Stakeholder Consultation Workshop
Stakeholder Consultation Workshop: August 2017, Cairo, Egypt
In response to the needs and constraints initially identified by the project partners and stakeholders from industry, research bodies and professionals in the discipline, the underlying vision for BC-SDBE to educate for sustainability, build capacity and upsurge employability in the building sector; graduates and practitioners should be enabled to develop a well-rounded interdisciplinary knowledge base of sustainability principles, strategies and trends. The anticipated benefit is two-fold; the knowledge and practice will benefit the community and the country at the wider scale, and the capacity-building process will directly benefit individuals who learn and apply their scholarship in their practice. Effective stakeholder participation in the programme delivery process is a vital component for target groups. Besides, this promotes a grass roots input which is more effective than a top-down approach. This has started in the form of stakeholder consultations to outline the specific needs and demands of the construction labour market. This was then followed by steering group meetings to formalise those needs and demands
The project kick starts with a set of task and finish groups and consultations with stakeholder representatives from academia, research, practice, NGOs, industrial partners, syndicate engineers, among others. Four stakeholder consultation events will be run throughout the project duration to ensure views of stakeholders in the building sector feed into the research and training provided by BC-SDBE. Partners will organise and run three workshops per year to provide directions, outline the research and training framework and review project activities and participants’ feedback/feed-forward to will be organized during the project duration.
A stakeholder workshop was carried out in Cairo during August 2017. The aim of this workshop was to identify the priority steps needed to adapt the current university curricula in Egypt to encourage a broader range of education surrounding sustainable development in the construction and building disciplines than exists at present. The workshop also aimed to gather understanding surrounding the needs gap that must be overcome to increase the number of graduates leaving university with an industry appropriate skill set. To achieve this workshop attendees were formed of Academic, NGO, Industry representatives and Government institute members. These stakeholders were invited from across the whole of Egypt. The stakeholders were then led through a series of discussions by a moderator to ensure a balanced and productive discussion session.
The August workshop was very successful – all the stakeholders recognised the need for change in the current educational provision surrounding sustainable developments in the construction sector, and the stakeholders generated a large amount of useful suggestions and solutions to implementing the necessary changes to combat the knowledge and skills gap surrounding sustainability in this sector. These suggestions are too numerous to mention here. But have been summarised in an additional project report, which will be made available on the project website. These suggestions will be incorporated into the future training workshops offered by UEL through the Newton project to further tailor the training to the real-world requirements of the Egyptian stakeholders.