German-Egyptian Cooperations

German-Egyptian Cooperations



Water-Energy-Building – Training & Transfer

The “Water-Energy-Building – Training & Transfer” (WEB-TT) Project, which is being conducted under the lead management of the Technische Universität Berlin and aims at strengthening Egyptian vocational education and training in the construction sector, was launched on April 8th, 2011. Two main objectives are being pursued; to use vocational education and training (VET) as a vehicle for making environmentally friendly and resource-saving technologies accessible to the Egyptian population and to establish the foundation for the long-term and broadly based deployment of these technologies within the country.

A total of eight partners are designing and piloting VET modules funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); as part of its “Educational Export through German Providers” program.

Egypt needs new homes every year, and as energy consumption increases strongly, resource-saving residential construction will contribute to a reduction of energy and water consumption. The Egyptians need both employment as well as sustainable and low-cost accommodation erected by qualified skilled workers. The goal of the WEB-TT Project is to develop exemplary solutions to address these prevailing conditions and requirements whilst linking innovative and sustainable technologies with training modules, which are aligned to the Egyptian circumstances and which cover water supply and disposal, energy technology and the construction trades. The aims of offering training via these packages include the facilitation of installation and maintenance works, integrating innovative and sustainable technologies which are delivered by German providers and which have been adapted to meet local conditions.




DAAD Exchange Programme: ‘Participatory Urban Regeneration’

Taking the form of a three year research-based exchange programme that started in 2013, the project addresses and questions the (recently widely adopted) idea of citizen participation in the process of urban regeneration, through case studies in four cities: Berlin, Cairo, Istanbul and Tehran. The spatial units investigated are inner-city neighbourhoods facing social or physical problems, in which traditional informal community networks can still be traced.

Recent on-the-ground activities in the target cities − either through state-led projects or voluntary NGO activities − for engaging communities in urban redevelopment projects support the idea that a feasible result can be achieved only when existing informal capacities for community engagement are incorporated into place-specific, rather than internationally-known, participation tools. This is because the concept of participation as it has been defined in the scientific literature can operate a kind of tyranny in specific cultural contexts, creating a pragmatic tool for facilitating the implementation of top-down decision-making and method design by ‘professionals’.

The programme is building up a network of academics, postgraduate students, professionals, and activists in the four cities which will take place through a series of exchange events and activities.

The project is a cooperation between Cairo University, Iran University of Science and Technology, Istanbul Technical University and Technische Universität Berlin. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office within the DAAD programme ‘Hochschuldialog mit der islamischen Welt’ and being coordinated by Technische Universität Berlin, Centre for Technology and Society.




DAAD alumna has been awarded

DAAD alumna Professor Laila Abbas Hussein has been awarded on 11 April this year by President Mohamed Mursi for her outstanding achievements in research and science in Egypt at the Day of Science with 36 other colleagues. She has rendered service not only to the Egyptian science, but also to the cooperation with German researchers. For 50 years, she maintains close contact with their research projects with their German colleagues at universities and research institutes. Since 1963 Hussein had six research trips to Germany, she wrote her doctoral thesis at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn. In addition she visited a number of prestigious German research institutes in their field, the nutritional sciences.

Since the 1980s she created surveys for the National Research Center (NRC) in Cairo. In a joint survey on lactose intolerance in Egypt with the Institute for Human Genetics of the Hannover Medical School, she found out that this disease is far more common in Lower Egypt than in Upper Egypt. At the same time she proved an excellent tolerability of lactose by the nomadic tribes in the Sinai. Based on these studies, the practice for many years in Egyptian to give pupils a glass of milk in schools in the morning to strengthen their health was reconsidered. Instead pupils get a yogurt today also compatible for people suffering from lactose intolerance. In another survey she examined in close cooperation with the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam the reactions of micro bacteria in the human body to different food products. A balanced diet strengthens the body and produces substances that kill the micro bacteria and prevent diseases. One junior researcher from her team wrote his thesis in the Institute in Potsdam and another junior researcher is going to go there next July to their laboratory to gain further experience.

Hussein is glad that the Egyptian government has recognized that only an efficient science and research landscape give a real prospect for the future of Egypt. The research funds were doubled a year ago. She sees a need for improvement in the research facilities, it still lacks of good equipment. Another challenge is to optimize the skills of young scientists, especially to ensure conditions under which scientists are to remain in Egypt. From her point of view the cooperation in these areas with European partners, particularly with Germany by the various DAAD programmes is irreplaceable. The exchange with German partners makes a lasting contribution to cope with the enormous challenges in science and research in Egypt.




Establishment of the Master programme "Environmental Archaeology"

The four-semester Master programme "Environmental Archaeology" at the Cairo University in cooperation with the University of Cologne was set up via the DAAD funding programme ‘Transformation Partnerships’. Dr. Tarek Tawfik of the Archaeological Department on the Egyptian side and Professor Michael Bollig as Vice President for International Affairs at the German side are responsible for the project. Following the idea of the DAAD programme the new Master sustains the transformation process in Egypt in many ways. Sustainable improvements can be achieved in the archaeological science, an important field for Egypt for reasons of political identity and economic. With its focus on environmental sciences and the study of prehistory it complements the Egyptian scientific community on one of its vulnerabilities and forms young academics in a fertile mix of humanities and natural science methods and approaches. The graduates are qualified for an additional employment in archaeology as well as for interdisciplinary collaborations outside academia as in tourism. With graduates of this Master programme Egypt will be able in the medium term due to explore independently, to protect and to present appropriate his "invisible" archaeological sites in the sense of "Preventive Archaeology". The international cooperation forming the basis of the course will create due to the versatile nature of the prehistoric archaeology the germ for permanent academic networks in the field of humanities and natural sciences.

After a test run in the current winter semester in spring 2013 the beginning of the programme is going to follow.

In 2015 a book was published by the Institute of Geosciences and Geography of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg to break down language barriers and thereby help remove the difficulties arising within the context of exchanging science. DAAD alumnus Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan wrote the book together with the Managing Director of the Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Prof. Dr. Herbert Pöllmann. The objective of the publication is to provide basic information and the translation of technical terms on crystallography for both Arabic as well as German students. It includes a summary of symmetry principles regarding the 32 existing crystal classes, which is expanded by application examples of macroscopic forms of important minerals and additions to the general space groups. The realisation of the publication took place within the GERSS fellowship and is the outcome of the cooperation between the Ain Shams University in Cairo and the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg funded by the MOHE-CASM and the DAAD. 

Dr.  Abdel Monem Soltan’s successful academic career started and is still going on at Ain Shams University. As a postdoc, Dr. Soltan received three GERSS Fellowships in Germany at the Bremen University and the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. By that time, he was already a Lecturer of Applied Mineralogy at the Geology Department of the Ain Shams University, followed by his current position as an Associate Professor of Applied Geology. His particular areas of interest in the very broad spectrum of applied geology are the applied and environmental mineralogy aspects and the characterisation of the raw material for ceramics, refractories and building material. As he sees science and research as keystone to the future of Egypt, Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan himself focuses especially on educating the next generation of scientist. “The first step of building up any research community is to build up the scientific researchers first”, he said.

With his work, Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan not only contributes to research and the scientific relationship between Germany and Egypt, but also continues the mission of the DAAD by making way for exchanging science.

DAAD and the German Science Centre would like to thank him and is looking forward to more success and cooperation between Egypt and Germany.


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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