One of the methods the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) has adopted for capacity development is targeting universities for satellite development. The Agency has continually reiterated its plan to facilitate capacity development in the country. To achieve this, the EgSA has made agreements with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop 35 educational satellites. The satellites would allow students, specialists, and engineers to learn and perform programming.
Furthermore, EgSA has entered multiple cooperation protocols with various local universities to develop capacity at and from the university level. These protocols establish technical programmes and joint ventures and train university students within the Agency. The table below includes the universities that have protocol agreements with the Agency.
|Egyptian Russian University||Benha University.||Thebes Higher Institute of Engineering||Aswan University|
|Ainshams University||Helwan University||Mansoura University||Assiut University.|
|Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport||Suez Canal University||Menoufia University||South Valley University|
|Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (EJUST)||Beni Suef University||Misr International University||Port-Said University.|
|Al-Azhar University||Alexandria University||MSA University||Zagazig University.|
|Obour High Institutes.||Sohag University|
In addition, since the launch of the Egyptian university satellite programme in 2016, EgSA has entered different protocol agreements with different universities for capacity building. For instance, in April 2021, the Agency signed an agreement with Alexandria University to develop an educational satellite laboratory.
According to Mohamed El Qousi, the head of the EgSA, the Agency will launch a CubeSat as part of a training programme to manufacture ‘universities satellites’ in 2022. The CubeSat is expected to be entirely locally manufactured. He asserted that the EgSA has extended full support to all students from the practical and technical aspects with the participation of experts from all specializations. The Egyptian university satellite programme aims to localise the space industry and hone the skills of Egyptian students in the design of satellite components.