This workshop was held at Faculty of Engineering and represented an opportunity to jointly involve the academic society and the industry. Representatives of the civil society, industry, companies, academic stuff, and students were invited in this workshop. The main objective of this workshop was to explore the main problems in the link between the academic society and the industry and the way to fix it. Some ideas were explored and possible solutions were revealed. This workshop was great opportunity for disseminating the master degree and revealing the abilities of the university with the GIEP master degree to solve industrial problem in a sustainable way.
This event took place during the graduation day of one of the civil engineering programs. It was a great opportunity for disseminating the master degree among graduate students that are interested in the green innovation and its postgraduate studies through the double degree programs which will be implemented between Egyptian universities and some EU members. ZU team exposed the master degree benefits to the students, who reacted with high interest to this new program.
In this workshop, an exhibition about the GIEP and the equipment bought through its fund was explored in front of the meeting of the Higher Supreme Council which was held at Zagazig University. The idea was to disseminate the project and the master degree of the GIEP to the Higher Supreme Council and promote the degree by distributing the flyers of the project. This activity gave the project partners at ZU a great opportunity of disseminating the project as the Egyptian media (TV and Newspapers) was also present.
This workshop was held at Zagazig University (ZU) as an event required from ZU in order to disseminate the project among entrepreneurs. In this event, representatives from industry, consultants, companies, university and NGOs in the field of green innovation were invited as audience and speakers. In this event the Egyptian status in green innovation and the problems faced by Entrepreneurs were explored and some solutions were presented. One of the solutions was the connection between the university and the industry in solving the industrial problem in a green way that keeps the environment without pollution. This solution was presented by Eng. Aboelela Abolenaga, the manager of the association of 10th of Ramadan industrial city investors. He also invited the academic society to visit the association and organize more workshops in order to disseminate this idea.
After three years of project implementation, this event has represented the closure of the activities, with the presentation and dissemination of the achievements reached by the consortium. The event has been opened to a broad audience, with the involvement of private companies, university representatives and NGOs, and public institutions.
His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ashraf El-Shihy also participated as special guest. He gave his open remarks, highlighting the relevance that sustainability currently acquires in the development of Egypt, and the need of research and innovation on a multidisciplinary level.
The day was structured in two different thematic sessions. The first one was focused on the academia: the GIEP universities briefly presented the results achieved in their own institutions, remarking the new implemented MSc courses and the importance of sustainability in the current Egyptian development agenda. The second session had the contribution of representatives of private sector, of the National Tempus Office, and of the Supreme Council of Universities, whose contributions has been pivotal for the recognition and implementation of the MSc GIEP in Egypt.
The event has also represented the opportunity for all the stakeholders to define and plan further actions of collaboration, in order to give to the GIEP program a long term perspective and impact on the Egyptian society.
RES4MED has organized a one-day international workshop held in Cairo on September 28th with the aim of fostering a high-level dialogue between key stakeholders, agencies, energy companies, financial institutions, investors, industrial players, technology providers and universities, to generate a deeper understanding of local needs, strengthening public-private partnership. GIEP consortium has been directly involved in the event, with the participation at the afternoon session “The challenges of education in Egypt at the light of post-2015 agenda”.
The session has represented a stimulating opportunity to discuss the roles academia and private actors in the Egyptian society to tackle the challenge of sustainable development. Alexandria University, The American University of Cairo and Cairo University have presented programs and contents being developed in the multidisciplinary frame of sustainable development, green innovation and entrepreneurship.
All the panelists agreed that working on human capital as crucial “natural and renewable” resource and empowering local capacity as consequent action is the most sustainable way to create a long lasting, autonomous and equitable development with mutual benefit at local and global level.
More information here http://www.res4med.org/
The AUC’s Center for Sustainable Development hosted a day of workshops on green entrepreneurship and social enterprise on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The event introduced participants to social entrepreneurship in Egypt, exposed them to resources and key organizations in this field, and guided them through the key stages of taking a project from idea to reality. The event brought together representatives from major organizations in the field like icecairo and ice_ribh, the AUC Venture Lab. Dr. Hani Sewilam, the program director of the MSc in Sustainable Development, opened with and participated in the session.
Dr. Hani Sewilam gave a presentation about how Egypt is in an urgent need for Sustainable Development that is linking the economic and social growth to the environmental preservation avoiding more deterioration of the lands and additional diseases for the population, while promoting preservation and good management of exhausting natural resources. He mphasized on many issues that can be summarized as follows; (1) the lack of skillful professionals who have innovative green solutions for the environmental challenges and necessary entrepreneurial skills to start-up business and create jobs for themselves and others, and (2) universities do not consider innovation and entrepreneurship as part of their education programs.
Mohamed Radwan from icecairo gave a presentation about their capabilities and expertise in training and guiding entrepreneurs especially in the field of green technology, innovation and environmental protection to develop their concepts from idea to reality. Importantly, he introduced some of the entrepreneurs already trained and showed their stories which includes difficulties and obstacles but also how they have faced and overcome them. Afterwards, Sara El Sayed from ice_ribh presented their work to foster sustainable business models in Egypt. icecairo and ice_ribh conducted a workshop for the attendees and participants through letting four participants to show their concepts and how they could develop them through discussion with other participants – this was a downsized model of their sustainable start-up lab.
As a practitioner in the field, green entrepreneur Hany Elkhodary, who is active in the field of composting, rooftop gardening and biogas applications. He is the co-founder of Biogas People, an green entreprise promoting the application
All in all, the participants have shared a rich experience which has contributed to the understanding of social and green entrepreneurship and further developed some ideas through group activities.
From April 7-9, 2014, the Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme had the great opportunity to participate in the BioVision in Alexandria.
During the three days, especially students showed great interest into the topic of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development as well as to enroll for the programme.
The panel discussion with our speakers Helmy Abouleish (SEKEM), Dr. Rasha Elkholy (Heliopolis University), Dr. Khaled Elsaadany (Alexandria University), Dr. Maria Chiara Pastore (Fondazione Politecnico di Milano), Lorenzo Mattarolo (Politecnico di Milano) and Hani Sewilam (RWTH Aachen) on the topic Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Towards a Sustainable future for Egypt was very successful and highlighted once more the interest from students and other stakeholders to link the importance of Sustainable Development to the situation in Egypt as well as the need to offer and implement an MSc which focuses on Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship.