Background

Egypt passed a revolution and changed its political system, but many problems are still lacking a solution. Especially in the field of water the North African country has to face many challenges. Most urgent are strategies to manage the limited water resources.

About 80% of the available water resources are consumed for agriculture and the rest are for domestic and industrial activities. The management of these resources is inefficient and a huge amount of fresh water is discarded. The shortage of water supply will definitely influence the economic and cultural development of Egypt. In 2010, Egypt was ranked number 8 out of 165 nations reviewed in the so-called ‘Water Security Risk Index’ published by Maplecroft. The ranking of each country in the index depends mainly on four key factors, i.e. access to improved drinking water and sanitation, the availability of renewable water and the reliance on external supplies, the relationship between available water and supply demands, and the water dependency of each country’s economy. Based on this study, the situation of water in Egypt was identified as extremely risky.

A number of programs and developed strategies aiming to efficiently manage the usage of water resources have been carried out in the last few years by the Egyptian Government. But all these activities, however, require the availability of trained and well-educated individuals in water technology fields. Unfortunately, the number of water science graduates are decreasing and also there are few teaching and training courses for water science offered in Egypt. However, there is still a demand for several well-structured and international programs to fill the gap and provide the Egyptian fresh graduates with the adequate and up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge available for water technology. IWaTec is designed to fill parts of this gap.

Project Mission

The mission of IWaTec is to provide the Egyptian master students with up-to-date know-how in water technologies and to bring together Egyptian and German scientists for joint research. That will enable the participants to contribute in solving some of the Egyptian water problems.

Project goals

  •  Six-months intensive program

The project aims to develop a six-months intensive program focusing on integrated water technologies for Egyptian master students. Throughout the program, 24 Egyptian students (8 per year) will have the opportunity to learn and understand the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of water chemistry, water treatment, water management and engineering of water systems.

  • Master projects

During their stay in Germany the students will also be involved in research projects (Master theses) that will be performed in close collaboration between German and Egyptian scientists. These projects will be selected by the Steering Committee of IWaTec based on their impact on solving existing water problems in Egypt.

  • Joint Research Projects

IWaTec will also encourage the scientific collaboration between the Egyptian and German researchers. As a result, possibilities for defining long-term and research focused projects are expected. These activities can be funded from other organizations in Germany and Egypt. The projects for the students’ master theses will act as seeds for such long-term collaboration.

  • Practical training Laboratory

A new practical training laboratory will be established and equipped at Fayoum University. This lab will give the Students the possibility to get practical experience as well as perform research.

  • Long-term collaboration

The proposed program will be the first step in a long-term collaboration between the involved partners in Egypt and Germany potentially aiming in a double-degree study course.