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The training was scheduled after four other trainings carried out during the project, in Politecnico and in the other European partner universities.

This workshop was focused on entrepreneurship, in order to give to participants contents and methodologies which can be used in the implementation of the new MSc GIEP in the Egyptian universities. Indeed, the new GIEP programme aims to create a whole new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with the skills that will allow them to start-up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and put in place public policy and social entrepreneurship innovations that, together, address society’s environmental and natural resource challenges.

The learning outcomes of the training have been:

  • To create and inspire entrepreneurship attitude and spirit;
  • To understand good practices of incubators;
  • To understand good practices of intellectual property management;
  • To develop high level discussion on Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem;
  • To understand social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
  • The training also included a two-days workshop of EMPRETEC, an integrated capacity-building programme of UNCTAD that promotes the creation of sustainable support structures that help promising entrepreneurs build innovative and internationally competitive small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), contributing to the development of a dynamic private sector.

RAS4The meeting represented the opportunity to update the whole consortium on the open activities of the project and plan the remaining final period.

Main results highlighted during the meeting were the start of the implementation of the Double Degree Program between Alexandria University and Politecnico di Milano, with the first five Egyptian students expected to come in fall 2015 in Italy, and the almost closed process for the formal recognition of the MSc in GIEP at Zagazig and Aswan University.

The consortium shared possible ideas for the definition of the final event of dissemination, to plan in Egypt in September. Taking profit of a conference organized by the Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean – RES4MED (a non-profit Association established in 2012 as a network of utilities, industries, agencies, technical service providers, research institute and academia engaged in promoting clean energy solutions in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries), the consortium agreed in joining one afternoon session of the event, that will be held at Marriot Hotel in center Cairo the 28th September. The event will represent an important opportunity to disseminate the project to a high level audience of institutions, ministries, companies. The second day will be organized separately by the GIEP partners, with the aim to meet a broader audience, with the involvement of private companies, university representatives, NGOs, incubators, municipalities, public institutions, foundations.



A workshop about the accreditation process in GIEP was organized by the AUC during June 9 and 10 June, 2014. After the opening words by the Dean of the AUC’s School of Sciences and Engineering Dr. Tarek Shawky and Dr. Hani Sewilam the Program Director of the MSc in Sustainable Development (the AUC graduate program established within the GIEP) the workshop began with a presentation of Mohamed Nagib Abou-Zeid about the concepts and experiences of the accreditation of AUC programs. Drawing from his rich experience he was able to give an excellent introduction into the issue and moderate the workshop. Further, Dr. Emanuela Colombo from the Grant Holder Politecnico di Milano has introduced the accreditation system in Italy and Europe, especially with a focus on the ECTS system. Complemented by members of the other partner universities, who presented accreditation cases from their own institutions, this exchange of knowledge, concepts and experience around the issue of preparing, managing and implementing the accreditation, this workshop provided a solid base to further develop the accreditation of the graduate programs developed under GIEP.

On June 9, 2014 the National Tempus Office made a monitoring visit to the GIEP project. The event was hosted at the American University in Cairo and representatives from all Egyptian partners were present. Dr. Emanuela Colombo from the grant holder Politecnico di Milano gave a short overview on how the ideas for GIEP were born some six years ago. Since then, the project has come a long way and half of the project duration has already passed.

Dr. Hani Sewilam presented the current status of the different work packages to Dr. Doaa Samy and Dr. Yasser Elshayeb from the National Tempus Office. All of the work packages are on a track and many of the project deliverables have already been satisfyingly completed. All of the universities have completed the curriculum for the new Green master’s programmes and are now working on the accreditation process, as well as marketing the new programmes among different stakeholders. After the presentation, the remaining time was used for an open and constructive discussion.



The meeting took place after the first half of the project lifetime. It could count on the participation of all project partners, including Heliopolis University, which recently joined the consortium. The meeting gave the opportunity to partners to effectively share information and update on the running activities: management issues and activities contents were discussed.

In the last months, the main effort has been devoted to the development of the new MSc program on Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Egyptian Universities. Based on the results obtained by the Market Needs Analysis, each university has presented the Curriculum and Syllabus, starting from the framework described in the proposal and developing one or more tracks (Green Technologies, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Communities), according to the own needs and in line with the strategy of the institution.

Following the definition of the MSc, the consortium is now involved in the development of the contents. All the partners agreed to contribute to this activity, providing material of lectures that might fit with the contents of the courses of the Core Module and taking advantage of the experience gained during the different training sessions.

