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Workshops in 2011 and 2012 funded within the DAAD Transformation Partnership Program

Student Participation as an Element for Democratic Universities - Part II


16 students from TU Berlin participated in a workshop in Cairo, carried out jointly by Ain Shams University (ASU) and WANACU. Entitled "Student Participation as an Element of Democratic Universities - Part II", this workshop was the follow-up of another workshop between ASU and WANACU in February 2012. The topic was, again, the role of students in university politics in Germany and Egypt.

The workshop was financed by the DAAD within the Transformation Partnership Program. Head of the project which was coordinated and organized by WANACU was Prof. Dr. Enrico Gualini, Chair of Planning Theory at TU Berlin's Institute for Urban and Regional Planning.

The intense 10-day program included a lot of activities related to the content of the workshop such as lectures and discussions, but also cultural and touristic activities. The participating students were overwhelmed by the impressions and the hospitality of their hosts in Cairo.

Currently, the participants are working on a report which will be published on this website early next year.

Photos are already available on WANACU's facebook site: please visit http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.234476540015218.53843.133884073407799&type=3


Future Workshop "El Gouna 2030" carried out at Campus El Gouna


The “Future Workshop El Gouna 2030” took place at Campus El Gouna on 16th to 17th September 2012. The event was organized and carried out by WANACU in cooperation with the management of El Gouna. The “Future Workshop El Gouna 2030” brought together two key topics:

• Challenges and Chances of El Gouna and its neighborhood in the context of the Red Sea (Day 1), and

• El Gouna Town on the way to Eco City - fields of cooperation with TU Berlin (Day 2).

About 60 people participated in each of the two workshop days, including citizens of El Gouna and the Red Sea Region, representatives of local organizations, companies and other institutions interested in the topic, and different Egyptian universities.

The workshop was a great chance for actors and experts working in the same field - local and non-local - to exchange opinions and ideas with regards to the development of El Gouna and the Red Sea Region. It already was agreed to carry out several follow-up events to take place in the near future, focusing on particular aspects that were discussed during the workshop.

Photos are already available on WANACU's facebook site: please visit http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.224571361005736.50721.133884073407799&type=1


Academic Self-Government as an Element of Democratic Universities


The event “Academic Self Government on the Level of Faculties as a Fundamental Element of Democratic Universities” took place at TU Berlin’s Campus El Gouna from 17th and 20th May 2012. Around 35 representatives of Egyptian and German universities participated in the event which was financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The event combined three main ideas: the first one was to carry out the 83rd so-called "Meeting of German Deans of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture" (usually referred to as “DARL”) at the new “Campus El Gouna” of Technische Universität Berlin which is a member university of the DARL. DARL meetings are usually carried out twice a year in Germany and serve as a regular forum for German Deans and heads of departments to discuss issues of common interest and elaborate recommendations for the policies of the schools and faculties. This time, Egyptian colleagues were invited to join the DARL and –the second idea of this event – discuss whether a similar regular meeting could be established in Egypt as well –and in what form. The third idea was to use the opportunity of a meeting of Egyptian and German University representatives from similar fields to have discussions about existing cooperation and possibilities for future joint activities.

The event was seen as a great success by all participants. Some of the Egyptian representatives met in the evenings in order to discuss if similar regular meetings could be established in Egypt as well. In order investigate this issue more in detail and to have further talks about collaboration between the participation universities from both countries, it is planned to invite the Egyptian colleagues to the next official DARL meeting to take place in German in November 2012.

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Please visit our facebook sites to see some photos www.facebook.com/WestAsiaNorthAfricaCooperationUnitWanacu.



Student Participation as an Element of Democratic Universities


After some very intense and fruitful days in Berlin and Hamburg, the group of students from Ain Shams University is finally back in Egypt. The trip was very interesting not only for the Egyptian students, but also for the organisers and participating students and staff members of TU Berlin who learned a lot during the workshop.

One of the highlights was surely the meeting with Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan on the first day. Announced as a presentation on the role of universities on democracy, the meeting quickly turned into an intense discussion.

More pictures are visible on the facebook site of Café PlanWirtschaft, a café at TU Berlin which is run by students: www.facebook.com/media/set/


Summer School "The New Urban Revolution in Greater Cairo"

Monday, 10. May 2010


Together with Ain Shams University in Cairo and in collaboration with TU Berlin’s Habitat Unit, WANACU carried out a Summer School in Cairo, Egypt, between 31th September and 9th October. Title of the Summer School was “The New Urban Revolution”.


25 Egyptian students from different universities joined the event which focused on urban regeneration in informal areas in Greater Cairo. The summer school program included lectures, presentations, group work, discussions and a participatory planning workshop together with the local community in an informal area in Cairo.


Photos can be found on our facebook site under the following link: www.facebook.com/media/set/


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