RWTH Aachen is the largest university of technology in Germany and one of the most renowned technical universities in Europe. The RWTH was founded as a Polytechnikum in 1870. Teaching and research are characterised by an international, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach. RWTH Aachen has a long history of close and wide-ranging co-operation with national and international industries and research centres. The department of Engineering Hydrology has wide experience in Sustainable Water Management (SWM). The department has a section entitled “UNESCO Chair for Water Management and Climate Change”. The chair’s main role is to promote SWM in the Middle East. The Chair will play a significant role in developing GIEP. The department is also leading the eLearning group of the RWTH since 2004. The eLearning AG is a group of eLearning experts from all the university departments. This eLearning AG will play an important role in developing the Learning Management System.
RWTH Aachen also leads the implementation of work package 4 (Developing the Learning Management System). Aachen develops all water related activities and courses in WP1. It develops and provides training on eLearning and blended learning techniques. RWTH is also responsible for providing training module in Germany on “Global Changes and Sustainable Development”. This includes preparation and adoption of training materials to cope with local Egyptian circumstances. The courses cover topics such as “global water reality” and “water and green economy”. At an early stage of the project, RWTH Aachen develops the web-based communication server to use it for uploading/downloading the necessary materials for the project. It also supports the grant applicant in managing the project and provides the necessary advice based on wide experience in implementing TEMPUS projects, mainly in Egypt and the MEDA region.