Sustainable Development & Climate Change

  • Project Description

    Development of an Interdisciplinary Programme on Climate Change and Sustainability Policy


    The main issues that CLIMASP is trying to address is the issue of Climate Change.  Climate Change 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.

  • Achievements

    The results up till now include a list of 15 courses that have been reoriented to be used in the CLIMASP minor.  Furthermore, 4 courses are currently in a Pilot phase in order to assess their impact

  • Partners & Funding Agencies

    Acronym: CLIMASP

    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

  • Project Description

    Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability


    Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 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.


    As a response to these needs and priorities, six HEIs from the European Union led by the University of Crete (UNESCO Chair ICT in ESD) joined efforts with six HEIs from the Arab region along with UNESCO Regional Office for the Arab States and pioneering NGOs to form a Consortium to tackle the identified constraints and needs. The overriding goal of the project is to help partner HEIs in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon embed ESD into their curricula. The Project will initiate a wide range of activities to develop resources, revise and develop new curriculum initiatives, build capacity and strengthen national and regional networks.

  • Achievements

    Results of the RUCAS project were that over 35 HU courses were reoriented to address sustainability and sustainable development from the 3 faculties.  Furthermore, a centre for interdisciplinary studies and e-learning was funded and developed.


    Ramzy, O., & Wahieb, R. (2012). Branding the Green Education: Challenges facing Implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in Egypt. Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 3, 83–99.


    Ramzy, O., Kanbar, N., & Eldahan, O. (2014). Evaluation by Heliopolis University of the Infusion of Sustainability within Notre Dame University and La Sagesse University, Lebanon. RUCAS Case Studies and Student Practicum Placement Projects, 1(1), 119–127.

  • Partners & Funding Agencies

    Acronym: RUCAS

    Funding Program: TEMPUS

    Year: (2010-2013)

    Project Reference Number: 5111118-TEMPUS-1-2010-1-GR JPCR

    Partners/Countries: Involved Entities:

    HUE, SDF + 5 Universities from Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt + 6 European Univ. + UNESCO + 2 NGOs

    Total Budget: 843,421 Euros


    Project Theme: ESD

    Project Main Scope : 1. Education;