GIEP - Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme

Double degree program, University – Industry cooperation


The project, ended in October 2015, aimed at making Sustainable Development and Green Economy the new entrepreneurial frontier and business in Egypt. The objective of the project consisted in developing a joint/double MSc program on "Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship" with the cooperation of 3 European universities and 5 Egyptian Universities.

The experience done within GIEP and the faced challenges may represent an important case-study for universities, which aim to replicate the same experience in other countries. Indeed, the project has brought the implementation of multidisciplinary courses with a formal process of definition, recognition and approval. Feedbacks and data will be analysed; this will enable to better orient and target the program, and will represent useful information for further implementation in MENA region, as well as in the Europe context, where the approach to revise and update curriculum is very rigid and complex.
Tempus IV Programme


GIEP summary sheet.


The American University in Cairo, Zagazig University, Alexandria University, Aswan University, Heliopolis University, Sekem Development Foundation, Soil & More - Egypt, Ministry of Higher Education (Egypt), RWTH Aachen (Germany), Technical University of Graz (Austria), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

ENERGISE - Enlarged Network in Education and Research for a Growing Impact of Sustainable Energy Engineering on Local Development

MSc in Energy Engineering, Research capacity upgrading


The project has the objective to develop high quality, market-driven curricula in Energy Engineering focused on sustainability, innovative technologies and modern renewable energies relevant to the energy asset within the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The project involves 4 local universities and counts on the cooperation of local enterprises, NGOs, ministerial department and rural agencies working at different level on access to energy. A number of different activities have been developed. (i) A comprehensive assessment of current the status of education in energy engineering in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania has been carried out at the beginning. In this framework, UNESCO Chair's students have developed three twinned theses in order to better understand strengths and weaknesses regarding this issue, and to suggest possible upgrading of didactic materials and facilities. (ii) Intensive courses for upgrading both the technical competences and soft-skills of the staff of the four partner HEIs have been delivered to more than 100 persons. (iii) An e-collaboration and e-learning platform has been developed ( Useful materials are accessible online, as well as an e-learning course on renewable energies. Moreover, a programme of interactive webinars has started, on both technical and soft-skills topics of interest. (iv) A new Master's curriculum in energy Engineering has been developed by the partner HEIs, and a pilot curriculum is now delivered at Jimma University. (v) The consortium promoted a number of joint actions, including technical workshops, participation in international conferences, project proposals development and submission, and signature of bilateral MoUs.
ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Higher Education EDULINK II


ENERGISE summary sheet.


Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (Tanzania), Jimma University (Ethiopia), Technical University of Kenya and Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya)


TRINEX- Knowledge triangle platform for Water Energy Food Nexus

Energy for water management and agriculture


The general objective of the project is to make Water, Energy and Food Nexus (WEF Nexus) the next research, education and innovation frontier for sustainable resource management and development within the framework of green economy in Egypt. The project aims at improving the role of universities in the Egyptian society by developing a national strategy and a university platform to promote the WEF-Nexus and the related synergy between Research, Education and Innovation (Knowledge-Triangle). It started in December 2013 and it is planned to end in December 2016. After the needs analysis to understand the current status of the perception about the Water – Energy – Food nexus in Egypt, the activities have focused on: 1) the creation of a table of experts and decision makers in Egypt on the topic of WEF Nexus; 2) the creation of coordination units within the Egyptian partner universities; 3) the implementation of Trainings for Egyptian young researchers from the partner universities; 4) the dissemination of the projects results. Next steps of TriNex include the organization of a PhD Summer School in Egypt bringing international PhD students and the final TriNex International Conference, where policy makers and experts will be invited.

Tempus IV Programme


TRINEX summary sheet.



RWTH Aachen (Germany), Montpellier SupAgro (France), Technical University of Graz (Austria), Alexandria University, Cairo University, Heliopolis University, The American University in Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandria (Egypt)


E4G - Energy For Growing

Energy for improving school attendance


The general objective of the project is to study and design a hybrid generation system able to connect many renewable and conventional energy sources in order to supply electricity to rural villages in developing countries. Specifically the project aims at developing and implementing an Interface Converter, provided with a dedicated control unit, which will be installed in the secondary school of the village Ngarenanyuki (Tanzania). The Interface Converter will be able to manage energy flows in order to maximize the system efficiency. After the installation, a team of researchers of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano will monitor the operation mode of the prototype in order to study further improvements for new hybrid generation systems.



OIKOS, MCM Energy Lab, Energy Team, Phoenix Contact Euroimpresa, Associazione Produttori Energie Rinnovabili (APER), Re-energy Foundation Onlus (reef), Arusha Technical College (ATC).



Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food utilization


COOPI, Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano implemented the project "Sustainable energy technologies for food utilization" (SET4food), co-funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). The project aimed at enhancing the capacity of humanitarian actors in identifying, implementing and monitoring efficient and sustainable energy technologies for food utilization in temporary / quasi permanent / permanent camps or informal settlements. SET4Food focused on the nexus between food utilization and energy availability, efficiency and sustainability. Starting from an extensive literature review, support tools for humanitarian actors were produced, namely a Decision Support System (DSS) for the identification of a ranking of potentially appropriate energy solutions, and guidelines regarding technologies potentially available). Innovative solutions were implemented in four pilot projects in Central African Republic (CAR), Haiti, Lebanon and Somalia. Finally, several training activities and dissemination events took place in different places (Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Kenya, Lebanon, Palestine, USA, Haiti, Colombia), in order to sensitize humanitarian workers, public officers, academic staff and the private sector regarding the topic, and provide them with some practical tools. The e-learning open course "Appropriate energy technologies for food utilisation in refugee camps and informal settlements: overview, selection criteria and pilot case studies" was developed in English, French and Spanish, in order to spread the information worldwide. All the information regarding the SET4Food project are available on the official platform:



COOPI (Project Leader), Fondazione Politecnico.