“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” – Graham Greene
The first project founded under the term Children’s University, was the kinder Uni in Tubingen/Germany in 2002. Since the summer of 2003, an enormous wave of new foundations of children’s universities began and in meantime there are more than 180 Children’s universities all over Europe.
In, 2010, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) initiated the “pilot phase” of Egypt Children University through the EU-Funded initiative “SIS-CATALYST” that was meant to support the children universities’ programs, creative education and social inclusion within different education systems in the world.
In 2011, ASRT became member in EUCU.NET, associated partner in SIS-Catalyst initiative and participated as an advisor in the international Steering board of this initiative and developed a very successful model in one of the Egyptian Universities. Through this model, the first Children’s University in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa was selected by EUCU.NET to participate in one of the few mentoring associates’ partnerships.
With the great successes achieved along four years from 2011 to 2014, ASRT at 2015 decided to take that model throughout Egypt from Alexandria to Aswan to make the best use of Children’s Universities in getting the attention of potential students at very early age and motivating them to pursue university studies.
ASRT initiative “Children’s University” aims to pave the road for the young generation:
- to understand well their future educational choices and options,
- to define clearly their areas of interest,
- to have an insight into academic culture without pressure and,
- to acquire the skills needed for the 21st century’s work force.
- to shape their ability to create and innovate.
The Children’s University’s initiative is a program which introduces students at the age of 9 years to 15 years to the University’s learning activities. All activities are developed and validated by university professors and scientists to ensure the quality of learning provided and by curricula expert designers to ensure the quality of the material delivered and its alignment with the needs of each age group.
The initiative is sponsored financially and technically by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).