The SATIS project aims to establish a sustainable triple structure Master degree including research, education and knowledge transfer for economic and societal benefit. This project proposal is based on one decade experience of successfully running such triple structures at Bremen University and transfer DAAD projects between the universities Bremen (Germany) and Ngaoundéré (Cameroon) including south-south co-operation between Ngaoundéré and Suez Canal University Ismailia (SCU), Egypt.
The triple elements of the national higher education system should interact on many levels. Research has to be incorporated into teaching in order to meet the educational standards of the EHEA and the promotion of young academics’ innovative research approaches. In addition, research results have to be brought to practical applications in order to respond to current and future societal challenges. Finally, highly qualified graduates are the future university and company employees or entrepreneurs providing the foundations for economic success and the structural change required both, in Egypt as well as in Germany. The methodology proposed includes a demonstration pilot around an international MSc program in Ecology at SCU. The piloting MSc study program is based on the transfer of a research demonstration and education approach developed by the University of Bremen for the restoration of degraded soils and the afforestation of drylands (ReviTec®). Establishing a ReviTec® research, teaching and demonstration site at SCU Ismailia’s field station St. Catherine’s, the Egyptian MSc students together with their supervisors become directly involved in ongoing international research activities while learning at the same time according to an innovative educational concept to cope with the pressing problem of desertification.
These concrete educational and research activities including extensive train-the-trainer will be the driver for capacity building with sustainable structures for multifaceted teaching approaches, transdisciplinary research and a value-adding transfer service. In a first step, the SATIS project will analyze the organizational requirements and its status quo in education, research and technology transfer according to ISO15504 innoSPICE. This university-internal reflection will be used to support the management of SCU to improve their related processes in a targeted and structured way.
The SATIS project will also contribute to the improvement of university and educational system management driving to better university governance and promoting Egyptian national universities’ collaboration as well as international cooperation. The long established culture of collaboration between different research organizations for common benefit (win-win) is an important strength within the German science system. Based on the experience from Bremen University, it is planned to set up a long-term collaboration between Cairo University and SCU for applied research. The proposal is in line with [Book of Projects; Africa-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement , 8th Priority Action on “Science, Information Society and Space” Addis Ababa], establishing that “the cooperation on specific scientific topics, sharing data and scientific knowledge, at national, continental and international level will create the conditions for better understanding and solving the African problems via the African scientists.“ The future scientific outcomes of the project and concretely of the ReviTec site can be directly transferred to Egyptian stakeholders and generate subsequent targeted projects.