Partners were also updated on the other activities which are going on in the project: the upgrading of academic laboratories with the focus on green technologies, the training weeks to the Egyptian professors, the establishment of an Online Learning Management System and the accreditation of the GIEP programs. Dissemination activities and as well as the sustainability plan were also discussed.

Partners acknowledged the positive results that the project has been achieving and planned the next meeting in Alexandria in October 2014.

TU Graz has developed the first of 2 training weeks ( May 5 to 9, 2014 ).
The goal of this week lay in training the teaching staff at the Egypt partner universities in Green Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It aimed to that the staff members being able to relate the contents of the training at their respective universities.
The training included 2 to 5 lectures each day, depending on the daily program, given by TU Graz staff and external experts from the Graz Region actively involved in companies, most of them owners and founders of these companies, to relate their knowledge in specific fields but also their experiences with founding innovative companies in the sustainability field.
The daily program consisted in lectures, questions to the lecturers and feedback from the audience. One field trip enhanced the program, showing a food factory, relying on Fair Trade as well as sustainable tourism, and the visit to the Regional Sustainable Development Centre. Another visit included a research and consultant company in the field of Alternative Energies and Energy Effectiveness.

During the last meeting May 6 to 9, 2013 in Milano, the consortium discussed further steps in the establishment of the GIEP degree.

Currently, each of the Egyptian partner university is defining which of the tracks (Green Technology  GT, Entrepreneurship E, Sustainable Cites  SC, Sustainable Community) will be implemented. Therefore the EG universities prepare a document containing general information e.g. on the degree level, length of programme or official language. Each module is briefly described focusing on the track that specifies the motivation to the course of study. Further steps include the presentation of the learning objectives, target, and expected results. Moreover, there is a short description of the organization of the course in terms of duration, integration within the academic programme, as well as typology of degree obtained. Last but not least, it defines further opportunities within the academic field as well as professional opportunities and prospective career options.

The current track definition is a great progress for the entire development of the GIEP project in developing the Master study programme.

The first management meeting after the inception of GIEP was held at the American University in Cairo from February 24 to 26, 2013. The main discussion points were related to the progress made in the work packages to date and the development of the cooperation model which will serve as the framework for establishing the double or joint degrees.

Reports from the work packages indicated that the implementation is well under way but some more effort will have to be done until they can be finished with satisfying results. So far, activities have been started with regard to the market study, the website as well as the internal communication server.

Presentations of the public and private accreditation procedure in Egypt as well as the European system (Bologna process) shed light on what steps need to be taken, what the essential elements are and which commonalities and differences exist. Following this, the cooperation model for the double degrees was thoroughly elaborated which mainly included a technical and substantial discussion of the curriculum.

After the meeting, a much clearer vision for developing the cooperation model has emerged. The courses need to be developed or adjusted according to the requirements of a multi-disciplinary degree and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has to be applied. Furthermore, the accreditation process has been made accessible and transparent to all participants in order to start the work on the necessary elements.

The kick off meeting of the GIEP project took place in Varese on November 29  and 30, 2012. The meeting represented the first opportunity to gather the partners and share vision and expectations by all sides.

The different partners presented the original idea of the project and the main objectives. The different WP leaders provided the descriptions of the Work Packages detailing activities, deliverables, time range and partners involved.

The rolling down of the different activities have been discussed within the two days, together with the discussion on the different steps to undertake for the development of the Project.

Administrative procedures and guidelines were also described, underlining the main procedures and budget assignations for the project.

First ideas on communication issues and characteristics of the future MSc were shared.

The meeting ended underlining the importance of two elements that need to be investigated: a better understanding of the Egyptian education system and a comprehensive understanding of the Bologna process and related issues.

Lorenzo Mattarolo, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy

Politecnico di Milano invited the consortium members between May 6 and 9, 2013 to Milano to discuss the further steps in the establishment of the GIEP degree.

The main aim of the meeting was to structure the Cooperation Model of the double degree to offer in the GIEP. The details of the cooperation methodology among the involved universities and their role/obligations in offering the GIEP were also discussed. The Deans of the faculties at Politecnico di Milano interested in getting involved in the GIEP (Civil Architecture, Architecture and Society, Energy, Industrial and Information Engineering, Civil and Environmental, Architectural Engineering) presented the main teaching offers that fit with GIEP.

The meeting also included a brief updating all partners of consortium about the activities progress and deliverables status  since the kick off meeting.

The major output of the meeting was that each EG university defined which tracks (Green Technology  GT, Entrepreneurship E, Sustainable Cites  SC, Sustainable Community Scom)of the GIEP program will be implemented.