Dr. Ahmed Shaker appointed Vice-Dean of the Ryerson Cairo Campus
Everything that the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University delivers to its students—innovative programming, bold thinking, inclusive excellence and an outstanding campus experience—is now available to students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the UofCanada in Egypt (UCE).
Heading the program is the newly-appointed Vice-Dean on site at the FEAS|Cairo campus, Dr. Ahmed Shaker, representing the Dean of FEAS. His career mirrors one of the most valuable drivers of innovation: diversity of thought and experience.
A professor of civil engineering who has previously served as Graduate Program Director and as Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Shaker brings a wealth of international academic and professional experience to the role of Vice-Dean. He has worked in the private sector, at research institutes and at universities in Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Spain and, since 2007, Canada. With his diverse experience, Dr. Shaker understands the increasingly connected global society that today’s students will enter after graduation.
“Universities today cannot overstate the value of acquiring international experiences and perspectives,” says Dr. Shaker. “That value goes beyond academic and professional contexts to social and cultural ones as well. Students with broad experiences are able to examine and challenge the status quo, think and do things differently, and draw on the strength that comes from diversity. This unique Ryerson program at UofCanada provides that opportunity.”
Students enrolled at the FEAS Cairo campus earn a Ryerson degree at graduation. While they live in Cairo, they are taught by Ryerson-trained faculty, have access to many of the same degree programs available at the Toronto campus, and are immersed in a Canadian post-secondary environment. Graduating with the same degree as other Ryerson engineering students, UofCanada students will be qualified for positions as professional engineers in Canada and many other countries.
“Ryerson’s programming is unique even in Canada,” says Dr. Shaker. “UofCanada students can choose from many streams under the umbrella of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, including some new fields in structural, environmental, transportation and geomatics engineering, with possible future offerings in biomedical, computer and aerospace engineering. It’s an exciting time to be a Ryerson engineering student, whether in Toronto or Cairo.”
In addition to his international experience, Dr. Shaker has also served as an Executive and is currently the President for the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS-SCT). He is also serving as the Vice-President, Commission III (Remote Sensing), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). He has also been recognized for his exceptional research and teaching with a Faculty SRC Award (2011) and a Teaching Excellence Award (2015).
“In addition to its relevant and ambitious programming, Ryerson is also known for the quality of teaching and the close, supportive relationships between faculty and students,” says Dr. Shaker. “Students at the UofCanada campus will have the complete Ryerson student experience, which includes professors and advisors who are also mentors and guides. Universities are cultural institutions that offer more than curriculum and degrees, which is why Ryerson values and student life are integral parts of the UofCanada program.”
Dividing his time between Canada and Egypt, Dr. Shaker exemplifies what a small world we live in.
“UofCanada will pave the way for the younger generation to travel and work in different countries and find greater opportunities in life, as I have had. FEAS is proud to offer a uniquely Canadian—and uniquely Ryerson—program, degree, and student experience to young people on a distant, yet closely connected, continent.”