• Strengthening the Link between Academic research & Industry needs


    Strengthening the link between academic research and industry needs






    Project Owner: TU Graz

    Project Management (SEKEM): Bianca Fliß

    Duration: 3 years

    Involved Entities: Consortium of 11 partners (incl. 5 MENA and 3 European universities)


  • Outcomes

    • Strategy paper on how to establish a chair on innovation

    • Staff trainings on innovation

    • Master twinning projects


  • Project Rationale

    The EU higher education policy towards the MEDA countries is to strengthen the role of higher education institutions in society at large; to address the “knowledge triangle” of education, research and innovation at university level; and to encourage links between higher education institutions and the labor market, including the promotion of entrepreneurship and the creation or support of business start-ups.

    In 2007, The United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO, agreed to provide technical support to UNCHIAN. In the framework of this initiative, the UNIDO financially and technically supported a workshop that has been organized in Vienna (2007). This workshop allowed representatives from the MEDA universities to discuss with the three EU universities the main R&D and innovation problems. This workshop concluded that the MEDA Universities have several problems should be addressed to qualify them to benefit from such initiatives. The MEDA universities have no mechanism to work with the industry, no technology transfer offices, no Technology Transfer Policy (TTP) and no skilled staff to translate the industry need to R&D subjects. The conclusion was to apply for a TEMPUS project to establish a “University Chairs on Innovation”.

  • Objectives

    The overall objective of this project is bridging the gap between the innovation needs of industry and the supply of universities, in terms of human resources and technologies by establishing a “University Chair on Innovation”.

    Important to mention, that the overall objective of this multi-country project is in the same line with the EU program-wide priorities (Higher Education and Society) and it matches also the two main national priorities identified by the involved MEDA countries (Development of partnerships with enterprises and Knowledge triangle: education-innovation research).

    Tempus UNCHAIN is 3-year project (2009-2011) under European Commission - TEMPUS IV for

    • Establishing University Chairs on Innovation in the MEDA Region

    • Developing Technology Transfer Policy and Training of Chair Holders

    • Initiating a re-skilling program on Innovation

    • EU MEDA Twinning MSc Thesis Program

    • Developing an EU-MEDA Virtual Environment and Strategy for University-Industry Cooperation in Innovation

  • JIM2L

    Development of Joint International Master Degree and LifelongLearning Framework in Mechatronics (JIM2L)







    Project Owner: Bochum University of Applied Science

    Project Management (HU):  Bianca Fliß

    Project Lifetime: 15. October 2011 – 14. October 2014

    Partners:  Consortium of 11 partners (incl. 5 MENA and 3 European universities)


    • Curriculum for a joint master degree (MSc) in Mechatronics in;

    • Mechatronics training courses for engineers from the industry supporting lifelong learning;

    • Well trained staff members at the participating;

    • Advanced laboratories for Mechatronics studies;

  • Project Rationale

    The main idea of JIM2L is to establish a joint international MSc program in Mechatronics combined with a lifelong learning strategy is motivated by the need of higher education systems to adapt to changing economic and social environments within a modern information society. Looking at the economy and industry in Egypt (EG) and Jordan (JO), the demands for young engineers are different from those in more industrialised countries. In small and medium sized enterprises the work of one engineer may cross over between several engineering discipline fields; in larger enterprises the Mechatronics engineer may lead a team, maximising effective management and production through software and electronic knowledge. The introduction of Mechatronics engineers causes a positive reorganisation in many firms. Recognising this fact, many countries in the Middle East have started to integrate Mechatronics, the modern engineering field with its interdisciplinary triangle of mechanical, electronic and information technology engineering into their higher education programmes, - mostly as BSc programs. The further development and strengthening of these first steps in engineering education towards closer networking between industry and universities is an important goal which is pursued with this project. Based on the experience of the former project DIMPTOT the consortium is striving to develop a curriculum for a MSc degree in Mechatronics in accord with the Bologna Convention. This degree not only enhances the higher education systems in EG and JO, but also supports the establishment of a sustainable bridge between the countries and with Europe in the vital industrial engineering field of Mechatronics. The MSc degree will be the basis for a PhD degree later on. The curricula will take into account the different economic spectra in EG with its wide diversity including agriculture, tourism, a dominant textile industry and other industry fields. In JO the situation is different. The part of the agriculture is significantly smaller than in Egypt. Here the mining and chemical industries are the main industrial employers. Also a steady growth in the logistic industry has occurred during the past years.

  • Objectives

    - Development the curriculum of a Mechatronics Master degree;

    - Development of an industry linked curriculum of a lifelong learning framework in Mechatronics together with the new Training Centres to be established;

    - Establishment national Industry-University networks in the beneficiary countries in Mechatronics;

    - To define statutes and articles of national networks for Mechatronics engineers trained university staff/lectures through EU universities and industry companies;

  • Green Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programme – GIEP






    Sector: Higher Education

    Name of organisation: HU/SDF

    Location of the action: Egypt

    Cost of the action (EUR): 999,904.30

    Lead partner: Politecnico di Milano

    Donor: EC Commission

    Duration: 15/10/2012 to 14/10/2015

    European Partners:

    RWTH Aachen, TU Graz, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Milano

    Egyptian Partners:

    Aswan University, Alexandria University, American University Cairo, Zagazig University, SEKEM, Soil&More, Heliopolis University

  • Project Objectives

    The wider objective is to „promote and implement Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship concepts nationwide and provide the market with the sustainable developers“. The specific objectives are;

    1) Developing a joint/double MSc program on “Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship” GIEP.

    2) Establishing green technology labs.

    3) Developing the capacities of the academic members.

    4) Developing a Web-based online Learning Management System.

    5) Pilot implementation of GIEP and EG & EU accreditation.


