EU grant pioneers diploma in green technologies
AUB and LAU local partners in the
region’s first professional program
The European Union (EU) Tempus Programme has awarded a grant of around €670,000 (approximately $875,000) to the American University of Beirut (AUB) to fund a professional diploma program for green technologies.
The program’s focus will be on green buildings, renewable energies, and water resources. It will offer courses recognized from partner universities in Europe, Lebanon, and Egypt. The program’s local partners include the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the AUB.
The curriculum’s pilot phase will take place in Lebanon and Egypt. The project’s primary target group includes university students and professionals in concerned fields such as science, technology, engineering, and architecture, who wish to advance their skills in the green energy sector. Secondary target groups include small and medium enterprises and governmental organizations who can benefit from job creation opportunities.
This is the first program in the region that tackles the abovementioned environmental issues. Such programs are witnessing increasing demand from professionals who wish to initiate sustainable change in their communities.
The Tempus Programme is part of the €10 million (around $13 million) that were invested by the EU in the country, creating research projects and awarding mobility grants for local students and graduates.
Reported by Nader Houella