The young people of Egypt could no longer take the high unemployment rate and the depressing economic situation, which led to anger and revolt throughout the country.
Egypt’s current situation may not have been foreseen by many, but Yehia Mortagy, who shared his knowledge in his lecture, “Egypt: Recent, Present, and Road to the Future,” feels the recent events have been building up for an extended period of time.
About 50 faculty, staff and students attended the Monday lecture in the Presidents Dining Room.
“The youth of Egypt revolted due to no jobs, in a highly educated society,” Mortagy, professor of information technology and decision sciences, said.
The people Mortagy spoke of are not a radical group, but a group of educated frustrated citizens concerned with their future.
Although there was no leader of the revolt, Egypt’s young people were joined by some of the country’s business people, who were also frustrated with Egypt’s failing economic situation.
Mortagy also spoke about corruption, explaining that it is hard for Egypt’s citizens who make $2 a day not to resort to corrupt activities.
Mortagy’s lecture was serious, but he managed to keep his presentation fairly light hearted.
“The lecture was very interesting and current,” said Phillip Hofer, director of the international and study abroad center, said.
“It is very helpful to have someone from Egypt speak on the events that are happening there.”
Hofer shared his ideas and opinions during the lecture, as did many other attendees.
Ahmed Ispahani, professor of business and economics, was optimistic about Egypt’s future.
“Egypt can once again be one of the most prosperous countries in the Middle East because of their rich history, tourism, highly educated citizens and the fact that Egypt is second in aid from the United States,” Ispahani said.
Though he added: “Corruption is the main source of the economic hardship, which continues to be common in developing and underdeveloped countries,” Ispahani said.
Mortagy pointed out that major changes need to be made in government, media and military.
Mortagy said he feels Al Jazeera plays an extremely important role for media in the Middle East.
This media reports accurate news, which shows what is really happening in the Middle East.
Governmental corruption is a key reason for restructuring both the executive and legislative branches in Egypt, Mortagy said.
“I thought it was instructive that he gave a historical background that led to the current situation, and he provided a possible future plan for his homeland, Egypt,” said Al Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs.
He added that he would like to know more about military involvement in Egypt’s present and future, as well as how corruption can be resolved in Egypt.
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