  • Outcomes

    Since the project just started 6 month ago, many activities are still under way. In the first period of the project a Needs Analysis has been carried out among industries, international organisations and students, to identify the market problems and needs, expected qualifications of the post graduates of GIEP and recommendations of GIEP. Furthermore the development of the cooperation model agreements between the involved universities is currently being elaborated as well as a first draft of the proposed GIEP content.

  • TriNex – Knowledge Triangle Platform


    Applicant:  Heliopolis University

    Budget:  880 000 €

    Duration:  36 Months


    Politecnico di Milano (Italy), RWTH Aachen (Germany), Montpellier SupAgro (France), Alexandria, Uni, Cairo Uni, Heliopolis Uni, AUC, Bibliotheca Alexandria (Egypt), TU Graz (Austria)

    Project Objectives:

    The first objective is the development of a platform wherein Research, Education, and Innovation (the Knowledge Triangle) can be synthesized toward working on the WEF Nexus on the national level. The Prime Minister’s Council is currently establishing a platform for desalination and renewable energy, and TriNex can contribute additional dimensions to this undertaking.

    This will initially require a needs analyses, followed by the creation of three WEF National Strategic Committees, one each for capacity building and education, research, and innovation. The development of a WEF National Strategy, and ultimately pilot projects in Education, Research, and Innovation, will follow. The above will be completed halfway through the project’s lifetime and is mainly the responsibility of the American University in Cairo with help from the Egyptian and European partners.

  • Project Outcomes

    • A National Strategy for the WEF-Nexus is identified and discussed with stakeholders

    • A WEF-Nexus Coordination Body is established within each partner university

    • Qualified Egyptian academics are trained to face WEF-Nexus multidisciplinary projects

    • A Euro–Egyptian PhD Program on the WEF-Nexus is defined with a pilot implementation and an international conference

    • A web-based Knowledge Sharing System is on line and training materials are shared

  • Interdisciplinary Programme on Climate Change & Sustainability Policy

    Funding Program: TEMPUS

    Year: (2014-2017)

    Project Reference Number: 543879-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-GR-TEMPUS-JPCR

    Partners/Countries: Partners: University of Crete, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Heliopoilis University for Sustainable Development, Suez Canal University, Aswan University, Port Said University, Education for Employment Foundation Egypt, Egyptian Business Women Association, Hashemite University, University of Jordan, American University of Madaba, Jerash Private University, Jordan Environment Society, Notre Dame University -Louaize, Lebanese American University.

    Total Budget: 1,248,635.60 Euros

    Project Theme: Climate Change and ESD

    Project Main Scope: 1. Education


    The main issue that CLIMASP is trying to address is the issue of Climate Change (CC). CC is one of the greatest challenges facing the world and facing this challenge is essential for securing a sustainable future. As such, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is one of the most power tools for addressing this challenge. This project aims at developing a minor degree and a Diploma in Climate Change in order to face these problems and raise awareness through an interdisciplinary program that focuses on both sustainable development and Climate Change.

  • Project Outcomes

    • Develop and implement capacity-building workshops for building interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder driven climate change curricula responsive to societal needs.

    • Involve university staff and other key stakeholders (e.g. students, professionals) in the development of an undergraduate interdisciplinary program on CLIMAte change and Sustainability Policy (CLIMASP) in each partner country university.

    • Integrate, implement and assess the CLIMASP program as an integral part to existing undergraduate academic degrees in disciplines like education sciences, applied sciences, technical sciences, economics/ business sciences, humanities and social sciences.

    • Contextualise the Europass supplement diploma in the partner countries' universities and the Arab region.

  • Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability






    Project Owner: University of Crete

    Project management: Matthias Keitel

    Start: Oct 2010,  End: Oct 2013

    Involved Entities: HU, SDF + 5 ME Univ. + 6 European Univ. + UNESCO + 2 NGOs



    • Training for teaching staff (Community of Practice)

    • University curricula that address sustainability


    In a nutshell:


    The RUCAS (Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability) is an E.U. TEMPUS project led by the Dpt. of Primary Education of the University of Crete that was launched on October 2010 with a 3-yr duration. Main goal of RUCAS is to support the development of ESD in the Higher Education sector in developing countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon) with the help of developed countries (Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden).

  • Project Rationale

    Higher Education Institutions in the Arab region face challenges related to the slow progress regarding the implementation of the UN Decade (2004-2015) of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This is due to a number of barriers such, limited staff awareness and expertise and lack of appropriate curricula, new teaching methods and courses to address ESD. In response to these needs and priorities, six HEIs from the EU joined efforts with six HEIs from the Arab region and an UNESCO Regional Office and pioneering NGOs to form a Consortium to tackle the identified constraints and needs. The ambitious goal of the project is to help partner HEIs in the Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon) to embed ESD into their curricula. The Project undertakes a wide range of activities to develop resources, revise and develop new curriculum initiatives, build capacity and strengthen national and regional networks.

  • Partners

    The Partners:


    • University of Crete Greece- Applicant- Leader

    • University of Athens Greece: Dpt of Chemistry and Dpt of education in preschool age

    • Dublin City University Ireland

    • Stockholm’s University  Sweden

    • University of Padova  Italy

    • University of Bordeaux3 France

    • NGOs

    • MIO/ECSDE and MEdIES, Greece


    The Partners from Arab countries of Mediterranean are:


    • Suez Canal University, Egypt

    • Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development Egypt

    • Hashemite University Jordan

    • University of Jordan Jordan

    • Notre Dame University Lebanon

    • Université de La Sagesse Lebanon

    • UNESCO Regional Office Beirut for the Arab States, Lebanon

    • SEKEM Development Foundation (SDF), Egypt

    • League of Independent Activists (Indy ACT), Lebanon