First Training Programme: 3-15 September 2017, London, UK
The first training programme has been planned to suit the Egyptian context and needs to catalyse the sustainable planning, construction and management of the mega projects currently developing in Egypt. A group of academics and researchers from Ain Shams University form the training programme participants.
The training programme is developed, following stakeholder consultations, to be based on two main streams; core stream and specialist stream. The core stream covers fundamental principles, theories and the prerequisite knowledge of sustainability indicators and approaches. The specialist stream is oriented towards cutting-edge science in low-carbon building materials and technology, building envelope design, waste management, pollution control, energy, and sustainable building performance amongst other important aspects.
The first training programme is planned to run in September 2017. The training programme has been structured to include lectures and workshops delivered by experts from the UEL and the UoS and renowned academics from other HEIs in the UK. Professional software trainings for Design Builder and Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) will be delivered to apply theory to practical exercises and to help visualise the strategies implemented within hypothetical and real life case studies. This will run in parallel to a programme of field visits to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park in Watford, The Crystal Exhibition by Siemens in London, and visits to a variety of new and existing developments in Greater London.
Continuous capacity-building will convey by the establishment of jointly-run, internal and external training involving all partners. Training will be provided by specialists from cross and interdisciplinary domains targeting diverse stakeholders. The training will be based on transferring knowledge, education, best practice, experiences as well as discussing local issues and knowledge gaps. Besides, professional exchange of staff for training purposes and facilitating information exchange and knowledge between partners leading to trans-regional knowledge transfer and learning.
Effective partner coordination and promoting industrial partnership is a key strategy for maintaining sustainability of the project. The continuous alignment and benchmarking of the BC-SDBE research and training programmes with UK education and professional training standards will guarantee a consistently high standard of services provided. The training programmes will be mainly supported and further developed by the FoE, ASU. Innovation, learning and scaling up constitute one of the six principles of engagement. Owing to the uniqueness of the project approach in Egypt and the MENA region, the project outcomes and design guidelines have potential opportunities of being scaled-up to the international community in the MENA region, thus creating sustainable education and training networks. Besides, the project partner institutions are ranked as world class in education and research which makes them looked up to by other institutions in the country, thus potentially providing a multiplier effect of BC-SDBE project.