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Educational project on resource efficient housing in Egypt started on 8th April 2011

The coordination workshop of the project „Water-Energy-Building – Training and Transfer” (WEB-TT) was held on 8th April 2011. Aim of the project which is coordinated by TU Berlin is to strengthen vocational education in construction industry in Egypt. Implementation of the project is planned near Cairo. “We want to achieve two goals” says Professor Dr. Johannes Meyser, “first of all, the Egyptian people shall have access to environmental-friendly, resource-efficient technologies through vocational education. Furthermore, we want to lay the foundation to use these technologies all over the country permanently”. Johannes Meyser from the Institute for Vocational Education and Work Studies of TU Berlin, Chair for Technical Didactics of Building Techniques and Landscape Design is scientifically responsible for the project. Altogether, 8 partner institutions will develop and test modules for vocational education in Egypt during the 3-year project.

The Project will receive about 1.1 Million Euros of funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) within the program “Bildungsexport durch deutsche Anbieter” and has an overall budget of 1.8 Million Euros.


Egypt is in need of about 350,000 new housing units. Facing an increase of energy consumption in Egypt by more than 70 per cent since 1980 – 90 per cent of which come from fossil fuels –, resource efficient housing plays an important role. Furthermore, the use of fresh water was 127 per cent of the renewable level in 1996, far more than nature can regenerate. 40 Million Egyptians are under 25 years old, about half of the total population. They are in need of paid jobs as well as permanent housing at a reasonable price, to be built by qualified workers. The project WEB-TT aims at developing exemplary solutions and at connecting innovative sustainable technologies with educational modules in the fields of water supply and wastewater disposal, power engineering and civil engineering, adjusted to Egyptian conditions.

Aim of the education based on these modules is among other things to allow installation and maintenance works which integrate new and sustainable technologies from German suppliers, adjusted to local conditions. At the same time, German companies have the opportunity to introduce their solutions into the Egyptian market, and to market them successfully.

“We aim at establishing an exemplary vocational education center in a New Town near Cairo” says Johannes Meyser, “as this offers great chances to serve the needs close to reality and to test the results in step with actual practice. The center will be part of a New Town named ,Haram City’ which is currently under construction and will have 50,000 housing units.” Johannes Meyser already gained experience in that field as a member of a TU consortium in the megacity project „Young Cities” in Iran (#intern 4/2011). The pilot project in Egypt shall prove the transferability of the model to other countries.

Kester von Kuczkowski, manager of the project and managing director of the „Campus El Gouna“ in which the project is administered is very happy about the fact that WEB-TT was approved in this challenging time of new departures and the transformation process in Egypt. “By that, we can contribute to a sustainable development of such a – in a dual sense – young society. Furthermore, after the conception of the TU Campus in El Gouna at the Red Sea which has been developed together with Orascom Hotels & Development (OHD), owned by the TU alumnus Samih Sawiris, the project is a proof of the expandability and the manifold possibilities for collaboration of the Campus El Gouna with the visionary Samih Sawiris.” That is to say, close collaboration with the Orascom group is planned in the framework of WEB-TT, namely with Orascom Education and Orascom Housing Communities, a sister company of OHD which is specialized on settlements for low-income people.

“In the face of the political change and the initial position which is nevertheless convenient in the whole, Egypt should form the basis for transferable solutions by TU Berlin in the field of sustainable habitat development” says Daniel Karsch. His „West Asia North Africa Cooperation Unit“ (WANACU) at School VI – Planning - Building -Environment at School VI is among other things responsible for knowledge transfer.tui

Further partners within the project WEB-TT:

Transferable Export Technology Modules: German Water Partnership e.V. WILO SE
Vocational Education Modules : Berufsbildungs- und TechnologieZentrum (BTZ) der Handwerkskammer Osnabrück-Emsland Ausbildungszentrum-Bau in Hamburg GmbH Bundesbildungszentrum des Zimmerer- und Ausbaugewerbes, Kassel
Combining of the export packages, marketing strategy, innovation assurance, evaluation: inter3 GmbH
Educational media: ModernLearning GmbH

Jeronimo Nuñez von Voigt
West Asia North Africa Cooperation Unit (WANACU)
Sekr. CAR-B2
Carnotstraße 1, 10587 Berlin

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