CAIRO – Cairo University will establish an institute for Japan studies in February for a broad spectrum of research in both arts and sciences, as well as to serve as a "bridge" to deepen understanding about Japan, university officials said. The institute's launch is in line with a recent rising interest from the Egyptian government in Japan, particularly in the Japanese approach to education. The new facility is expected to also serve as an information center for the general public to learn more about Japan. In Egypt, common practices in Japanese schools to foster discipline and cooperation, such as having a daily classroom duty roster and making pupils responsible for cleaning classrooms and corridors, have been introduced by the government at elementary and junior high schools. "Many Egyptians admire Japan for its miraculous development after World War II, but they know very little about the actual state of affairs over there," said Adel Amin Saleh, chair of the university's Japanese Department and who has been involved in preparing the institute's establishment.
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Government of Telangana, on Thursday officially declared the year 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with various companies and educational institutes during a meeting held with top industries and academia. Intel, Public Health Foundation of India and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad jointly signed the agreement with the government for setting up a research centre in applied AI in healthcare and smart mobility. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur signed an MoU to set up a centre of excellence in AI and research and development park. The state government also signed MoUs with IIT Hyderabad, Wadhwani AI, Hexagon and Innovation Norway. The MoUs were signed in presence of KT Rama Rao, IT and Industries Minister, Telangana.