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In the framework of the funding program ‘German-Egyptian-Progress-Partnership’ the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded the Competencies for Entrepreneurship and Employability Opportunities (CEO) project to the TH Köln in partnership with Ain Shams University (ASU). Executing institutions are the Faculty of Engineering (FoEng) at ASU and the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln.

The main objective of the project is to create mutual formats of collaboration between TH Köln and ASU on both program and institutional levels in order to install and sustain a valuable and sustainable cooperation in the field of interdisciplinary master programs.

The Summer School ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship’ is implemented by cewas in cooperation with ASU and TH Köln.

About cewas – coaching entrepreneurs in water and sanitation

cewas ( is a Swiss-based competence centre linking sustainable water, sanitation and resource management with business development. cewas is a non-profit association offering professional training, coaching, networking and consulting to bring sustainable business ideas into reality.

The work is based on the concepts of Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) and Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse, which focus on the human influence on the water cycle, its linkages to agriculture and a sustainable use, treatment and reuse of resources.

Ain Shams University

Ain Shams University: the third oldest university in Egypt after Cairo University and Alexandria University was established in 1950. The university includes 15 faculties and 2 high institutes. It includes more than 220,000 undergraduate students, 5,000 staff members, and more than 100 centers and special units. Ain Shams University seeks excellence in the field of higher education and research on the local, regional and international levels while creating an atmosphere of independence, freedom, democracy and equality that would help serve the community and attain sustainable development. The university’s mission includes integrating a culture of total quality and continuous improvement in the educational process and research, enriching the theoretical and applied knowledge in accordance with ethical standards, social and cultural life of society, also spreading the culture and ethics of scientific research and strengthening cooperation between the University and other universities, scientific research centers locally, regionally and globally. The university also works on the field of development of educational programs in light of the standards of local, regional and global levels to provide students with the latest sources of knowledge and modern technology to develop their ability in innovation, leadership and self-learning, teamwork and competition, strengthening the continuing education and distance education and activating the role of the centers and units of a special nature to provide research and advisory services to the community.

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering (FoEng) has 13 academic departments, more than 780 staff members, and about 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students distributed over its four main engineering sectors: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, in addition to its nine engineering programs under the Credit Hours Engineering Programs (CHEP). It is a research active higher education institution that runs numerous research projects, in a multitude of fields, and many related subjects that are integrated and unified recently under a wider sustainability umbrella, to serve the growing national needs for research and community awareness. In addition, the FoEng has growing awareness of pedagogical developments and needs, as well as innovative teaching methodologies. This has put the faculty on top of the list and recently been approved to deliver innovative multi/interdisciplinary programmes and accredited courses to disseminate its expertise to relevant academic audiences, local authorities, and companies.

The TH Köln

The TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) sees itself as space for technology, arts and science. Its programmes and activities are disciplinarily and culturally diverse and aim on social and technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance. The subject range of TH Köln includes the fields of Applied Natural Sciences; Architecture and Construction; Information and Communication; Computer Science; Engineering; Culture; Society and Social Sciences as well as Business Studies. More than 90 degree programmes are offered as full-time programmes or in some cases as career-integrated or part time programmes. The University hosts approximatively 26,000 students from about 120 different countries along with 440 professors and 2,000 staff members.

Research mainly focuses on future-related issues, including climate change, energy supply, health and food safety as well as demographic changes. The focus is set on the development of solution strategies for the most important questions of our time and on interdisciplinary exchange.

Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln is part of the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems and fosters professional and cultural diversity in modern research and education. The Institute aims to empower people of various technical and cultural backgrounds and enables them to solve complex issues related to environmental problems with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach at the graduate and postgraduate level.

The future orientated institute has a large international network and acts as a globally renowned “think tank” that provides innovation for the development of regional sustainability in the context of global change with an emphasis on integrated water management.

The ITT stands for modern science, development and cooperation with international partners in order to face the challenges of a changing world in an interdisciplinary and intercultural way.


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