The Director of SESAME, Professor. Khaled Toukan, was one of the numerous foreign speakers at the Global Forum for Higher Education and Scientific Research (GFHS) held in Cairo on 4-6 April.
Wearing two caps, that of Director of SESAME and that of Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, he informed participants that SESAME was the first synchrotron light source in the Middle East and the world’s first large accelerator complex to be fully powered by renewable energy. SESAME has become a reality he said, SESAME is now operational and performing well and has started to produce world-class science. By virtue of its mission, SESAME is now becoming an important intergovernmental instrument for promoting scientific research in a global world.
GFHS is the first global initiative of its kind in Egypt.
It was held under the auspices of the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and gathered more than 500 leaders in policy- and decision-making, scientific research, innovation, government, higher education and philanthropy from all parts of the globe to set the stage for higher education and scientific research in the next 10 years in the context of a global, interconnected and borderless world.
Holding the Forum in 2019 was of particular significance since Egypt has declared 2019 the Year of Education in Egypt.
Professor Toukan was accompanied at the GFHS by Professor Walid Zidan, Administrative Director of SESAME.