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.

SATIS project is about to start

Parts of the SATIS project team from Bremen University were invited to the 6th international conference of ESES (Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences) 2015 on “Genetics, Biotechnology and Sustainable Development in Safe Environment” (2.-4.2.2015). Prof. Hartmut Köhler and Dr. Thomas Buse from the UFT at University of Bremen and Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the TZI – Innovation Capability Center  at University of Bremen.

Prof. Raouf Mustafa and Dr. Michael Boronowsky are meeting to formally start the SATIS project.

Prof. Raouf Mustafa and Dr. Michael Boronowsky are meeting to formally start the SATIS project.

Prof. Köhler was invited by Humboldt Foundation to chair the opening session of the conference and to present his research regarding ReviTec (Effective university cooperation in combating soil degradation and desertification – Germany, Cameroon, Egypt) and Dr. Buse was presenting his research. Dr. Boronowsky was invited from Humbold Stiftung and DAAD to Suez Canal University to present the new DAAD projects RAMSES and SATIS projects coordinated by University Bremen in the opening session of the conference. The topic of the presentation was “Innovation capability and ISO/IEC15504 innoSPICE – an European Perspective – Universities as Actors in the Regional Innovation System (you can download presentation here ).