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Congress on Knowledge and Technology Transfer (Know-TT)

Debating on Challenges and Opportunities of Professional Training

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, Egypt, October 26th to 28th 2013

WEB-TT: Train the Trainer Workshop
Picture taken during the Train the Trainer Workshop carried out in the framework of the WEB-TT project together with Orascom Construction Industries, Cairo, June 2013.
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Know-TT Congress took place at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna from October 26th to 28th 2013

Many companies in Egypt and the MENA region face problems with skilled labor. Applying technologies to save water, energy and money can often fail due to the lack of well-trained staff, capable to use and maintain these technologies. The successful application of new technologies needs tailor-made training measures, which many companies do not have access to, but desperately seek. The 1st Congress on Knowledge and Technology Transfer (Know-TT) - Debating the Challenges and Opportunities of Professional Training was the opportunity to debate these issues, find the solutions for the challenges at hand and set future strategies and programs. The Know-TT Congress was carried out at TU Berlin’s satellite Campus in El Gouna, Egypt, from October 26th to 28th 2013. Around 75 participants came together for an intense 3-day event bringing together different stakeholders in the field of technology transfer and training such as businessmen, training experts, government representatives and representatives from technology companies as well as universities. Furthermore, a number of students enrolled in the Master Courses of Campus El Gouna who were interested in the topic joined.

The Congress kicked off with an introduction to the congress venue, including a campus tour and a visit to chosen places in El Gouna town in order to get an impression of the campus’ facilities and labs, its founding history, current activities and its potential in a private new town. The keynotes on the first day were held by TU Berlin and Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), two partners within the WEB-TT project (Water Energy Building – Training & Transfer) which was hosting the congress. Within that project which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2011, both institutions together with 7 further partners work on the development, testing and marketing of technology-specific vocational education courses in package solutions.

The main focus of the keynotes, debates and discussions on the second day was on presenting different approaches and the strategies for vocational education and training in Germany and in Egypt. Representatives of the German and the Egyptian governments, the German private sector, but also further stakeholders in the field of of technical education gave a broad overview about the needs and solutions for professional education as a precondition for sustainable technology transfer. Among others, Dr. Heinrich Kreft from the German Federal Foreign Office and Hossam Ibrahim Badawy from the Egyptian Ministry of Education provided very interesting insights into the topic.

Underlining the needs of other MENA countries for improvements in vocational education and training, the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, represented by Aziz Ibrahim Khalil, presented the challenges and strategies for the case of Iraq. Additionally, comparisons between the situations in Egypt and Jordan as well as Egypt and Saudi Arabia were introduced to discuss similarities, differences and possible synergies for transfer and adaptation.

In order to allow the exchange of technology-related know-how, specifically in the fields of water, energy and building, parallel sessions were conducted by stakeholders in each of these key topics. The sessions were the opportunity to go into detail and have a closer look at the challenges and opportunities of technology transfer and professional training in particular fields of technology – namely wastewater, wind power plants and energy-efficient building technologies.

Participants engaged in lively discussions about the topic and made use of intense networking opportunities offered throughout the congress. Several participants took the chance to present themselves in the parallel exhibition, allowing them to exhibit samples, display flyers and brochures and by that get in touch with possible future partners. The first days and weeks after the end of the Congress showed that new personal ties, networks and partnerships evolved during the Know-TT Congress, hopefully leading up to new joint activities and projects.

To see selected pictures of the Know-TT Congress, please visit the photo album on the facebook site of Campus El Gouna: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.614337521938960.1073741836.106682589371125&type=3

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