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TU Berlin Campus El Gouna Celebrates the Graduation of the 2nd Cohort of M.Sc. Students

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, extending over 10,000 square meters, was built by way of an extraordinary initiative of TU Berlin’s alumnus, Samih Sawiris. The construction and erection of the campus has been financed by his company, Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD), through a sizable donation of 200 million Egyptian pounds. TUBCG reinforces Egypt’s reputation as a scientific research and technology hub in the MENA region. The Sawiris Foundation Scholarship Program started in 2012 and has to date provided full sponsorships to 54 students in partnership with generous donors like Environmental Solutions, BAVARIA, Titan Cement Egypt, SADKO and Orascom Construction Industries

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna celebrated the second graduating class of its master’s program in Energy Engineering, Urban Development, and Water Engineering. The graduation ceremony took place on February 5th and 6th, 2016.

On the first day, the graduates presented their Master’s theses to the audience, covering a wide range of topics, on the sideline of the "El Gouna Community Forum 2030". On the second day, 16 graduates from  the second cohort received their master’s certificate, 12 of whom are Egyptian. All 12 students had been sponsored by Sawiris Foundation and its partnering donors, Orascom Construction Industries, SADKO and BAVARIA.

Urban Development Major, Mohamed Ibrahim, was awarded a special prize for his research:  “Why the Majority of Egyptians Not Moving to New Cities: Empirical Work on Residential Location Choice in Alexandria, Egypt.”

The graduation ceremony featured keynote speeches by Prof. Angela Ittel - TUB Vice President for international relations, Hoda El Mahdy – Senior Programs Officer in Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, Laura Oexle – Head of Science Department at the German Embassy, Dr. Roman Luckscheiter – Head DAAD Cairo & German Science Centre (DWZ) and Prof. Dr. Ashraf Hatem – Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities. Also present were Sawiris Foundation’s partnering scholarship donors, Orascom Construction Industries and SADKO.