education at Ain Shams University prepared to receive its students for the new academic year 2020/2021, with a number of procedures and decisions, as Prof. Dr. Osama Al-Sayed, the Dean of the Faculty, stressed that students would not be allowed to enter the faculty campus without wearing a mask while providing masks for students whose face was damaged.

He added that the students' temperatures will be measured during admission and prevented from entering if their temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees, except after they are presented to the medical staff, for which a place has been allocated directly next to the gate, and the eligible cases will be transferred to Ain Shams University hospitals.

He explained that disinfectants and alcohol were provided in the faculty and 2 spraying machines to sterilize the stands, the courtyard, the classrooms, the entrances and the stairs daily before the start of the school day and after its end.

Prof. Dr. Osama El-Sayed added that the faculty security, in cooperation with the Students' Union, will organize work with new and old students to deal with student affairs, graduate affairs and the treasury, so that they are moved in the form of small groups to prevent the process of overcrowding and crowding in front of the offices, and all academic teams in all departments were divided into groups according to numbers Each group is to install students and move faculty members between the stands to deliver lessons to students.

He indicated that the applied materials will be divided into groups, provided that one group does not exceed 10 students, and that the time allocated for the discussion will also be distributed among groups.

In order to preserve social distancing, work and teaching will take place inside the stands at one-third of the absorptive capacity. Osama stressed the necessity of having a distance between each student of not less than a meter with all windows open and the student attending two days a week for the General Division students and three days for special education.

Finally, he noted that scientific leadership and academic guidance will be implemented, and some applied work will be submitted electronically, while the working hours of the faculty library will be extended until five in the evening, and the door to borrowings is opened more.

Faculty of Art

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Mortada, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, continued intensive preparations for the start of the new academic year 2020-2021, which include carrying out some renovations in the faculty buildings and completing maintenance work for laboratories, runways and classrooms, ensuring the safety and maintenance of study tools and sources of ventilation and carrying out urgent, comprehensive and simple maintenance work And maintenance of computers and laboratory equipment.

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Mortada stressed the need to implement precautionary measures to limit the spread of the "Covid-19" virus and reduce the chances of infection with it through the application of all health safety rules, as well as the application of social distancing requirements to prevent the spread of the virus, which includes providing rooms for medical isolation in the event of presence Any emergency situation that needs quick aid before transporting it to university hospitals, in addition to requiring faculty members, the assisting body, students and all workers to wear a mask, disinfecting and sterilizing the study halls after each lecture, and distributing school hours throughout the day so that the duration of one lecture does not exceed an hour and a half , In addition to increasing (the number of classes) to reduce the number of students per section, and also providing preparations to continue studying electronically and remotely in the event that new decisions are issued by the university administration in the interest of all members of the educational process.

Prof. Dr. Mortada emphasized that the faculty pays special attention to students with special needs and students of the Electronic Vision Center, as the faculty provides academic and scientific support to them through direct communication with them and with parents to provide the best educational service and to answer all their inquiries.

For her part, Prof. Dr. Hanan Kamel, Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs, explained that the academic schedules for all departments of the faculty for all teams and levels had been announced, and they were published on the faculty ’s official page on Facebook, as well as the names of new students admitted to the various departments of the faculty.

Faculty of Pharmacy

a. Dr.. Khaled Abu Shanab, the acting dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, stated that the faculty has made all preparations and taken all precautionary measures that have been approved by Ain Shams University for the start of the academic year 2020/2021 to ensure the safety of our students ... as the faculty has contracted with a company to sterilize and disinfect The stands, and the batches were divided into groups to ensure social distancing between students. Students were also instructed not to enter without masks.

Prof. Dr. Amani Osama, Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs and Acting Vice Dean for Community Service and Environmental Development, explained that the hybrid education system will be implemented, which is the integration of distance education and face-to-face education to ensure the safety of new and old students, stressing that the health and safety of students is one of the faculty 's priorities and we always strive in our laboratories we apply safety and security conditions.

Faculty of Al-Alsun

Prof. Dr. Salwa Rashad, Dean of Faculty of Al-Alsun, said that the faculty administration is based on implementing a plan for the maintenance and development of the faculty ’s facilities and facilities within the framework of preparations for the new academic year 2020/2021, under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of the University, Prof. Abdel-Fattah Saud, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, and the plan includes maintenance of the faculty buildings such as runways, faculty offices and toilets. With the aim of identifying the infrastructure and furniture that requires development and conducting comprehensive maintenance operations for the faculty property.

Dean of the Faculty, indicated that the faculty administration is working at full capacity from specialized technical cadres, administrators and civil defense men in order to prepare for the new academic year early, stressing that the faculty is keen to provide the best capabilities to serve the new and old faculty children and to provide all means of comfort and safety for them so that they can develop In an effective way, they can benefit from the academic experiences provided by the faculty professors.

In a related context, Prof. Salwa Rashad, Dean of Al-Alsun Faculty at Ain Shams University, accompanied by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Al-Fayoumi, Head of the Department of Architecture and Site Coordination at the Faculty of Engineering, who is responsible for the university’s development processes within the work team of the Faculty of Engineering Consulting Center, and Prof. Dr. Ayman Farid at the Faculty of Engineering Consulting Center and a number of engineers at the University’s Engineering Department. Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of the University, and Prof. Abdel Fattah Saud, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, this inspection tour comes in a quick reaction from the faculty administration, after announcing the establishment of 13 educational halls that can accommodate a maximum of 22 students in each hall, to support new programs in the faculty, develop educational halls and provide them with all technological devices, which is to be completed within days.

Dean of the Faculty, assured that the faculty ’s administration has developed, during its envisions for the construction project, to create a new outlet for students. From the sun's rays, work is also underway to establish new toilets in the faculty yard to meet the requirements of students ’university life. Work will also be made to provide the faculty nursery with a number of seats and umbrellas to create a suitable environment for students to sit during their school day at the faculty.