Press release

IET signs historic agreement with Egyptian Government to provide access to world-class engineering research

16 November 2015

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe’s leading publisher of digital and print engineering and technology resources, has signed a multi-year agreement with the Egyptian Government to join the ‘Egyptian Knowledge Bank’ project.

This national initiative is part of Egypt’s plans to enhance the country’s position as a centre of excellence for learning and research in the Arab region over the coming years. The agreement with the IET will provide every citizen of Egypt unprecedented access to world-class research through a range of IET products including IET Inspec, a highly respected A&I database containing over 15 million records, IET.tv, the world’s largest online archive of video content as well as access to the complete range of IET Research Journals and over 500 eBooks through the IET Digital Library.

Richard Hollis, IET Business Development Director, said: “The IET is delighted to be a strategic partner for this project, and as part of our agreement, we are also offering a national fee-waiver for open access publishing in IET Journals, including the Journal of Engineering, in order to facilitate the wider dissemination of research from the engineering community in Egypt.”

Dr Tarek Shawki, Chair of the Presidential Specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research was tasked with organising the project which is the first of its kind. The agreement was signed with 26 of the world’s largest publishing houses, including the IET, making the Egyptian Knowledge Bank the largest digital library in the world.

Dr Shawki said: “Our goal is to provide all Egyptians with access to world-class publications; by providing these materials free of charge, the knowledge bank ensures that all Egyptians, no matter what their economic circumstances, will have the tools they need to excel in their education and research. Strengthening education and research is crucial to our country’s future and an important step towards building an Egyptian learning society. By supporting these efforts, the launch of the knowledge bank is considered a step in the right direction for all of us in Egypt.”

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 163,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • The IET’s portfolio of research and letters journals and monographs (print and e-Book) are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines. The IET Inspec database contains over 15 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports in the fields of science and technology, and IET.tv provides access to the world's largest specialised online archive of engineering and technology content.