OCC, William Paterson University, Egyptian Universities Partner to Offer Computer Science Degrees to Egyptian Students

Staff Report

Ocean County College and William Paterson University have signed an agreement with three Egyptian universities that will enable Egyptian students to major in computer science and earn degrees from both American institutions and one of the Egyptian universities. All courses are offered in hybrid and online formats.


Under the three-way joint admissions agreement, the Egyptian students will enroll for the first two years of courses with Ocean County College, and after successful completion would receive an associate of science degree from OCC. In the third year, students will take courses recommended by William Paterson’s computer science faculty at one of the three Egyptian universities – Helwan University, Ain Shams University, or Alexandria University – and will take online courses at William Paterson University in their fourth year.


At the completion of the program, the students will earn degrees from both William Paterson and one of the Egyptian universities. The initial cohort is expected to consist of 35 to 70 students.


“I am excited to launch this new program, which will use the respective strengths of all partner institutions to the benefit of promising students from some of Egypt’s finest universities,” said William Paterson President Dr. Richard J. Helldobler. “Given William Paterson’s growing reputation for excellence in online education and its strong computer science program, this new partnership promises to broaden access to a WP degree and extend the University’s global reach.”


“Ocean County College is thrilled to put the official stamp on this dynamic alliance,” remarked OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson. “We believe our Egyptian counterparts will thrive in the environment of and for academic innovation that OCC provides, and that they will be well-prepared for their courses at our partner institutions, as they build toward meaningful career opportunities in the computer science field.”


Administrators at William Paterson University and Ocean County College expect that the collaboration will expand to include up to eight additional Egyptian universities, as well as additional academic programs.