Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (GIEP)

Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (GIEP)

The Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (GIEP) seeks to produce a new generation of social entrepreneurs who can positively contribute to the sustainable development of Egypt. This new MSc programme will enable prospective students to pursue multi-disciplinary study with the aim of addressing the dire social and environmental issues that currently plague society. Through this project, Sustainable Development and Green Economy will be pushed the forefront of entrepreneurial and societal life in Egypt.

 

Project Partners

Politecnico di Milano

RWTH Aachen University

Graz University

Alexandria University

Zagazig University

American University Cairo

Ministry of Higher Education

Sekem Develoment Foundation

Soil & More Egypt

The Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Aswan University

Project Activities:

Development of the GIEP Master’s Programme

A group consisting of professors from the participating universities and representatives from the green industry from SDF will carry out a Market Needs Analysis (MNA) which will consist of interviews with students to ascertain the level of interest the project will generate.
The universities will also ensure that they can deliver the GIEP in an environment that is workable for both the Egyptian and EU sides.
The curriculum of the GIEP itself will be developed with multidisciplinary modules in engineering, social, economic, policy, and management courses. Students will be offered study tracks and non-credit courses for success and flexibility. Despite the multidisciplinary nature of the GIEP, it will still allow each student to select the specific area or field they wish to focus on most.
The participating universities, both Egyptian and European, will develop the agreements upon which they will proceed with their cooperation. These agreements will stipulate the roles and obligations of each institute, the details of the MSc (joint or double), and admission requirements (such as ECTS, previous studies, and language proficiency).
Based on the identified syllabus, the content of the courses will be developed in an up-to-date form that copes with Euro-Mediterranean strategies. The experiences and needs of the Egyptian industry also merit attention in this regard. Best practices for entrepreneurs from Egypt and Europe will be included in the courses and the Egyptian Ministry of Education will involve the Supreme Council of Universities in the preparation process to ensure quality and compliance.

 

Enhancing the Infrastructure of the Egyptian Universities

The first task will be the identification of the current infrastructure and, therefore, also the needs of the participating Egyptian universities. These needs shall take the form of the necessary equipment, labs, and literature that will enable them to provide the GIEP and all relevant experiments and researches.
Having ascertained the necessities for the GIEP to be implemented in the Egyptian universities, the next stage will be the purchase and installation of the Green Technology Labs in the universities to fill any shortcomings in their facilities.
Once the Labs have been installed, the professors and technicians at the universities will be trained in the use of the new facilities in order that they may safely make use of the labs for the purpose of teaching the students.

 

The GIEP Training Programme

Professors and academic staff from the European universities will, in this task, carry out the necessary training required for the GIEP. Prior to the training itself, a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) will be carried out using questionnaires and interviews to identify the lacking skills and knowledge of the Egyptian staff. Furthermore, students from these selfsame Egyptian institutions will be asked to identify any shortcomings and expectations they have regarding the staff.
Based on agreed-upon specific criteria, the consortium will select the appropriate candidates who will teach the GIEP and who will therefore be trained in the provision of this package.
Following the selection of the candidates will be three training modules, which will be designed with an interdisciplinary dimension. These trainings will be carried out in Austria, Germany, and Italy, and will include training courses, workshops, and site visits.The modules shall be:
(I) Global Challenges and Sustainable Development (1 week in Germany)
(II) Green Innovation (2 weeks in Austria)
(III) Green Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Cities (2 weeks in Italy)

 

Development of a Web-based Online Learning Management System (LMS)

The Programme involves three European and four Egyptian universities. In Europe, the universities are Politecnico di Milano, RWTH Aachen University, and Graz University. The participating Egyptian universities are Alexandria University, Zagazig University, the American University Cairo, and Aswan University (for more information on these institutions, see our Partners section).A joint MSc programme will be developed on GIEP, followed by the establishment of green technology labs. Then, the staff at the Egyptian universities will receive capacity building training to enable them to teach the necessary courses for the GIEP within Egypt.
A web-based online Learning Management System will be developed, followed by a pilot implementation of the GIEP in addition to Egyptian and EU accreditation.Once fully operational, the programme will begin to produce new innovators and entrepreneurs who will know how to turn environmental and societal concerns into viable business ventures. This will translate into more private sector employment and an economy that is truly sustainable, meets the needs of society, and actively contributes to the preservation of the environment

 

Egyptian and European Accreditation and Pilot Implementation

The consortium will initiate implementation of the GIEP for at least one semester. The purpose of this trial run will be to identify any strengths or weaknesses in the course and thus allow the necessary enhancements and changes to be made during the project lifetime.
Following this, the preparation for accreditation will commence. This will involve the preparing of all necessary documents in accordance with the pre-defined criteria. Once this has been prepared, the GIEP will undergo both the Egyptian and European accreditation processes.

 

Dissemination

The target groups for dissemination identified by the consortium are:
(I) University professors, researchers, public, industry, and private sector
(II) Government officials, mainly from Egyptian ministries
(III) Other Egyptian universities open to collaboration channels
(IV) Industry and public in the targeted regions (Alexandria, Cairo, Qena, and
Sharqeyya)
Different web-based tools will be developed to disseminate the project. A web communication server will be used for internal and external dissemination of the results. The LMS will be an invaluable tool in bringing together many stakeholders to share knowledge.
A Green Outreach Programme will be initiated that will travel between the four Egyptian governorates to promote the GIEP in an innovative and attractive manner to garner the attention of not only students, but the public at large, in addition to the invitation of ministries, industry, other universities, donors, NGOs, and so forth. BSc students and graduates will also be invited to all such events.
A GIEP package will be developed that will promote GIEP in a simple and attractive way and include such things as flyers, posters, booklets, and video materials.
The consortium will also document the best practices of the successful processes as video material to be collected into a documentary to be made available online and sent to other stakeholders.

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