The SureMap team announces an open call to select 11 candidates for a Ph.D. summer school in Water Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus, which will be held at the Sekem campus of the Heliopolis University for sustainable development from 10 – 24 September 2022 (in Egypt).
The program includes topics related to the sustainable use and management of natural resources under present and emerging constraints, modern technologies applied to sustainable agricultural development, agri-food systems, food quality, and value chain.
Who can apply: Ph.D. students, Research assistants, and MSc students enrolled in one of the four Egyptian universities participating in the Suremap project. (The four universities are: Alexandria University, Aswan University, The American University in Cairo, and Heliopolis University).
The deadline for the applications is 31 July 2022.
Read more info for the Ph.D. Summer School (description, selection criteria, etc.), here.
SureMap aims to establish an interdisciplinary engineering MSc that trains engineers, suitably qualified to implement the “1.5 million feddan desert reclamation” target, as well as similar water, energy and food related challenges in the “Egypt 2030” strategy. This was based on a preliminary assessment survey that has already been carried out for MSc and Diplomas in “Sustainable Resource Management Programme to solve Desert(ed) Challenges”. The objective of this survey was to define more precisely the perceived challenges facing land and resources use for food production generally in the region and specifically in Egypt. It also covered needs, gaps, focal areas for land reclamation, resource management considerations, and relevant institutional/legal frameworks as well as sector organizations of the quadruple helix. Initial survey findings indicated a shortage of qualified personnel equipped for a modern multidisciplinary planning and technical approach which holistically addresses contemporary natural and manmade pressures and links environmental and biological sciences, engineering, and agriculture, amalgamating most of the fields in an integrated manner. The curricula content is oriented towards the need to combine know-how in solar technology, hydrology, and irrigation with mechanical, electrical, soil engineering and urban planning as well as ecological and environmental aspects. The engineers are thus well suited to manage the planning phase (including the coordination between the different specialities, to assure the development of integrated systems), reliably install and dependably maintain up-to-date technology.