Unesco Chairs

Chair Manager

*Prof. Dr. Boshra Mossaad Mohamed Awad  Professor of Physical Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education, Ain Shams University
* Director of the Information Technology Unit and the E-Learning Unit at the Faculty
* Director of the Quality Assurance Unit at the Faculty (2015-2020)
* Founder and former Director of the National E-Learning Center at the Supreme Council of Universities, Ministry of Higher Education
* Founder and former Director of the E-Learning Center at Ain Shams University
* Member of the National Committee for Developing an E-Learning Strategy for Higher Education

Who is A.D. Boshra Massad Awad?
* Prof. Boshra Mossaad Mohamed Awad is the only Egyptian woman who have won the UNESCO Chair for three successive times and ALECSO Chair as well. Thus, Ain Shams University is the only Egyptian university that won three successive times the UNESCO Chair in addition to the ALECSO Chair are:

First: The UNESCO Twinning Agreement (1997-2004)
UNESCO, ALECSO and ISESCO project to develop and improve the teaching and learning chemistry in the Middle East using new technologies (e-learning and CD-ROM) (1997 - 2004)

Second: UNESCO Chair for Women in Science and Technology (2010-2016)

Third: UNESCO Chair to Empower Women through Science and Technology (2018 - present)

Fourth: She also won the position of Director of the ALECSO Chair to Empower the Arab Women through Science and Technology in the Arab region (2020 - present).

Fifth: She also received the Principal Investigator for the International Project (Africa Higher Education Collaborative; AHEC; that was a project on the competition-bases launched by the Ford Foundation, through which Dr. Boshra Awad created an African virtual university to exchange experiences and improve education in Africa through teaching and learning using new technologies, Internet and ICT (2009).
* She is a professor of physical and organic chemistry, Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education, Ain Shams University. She received a PhD in physical organic chemistry from Ain Shams University.
* She has worked as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (USA) (1995, 1998-2001), and at the University of Texas, Austin (USA) (1996), Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), At the Industrial Institute of the Forest Products Research Laboratory, Sweden (1977-1978).
* Supervised a scientific channel student in the Chemistry Department in the Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education in collaboration with Department of Chemistry, Institute of Industrial Technology, Berlin, Germany to award her Ph.D. in Applied Technological Chemistry, from (1980).

She has worked as a visiting professor in:
* Moreover, she received a master’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) with the title Theme “Making Virtual Classroom a Reality and Producing E-Learning Courses” (November 2001).

She held the position of director in several places including:
Quality Assurance and Accreditation Unit at the Faculty of Women for Arts and Sciences and Education, Information and Communication Technology Unit (currently), E-learning Unit at the College (currently), Quality Assurance of E- Learning Unit at the Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education (currently), Founder and First Director for the National E-Learning Center (NELC) (2004-2008), founder and director for the E-Learning Center at Ain Shams University (2008 – 2010) and Project Management unit, Ain Shams University (2000-2004).
* She was the first one in the world who published writing in Arabic letters on the Internet. (Copyright reserved 1997).
* She has experiences in information and communication technology, e-learning and mobile learning, where she is proficient in various learning management systems (LMS) such as BlackBoard, WebCT, Centra, Moodle, content development tools, education and production standards.  Mastered the development of blended e-learning, interactive teaching and simulation courses for e-learning, CDs and mobile learning in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt.  Established the Faculty networking infrastructure and IT applications, and implemented the online assessment (Thirty thousand) students in the faculties of Ain Shams University. (Final exams in May 2008 and 2009), as well as for Saudi graduate students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who were received diploma exams, Pre-Masters and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University (2013).
* Held training and workshops in the fields of copyright, e-learning, virtual class rooms and virtual labs, and published 105 e-learning courses in Open Education in the faculties of Agriculture, Commerce and Law, Ain Shams University. (2014-2015)  Mastered and deployed the development and implementation of e-learning, virtual classes, multimedia and video conferencing in the Ministry of Education in Egypt (2001-2005.)
* Supervised 30 master's degrees. and 29 Ph.D. in the fields of physical organic chemistry, kinetic chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry, industrial and pharmaceutical chemistry and has published more than 65 articles in journals and international conferences in the aforementioned fields.
* Supervised 12 M.Sc. theses in e-learning and its methodologies and applications.

Member of:
* American Chemical Society (ACS), National E-Learning Strategy Committee in Higher Education, National Quality Assurance and Accreditation Authority (NQAA)
* The Egyptian National Committee for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO, ALECSO, ISESCO).

Chair Manager Experiences:

1. Powered Copmuters with Solar Energy In the places that was deprived of electricity,
I powered the computer using solar energy and it proved to be successful. It was a great success and we can develop women through the production of scientific and awareness programs that deal with them using the computer. It is available and works with solar energy as a source of new and renewable energy and as a practical and scientific example of the use of science and technology for development while keeping our environment clean. Also I used mobile learning to reach the rural areas where it keeps environment clean and its disadvantages are much less than that of a computer that is powered by electricity, therefore its use should be spread in remote areas at the Arab regional level.

2. Create websites for e-marketing for women's products:
Established websites for electronic marketing of women's products at the Arab and regional level in cooperation with Associations interested in female breadwinners and producers, and those interested in supporting and promoting women's small projects

3. Educational, scientific and developmental courses have been included in the study programs at the Faculty of Women, Ain Shams University:
In all departments of the Faculty (literary and scientific) and educational, from which female teachers graduate, (about 23,000 student) and in this regard the following measures have been taken: Although Basic Science departments in the Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education, Ain Shams University (Cairo - Egypt) follow the credit hours’ system, 6 compulsory courses are included in the curricula and have been developed with the inclusion of:
* Six compulsory courses (6 hours per week) in all programs and sectors (Literature, Science and Education) to be taught for all faculty students:
* Human Rights (2 hours per week), Philosophy of Science (2 hours per week), Environmental Conservation (2 hours per week, computer programs and applications, first level (2 theoretical hours and 2 training hours per week), Computer programs and its applications, second level (2 theoretical hours and 2 hours of training per week), scientific thinking in solving problems (2 hours per week).
* Study of these courses lead to strengthening them and raising their awareness of the human rights (women) and the preservation of the environment and natural resources and their optimal exploitation, and the use of scientific thinking, technology and philosophy of science in the problem solving, to advance society.
* The improvement of teaching and learning methodologies in all disciplines using modern technologies, ICT (e-learning, mobile learning and social media) could be achieved with complete integrated e-learning solutions in the faculty.