Campus El Gouna was established to act as a scientific and academic field office of Technische Universität Berlin on the Red Sea in Egypt. In its new satellite Campus in El Gouna, TU Berlin offers three Master degree programs and furthermore great possibilities for science, research and development and events of all kind. Campus El Gouna is a unique public-private partnership (PPP) project in the field of education export. It was financed by TUB alumnus Samih Sawiris and opened its doors in October 2012.
The research Campus El Gouna is a scientific field office of Technische Universität Berlin in Egypt in the heart of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. It provides a fully equipped environment for studying, research and development as well as for cultural and scientific events.
The three 2-year Master programs play a central role in the Campus profile. Teams of up to 90 students per year study under supervision of and in cooperation with about 40 experts in the fields of Energy Engineering, Water Engineering and Urban Development to create sustainable solutions for the challenges in the MENA region. The Campus offers the perfect conditions for the students to learn, research, discuss and experiment.
As a place for research and development, the Campus provides a state-of-the-art environment to develop sustainable and applicable technologies to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. It brings together TU Berlin’s experts as well as the future professionals within the lab-like emerging city of El Gouna.
Joint activities with corporate partners such as innovative forms of training and further education as well as research and development play an important role for Campus El Gouna as well. It serves as an interdisciplinary incubator for new approaches to technology and knowledge transfer for strengthening societal awareness and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Centrally located in the MENA region at the Red Sea, TU Berlin Campus El Gouna – together with the town of El Gouna – is a perfect place for scientific events such as workshops, conventions and conferences on emerging topics.
The broad range of different activities makes TU Berlin Campus El Gouna a scientific and cultural hub between Europe and the MENA region.
Knowledge Transfer at TU Berlin
Since the early 1990s, the transfer of educational services is gaining importance. In particular, England, Australia, and the U.S. have placed international study programs on the international education market, but also German universities are increasingly involved in international education exports. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) has always been committed to cooperation with foreign universities. It is also interested in expanding and increasing cooperation with foreign partners, especially partnerships that bolster its expertise in teaching and research. Most projects can be classified as non-profit, whereby fees and third-party funds cover running costs.
From Idea to Launch
To capitalize on the unique character of the MENA region – including arid climate, high levels of urbanization and great potential for solar energy generation – there is a great demand for highly skilled professionals in the engineering field.
In 2006, Samih Sawiris, former TU Berlin graduate and current Chairman of Orascom Development Holding AG, discussed with then TU Berlin President Dr. Kurt Kutzler the prospect of a “science branch” of TU Berlin in Egypt.
Classes at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna began on 28 October 2012, offering three Master degree programs in Energy Engineering, Urban Development, and Water Engineering. The programs are attended by students from Egypt and other countries.
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