I would like to invite all of you to discuss the following proposal.
MEXICAN FRIENDS ASSOCIATION OF THE BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA
I. ENDORSEMENT TO CERTIFY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
As the Library of Alexandria is the beacon of Knowledge in the XXI century, we propose that the International Friends Associations could be involve in improving the quality of education by creating a pole of experts’ body in their own country, with the blessing of the BA. This activity will raise the status of the BA as a worldwide cultural and learning center and will promote high-level competencies and top ranking intellectual perspectives for universities and educational organisms that are interested in this program. This program may include: arts and humanities, biological and physical sciences, global and culture awareness, and technology.
a) Spread the position of the BA as a universal knowledge center and increase its universal prestige.
b) By recognizing a post-graduate program with the BA blessing, we will increase the academic level in every field, in order to link knowledge to function (lead knowledge to enterprises and business)
c) Links. To create a space for fructiferous research links between the Library and the International Friends Associations and among the International Friends Associations themselves. Through the internet, projects could be endorsed by specialists as well as create and involve specialists in common projects directly.
d) To approach research to the suitable field of implementation. This could be to enterprises, NGO’s, governmental institutions, among others.
The BA shall provide a written letter to recognize the achievements of the educational institution under consideration. Every International Friends Association shall send written recommendations of the courses and researches improvements.
II. PROMOTE SISTER CITY PROGRAMS WITH ALEXANDRIA
Another possibility of embracing links between Alexandria and the World is through Sister City programs. The Baltimore Sister City Program has done this links that have turned into important cultural programs that can extend to culture, commerce and research.
The Mexican Friends Association is working on the first Sister City program between Alexandria and Veracruz.
The Embassies can play an important roll in this project.
Publications endorsed by the BA could be determinant to get reputation for both, the Library and the Associations. Besides that, there is a possibility to have a deep cultural exchange among the BA Friends.
Mexico is still working on the publication of a book, which will show similarities and differences between Mexico and Egypt. During 2008 we are celebrating the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.
We have talked to one of the most ancient Publishing Houses in Mexico (Porrúa) and they are interested in making this Coffee Book (Art Book) because people in Mexico are also very interested in Egyptian Culture.
IV. TRIPS ENDORSEMENT
We suggest to having a BA written endorsement for trips to Egypt organized by the BA Friends Associations in order to grant a plus in comparison to common travel agencies. People who travel with the Friends could grant a cultural trip where they will be able to know the cataloging area, CULTNAT and probably join to BA programs. Besides we should consider the strength that can give us being 35 Friends Associations around the world and evaluate the possibility of up growing the touring places.