Development and implementation of the International Master`s program “Ecology” at SCU

One of the main objectives of SATIS project is the development of an international Master of Ecology (MEC) program at the Suez-Canal University (SCU), which educate students in the field of ecology, qualifying them for profession and scientific career. This study program should be open for students of every country, also Non-Arab students, who is interested in biology, ecology or a related subject. As an international Master all courses will offered in English.

IMG_1758The development of a new MEC is adapted to national and international (European Higher Education Area – EHEA) accepted regulations. Since the SATIS kick-off meeting in February the national accreditation process is started. The dean of the Faculty of Science as well as the president of the SCU approved in June the implementation of a new MEC. To link the new MEC with EHEA, students will get credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Moreover an academic year in Egypt is very similar to German and improves the possibility that Master students from SCU and Bremen University could exchange on course level, semester, research project or thesis, founded by different program (DAAD, international Erasmus, etc.)

The current state is the development of curriculum and course contents. The program will consist of 4 Semester (two years) including a half year M.Sc. thesis according to the EHEA. The structure is left to the MEC program at the University of Bremen by adaption to Ismailian needs and facilities. Besides obligatory courses specialization will be possible by an individual choice of optional courses like Population, Vegetation or Soil Ecology. To offer a variety of courses different departments of Faculty of Science are involved. The courses consist of theoretical and practical parts and also include self studying. Methods of teaching and instruction will be lectures, seminars, laboratories and excursion. Further the ReviTec® approach will be an essential part in teaching and courses like Experimental Design, Vegetation Ecology, Soil Ecology, Sustainability Research, and Biodiversity, research activity in project course or for Master Thesis.

During the visit of Prof. Raouf Moustafa, Prof. Samira R. Mansour and Dr. Saad Zaghloul at the University of Bremen in September 2015 the curriculum was discussed and concretized. After finishing the MEC curriculum content will be sent to the Supreme Council of Universities in Cairo to approve it on national base. This is scheduled for the next month.

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About Thomas Buse

Thomas Buse is scientific staff in the Ecology working group at the Center for environmental Research and Sustainable Technology – UFT, University of Bremen (Germany). After his studies in Biology at University of Bremen he became a PhD student in the field of soil ecology in 2009. During the next years he became an international expert in the ReviTec® approach to combat soil degradation and desertification and worked in this issue in several international projects (China, Cameroon). After he had finished his PhD he is working as lectures at the University of Bremen and became scientific coordinator of the DAAD founded project SATIS for the implementation of an international Master of Ecology program and a ReviTec® research and demonstration site at the Suez-Canal University, Egypt.

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