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Learning more about sustainable use of resources in Egypt


From February 21st until March 1st, 2015 the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna opened its doors for the IWaTEC Winter School, a postgraduate training program to foster the knowledge transfer between numerous research institutions and universities from Egypt and Germany. It brought students from all over Egypt together with scientists and experts from Germany and Egypt to discuss about water and energy related technologies. The Winter School about “Sustainable Use of Resources: Water and Energy for Egypt” gathered over 120 participants with various backgrounds at TUBCG to provide the Master's students with up-to-date know-how in water technologies and bring together Egyptian and German scientists for research cooperation.

Egyptian and German experts exchanged lectures about membrane technologies, waste water treatment solutions and sustainable industrial water management. Field excursions to the waste water treatment plant, the desalination plant, the weather station run by TUBCG and other water or energy related facilities in El Gouna were an integral part of the Winter School learning experience. Moreover, 34 graduates from various Egyptian universities presented their own research abstracts of Master's or PhD projects.

In addition to the German speakers from the Universities of Duisburg-Essen, Berlin and Munich, Egyptian experts from Cairo, Ain Shams, Mansoura, Al Azhar and Alexandria University as well as organisations like the Egyptian National Research Centre, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Egypt's Holding Company for Water and Waste Water made presentations during the program.

The Winter School 2015, the third event of its kind, was initiated by the University of Duisburg-Essen and organized in collaboration with TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. “I am extremely happy about the outcome of this year's winter school. All participants actively joined the lectures and debates to discuss water and energy related topics with the senior scientists. This was a good opportunity for the students to learn more about these fields and improve their skills”, said Dr. Michael Eisinger, Managing Director of the Centre for Water and Environmental Research at University of Duisburg-Essen. “The IWaTec winter school was originally initiated by Fayoum University and University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with Egypt's Holding Company for Water and Waste Water and Cairo University. The focus of the project is the sustainable use of water and energy for Egypt and to get an overall picture of the water and energy situation in Egypt”, Dr. Eisinger emphasized. “The original idea was to bring together one German and one Egyptian university to develop a program together”, he added. “But finally we opened the project to other universities and institutions to improve its networking approach.”

Beside this, the IWaTec's winter school is the final stage of a six-month intensive training program at University of Duisburg-Essen within the DAAD Transformation Partnership with the main goal to educate and qualify eight Egyptian Master's graduates per year on integrated water technologies. Moreover, it highlights the interdisciplinary approach of the Master's programs at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna that encourages the students to exchange ideas with experts and students from other participating institutions.

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