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On behalf of Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, Dr. Ashraf El-Ghandour, Vice President of Alexandria University for Postgraduate Studies and Research, witnessed Sunday afternoon the educational symposium organized by the Faculty of Arts within the framework of the activities of the university’s cultural season, which was held under the title “National Discourse in Light of International Challenges and Changes”.
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The symposium took place in the Conference Hall at the Faculty of Nursing, in the presence of deans and vice-deans of faculties, faculty members and university students. Participants included Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the former House of Representatives and President of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and Counsellor Dr. Mokhtar Ghobashi, political analyst and Vice President of the Arab Center for Studies.
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In his speech, Dr. Ashraf El-Ghandour welcomed the guests of the symposium to Alexandria University, stressing the importance of this symposium in shedding light on the challenges facing Egypt in the current and coming period at the local, regional and international levels, and ways to confront them in light of international changes, stressing the university's keenness to organize these seminars in order to give its students the opportunity to listen to patriotic figures and great experiences in all fields, with the aim of raising awareness and developing a sense of patriotism and belonging.
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Dr. Hani Khamis Abdo, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, pointed out the role of the university in raising the level of awareness and risk perception among students, enabling them to keep pace with global changes. He referred to the participation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the World Government Summit in Dubai as a guest of honour, which reflected the regional and international role of Egypt, and the recognition of its ability to confront political and economic challenges considering the Corona pandemic crisis and the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi expressed his pleasure for being at Alexandria University and discussing contemporary issues with university students, stressing the success of Egyptian foreign policy in achieving a balance between principles and interests. He added that the Egyptian state was able to develop solutions to face threats and protect its borders, in addition to the burden of comprehensive development, through planning a proactive strategy in light of contemporary international changes. He referred to Egypt's approach to resolving issues in peaceful means, spreading peace, stability and development through participation in several international projects such as projects for electrical interconnection with Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Jordan and Libya, in addition to development projects in several African countries. El-Orabi pointed out that Egypt is characterized by distinguished and strong international relations with most countries of the world, which helps in facing challenges and cross-border phenomena such as epidemics, terrorism, and economic issues.
Dr. Mokhtar Ghobashi referred to the difficult situation of the Arab world in facing the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which included problems related to gas, energy, and food, stressing the need to change mechanisms at the discourse level, and to open non-traditional axes to get out of this conflict. He added that Egypt is making great efforts to resolve regional conflicts in Palestine, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
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