Amman- 8 January 2018

On Tuesday 9th of January 2018, the School of Applied Technical Sciences (SATS) at the German Jordanian University (GJU), organized a Dissemination Train the Trainer Workshop on Socio-economic Impacts of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, within DESIRE project, Co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union for the development of higher education teaching modules on the Socio-economic Impacts of Renewable Energy implementation.

The Vice President of GJU Prof. Atef Al-Kharabsheh said that teaching material covering the socioeconomic aspects of renewable energy is necessary to cover the increasing demand for energy in the MENA region; Due to the lack of energy resources and the need to preserve hydrocarbon resource, the strategies were set focusing on employing renewable energy technologies for electricity production in this area.

He added that by joint efforts of the institutions from MENA region and the European Union besides the financial support of the Erasmus + program, six teaching material on the subject of socioeconomic aspects of the renewable energy and energy efficiency will be provided.

The Dean of SATS Prof. Ala’Aldeen Alhalhouli said that the aim of the workshop is to discuss the project’s results, outputs, and the latest achievements, mentioning that the progress in the last year was great and the evaluation reports were very encouraging and motivating.

From his side the Project Coordinator Dr. Louy Qoaider conducted a presentation on DESIRE Project highlighted the main objectives of the program in providing a high quality education for MENA students in the key aspects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE), implementing the prepared teaching materials at higher education institutions, disseminate the teaching materials through E-Learning platform, and train academic staff and students.

He specified the impacts expected from the project and progress achieved since the beginning of the program, mentioning that teaching materials for six university courses and training materials for academics and students are developed, and More than 50 trainees received a training.

Participants from partners’ universities from Europe and MENA include Sapienza University- Italy, University of Cyprus- Cyprus, Wuppertal Istitut and The Technical University of Dresden- Germany, Aswan and Cairo University- Egypt, Damascus and Tishreen University- Syria and AlNajah University- Palestine.

It’s worth to mention that the DESIRE basic module has already been implemented at the University of Jordan and Aswan University in Egypt. And will be implemented at the MENA and European institutions starting from next semester.