Fouly, Abdel-Maguid Kamal ISMAILIA, Egypt (Xinhua) -- Mohamed Abdel-Rahman,
an engineer who works for a Chinese company operating in Egypt, was bursting
with excitement when talking about the training program he has just joined at a
Confucius Institute in Egypt’s northeastern province of Ismailia.
“It is a good opportunity for skill
and career development,” he said.
Confucius Institute at the Suez Canal
University has organized a training program for the Egyptian and Chinese
employees of China’s fiberglass giant Jushi which operates in the Suez Canal
region to develop their administrative and leading skills and boost their
knowledge of the Egyptian and the Chinese cultures.
The two-day program, which kicked off
on Saturday, includes a series of lectures given by Egyptian and Chinese
instructors, in addition to sports and mental exercises.
“The Jushi staff join this training
program to develop their skills and learn how to deal with the different
situations they face at work,” Abdel-Rahman, who has been working for Jushi
since 2012, told Xinhua at the Confucius Institute.
“The Chinese have old civilization but
they did not only rely on that. They have now technology and development and
they have become a world economic power,” the Egyptian man said.
Jushi Egypt is a tenant company of
China’s TEDA corporation, one of the oldest and largest industrial developers of
the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) in Ain Sokhna district in Ismailia.
Abdel-Rahman, who has become a deputy
department chief in Jushi, said he learned a lot of skills in the company, such
as leadership and making best use of available resources.
“They think outside of the box to turn
difficult situations into favorable ones,” he noted.
Jushi usually holds internal training
programs for its staff, but the program at the Confucius Institute is the first
external one for them.
“The Suez Canal region is the future
of Egyptian economy. Through our communication with Chinese companies
operating in the SCZone, we found their need to organize such a training
program, the first of its kind to be held by Confucius Institute,” said
Hassan Ragab, the director of Confucius Institute at the Suez Canal
“The two-day program focuses on skill
development of Jushi’s Chinese and Egyptian staff. It also develops their
skills in teamwork, leadership and alternative troubleshooting planning,”
the director told Xinhua.
According to Ragab, the program
teaches both Chinese and Egyptians how to deal with each other and raise their
awareness of Egyptian and Chinese civilizations “as they are close cultures and
among the world’s oldest civilizations.”
“We will continue providing such
training programs for about 20 Chinese companies operating in the SCZone.
Jushi is just the beginning,” Ragab said.
“Our program is a humble contribution
to enhancing ties of Confucius Institute and the Suez Canal University with
Ragab, who received his PhD in Chinese
literature in China and lived in the giant Asian country for five years,
explained that such programs are supported by Confucius Institute in Beijing
which urges communication with overseas Chinese companies as representatives of
the Chinese culture.
“China is the world’s factory with a
dominant and brilliant future in the 21st century,” the Confucius
Institute director concluded.
With the help of Jushi, Egypt has
become the world’s third largest producer of fiberglass after the United States
Song Bo, the educational counselor at
the Chinese embassy in Cairo, said such kind of training program will benefit
both Chinese and Egyptian employees at Jushi for a better understanding of each
“The important lesson is that a
multi-national company should eliminate the cultural barriers within its
employees to maximize their efficiency,” Song said.