Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
Knowledge is the key to achieving lasting success and happiness throughout life. Other important “by-products” are personal pleasure, intellectual growth, and spiritual satisfaction.
In fact, from ancient times major world religions and philosophies have enjoined humans to seek wisdom through acquiring knowledge – a journey of enlightenment that begins at birth and ends only at our death.
The first step on the road to a good life begins with the iconic “three sisters” of human engagement: to know, to love and to serve. It is impossible to love anyone, including oneself, without knowledge. Similarly, it is just as impossible to serve anyone, yourself and others, without love.
To that end, my fondest dream is to see my birthplace of Egypt become an international hub for human knowledge.
With a unique civilization extending back more than 5000 years, Egypt is historically well-situated to fill such a challenging role. For all those millennia, its culture and even its physical architectural monuments have withstood the test of time.
Long before the European renaissance, Egypt was home to the world’s most advanced sciences (such as optics and astronomy), engineering, architecture, medicine, agriculture, governance and religion, to name only a few. Moreover, it produced great literature, art and monuments that still amaze the world.
Egypt also embraced Judaism, Christianity and Islam with passion, tolerance and understanding. Through renowned universities such as Al-Azhar in Cairo (founded in 970 CE), her scholars contributed tremendously to the growth of all three religions.
Historically and geographically, Egypt sits at a crossroads of the world’s greatest civilizations and cultures – African, Asian, European, Arab and Islamic.
Today, it no longer ranks as a world leader in so many of the areas where it was once preeminent, and faces major challenges to regain some of the prestige it once enjoyed.
But I can affirm through first-hand experience that 21st-century Egypt is on the brink of a new “golden age” of learning and achievement. The country has a vast pool of talented, energetic and passionate young professionals who can make that dream a reality. But what they need right now, more than anything else, is direction and an infusion of Western know-how.
For example, as a North American-educated world leader in digital microchip design, I am qualified to guide some of my former PhD students – using IT and AI technologies – in making Egypt a hub for knowledge in those high-demand fields.
Similarly, international professionals in all disciplines, including the sciences, performing and fine arts, literature, medicine, music, sports, cuisine, kinesiology (all branches of fitness and movement training), and hands-on skills such as artisan crafts and mechanics, could all share their knowledge with Egypt’s next generation of builders and leaders.
The good news is that such an initiative is actually underway. It is called NajahNow, an international shared knowledge system:
Learning without borders, connecting students anywhere with teachers everywhere.
Please consider joining NajahNow
today – we need you!