The Global Hybrid Electric Challenge (GHEC) is an international collegiate competition promoting education, energy efficiency, and environmental consciousness. It is the first electric vehicle (EV) university competition held in the Middle East and North Africa (in 2014), and the first in Egypt (in 2016). The first event in Egypt was open only to institutions of higher learning from Egypt, while the second in 2017 accepted entries from the MENA region as well. The next competition will take place in 2021 in Egypt and is the 10th GHEC held in the MENA region since 2014.

Whilst the GHEC seeks to encourage competition amongst engineering students, it is also aimed at providing a means to convert their knowledge into real world solutions that promote energy efficiency. It brings together students with shared interests from across Egypt and enables them to compete their hand-built hybrid-electric powered cars in one of the most exciting racing tracks. The GHEC further allows students and engineers to share their common interest in automotive racing technology, sustainable energy, and hands on engineering, and expand their network of professional friends.

The following are the concepts emphasized in the competition:
• Educational excellence in science, engineering and mathematics
• Creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a wide-range of disciplines
• Hands-on experience to develop and demonstrate technical and creative abilities
• Understanding of marketing, business and management skills needed to execute large and complex projects
• Renewable energy technologies (specifically electric drive based projects and photovoltaics)
• Environmental consciousness
• Safety in all aspects of the development, testing and racing
• Sportsmanship, friendship and co-operation
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