Last week Liepaja University (LiepU) lecturer of mechatronics field and director of LiepU Institute of Natural Sciences and Innovation Technologies Uldis Žaimis and the senior specialist of International Relations Department Sintija Bruže was visiting one of LiepU new partner universities - Ain Shams University (ASU) which is located in Cairo, Egypt, under the Erasmus+ credit mobility exchange (KA171 project).
This is the first LiepU staff visit to Ain Shams University and the aim of the visit was to give open lectures in robotics field and to find similar and interesting fields of interest in studies and research for mutual cooperation in different projects that ASU and LiepU are currently each involved at their institutions.
LiepU lecturer Uldis Žaimis was giving lectures to ASU bachelor level students of mechatronics and robotics field about "Principles of self-propelled robot control and robot communication in obstructed terrain" which was followed by a university tour in various ASU laboratories (such as Internet of Things and Robotics labs; Acoustic, Vibration and Smart Structure Center; Luban and Micromouse workshops; Virtual reality room; Environment Technology and Climate Change lab; etc.). "It was a pleasure to see how well Egyptian students orienteer in the methodology for calculating the robot trajectory and could follow to the principles of robot control," says the lecturer Uldis Žaimis.
During the visit were organized different meetings with ASU head of the Mechatronics Engineering Department Prof. Mohammed Awad, vice-director of the Grants Office Noha Magdy Elrafie and International Relations Office Erasmus+ coordinator as well as with other engineering field staff where have been gained important contacts and exchanged ideas of possible partnership in different upcoming European projects in the future, including the Erasmus+ credit mobility exchange project, as well as discussed each country's different good practices in Mechatronics engineering. At the end of the visit was agreed to start cooperation in various mechatronics, robotics or renewable energy scientific projects and Erasmus+ exchange credit mobility project KA171 in the fields of Business and Pedagogy.
On 4th March LiepU representatives were also participating in international education fair "Begin Edu Fair" held in Cairo to tell about different Liepaja University study programmes, scholarships and admission requirements to potential Egyptian students who are willing to study at LiepU in the next study semester. Sintija Bruže admits: "This was the first LiepU education fair in Egypt, and we were glad to see that there was a huge interest from students about studies at Liepaja University. We received a lot of questions about all our study programmes. During the fair was noticed which study programmes would need to be offered for potential students at LiepU in the future and we are keen to work on them."
LiepU staff has also visited their partner education agency "Emonovo", which is the official representative in Egypt and MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) where were discussed more strengthened cooperation for offering LiepU studies.