About Partners

All EU partners have extensive experience in other EU funded programs like FP or Tempus. Universidad de Oviedo (UNIOVI) is coordinator of a national Tempus project with Egypt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is coordinator of the two first projects including Egypt (2007 and 2008), 3 other lots in China, India and Israel and Palestine and partner in three projects more. Sciences Po (SciencesPo) is partner in the running project with Lebanon and three other lots; it also manages exchange programs and staff mobility with Cairo University, the American University of Cairo (AUC), the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the Université Saint-Joseph (USJ) (Beirut).

Student Exchange

In 2010-2011, 13 Sciences Po students studied in Egypt and 11 in Lebanon and Sciences Po welcomed 12 students from Egypt and 10 from Lebanon. Sciences Po has been participating for 15 years to the development of the French track of the Faculty of Economics and Political science of Cairo University, by providing professors for teaching missions.

  • Masaryk University (MU) is coordinator of one Erasmus Mundus Project (Lot 3) and partner in six more one (including the project with Lebanon).
  • Göttingen University (UGOE) participates in more than 30 FP programs and LLP program and it is one of the top universities in Europe in terms of internationalization and research.
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus Action 1a program in Mechatronic where students from Lebanon and Egypt could obtain a Master diploma.
  • International Telematic University (UNINETTUNO) established the first bilateral agreement with an Egyptian institution in 1993, which was supported by the governments of Italy and Egypt as well as the European Commission and also receives students from Lebanon. Within Egypt, balance is sought by bringing representatives from different regions with a wide range of international experience.

International Programmes

Some partners have previously participated in Erasmus Mundus like Ain Shams University, Helwan University (HU), Nile University (NU), Université Saint Joseph (USJ), The American University in Cairo (AUC) and American University of Beirut (AUB.Other partners have experience in EU projects through their participation in Tempus (Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) in Alexandria, Ain Shams University (ASU), HU and NU).

The consortium includes partners from both El Cairo and the Nile Delta and other disadvantaged regions Sohag University (SOHU).The participation of Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) (and its campus in Aswan) brings a broader geographical balance to the partnership – covering the country from North to South. Likewise, Lebanese American University (LAU) has a campus in Biblos broadening the scope in Lebanon.

Diversity

The diversity in the partners' physical-geographical and political–administrative characteristics (public and private) answers the overall needs of the third country institutions. Thus, capital cities and more remote areas are represented equally, offering a mix of societal structures and policies.

The specific priority areas of the window are covered by the consortium at large. The consortium comprises both private specialised HEIs (e.g. NU, AUC, AUB, LAU and AAST) and generic universities (e.g. ASU, Damanhour University (DU) and HU). AUC and LAU for example are private universities specialised in Business and Management and International studies which matches the offer of SciencesPo (probably one of the best institutions in Europe providing Arab studies, conflict resolution and related research areas).

The consortium includes two of the largest universities in Egypt (ASU and Helwan) and some recently opened universities like Port Said (PSU) (separated from Suez University in 2009), DU (separated from Alexandria University) and SOHU – established in 2006. In sum, MEDASTAR brings a well balanced consortium with new comers and well experienced Universities both in Egypt and Lebanon ready to share best practices.

European Partners

Universidad de Oviedo

SciencesPo
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain (Coordinator)
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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany 
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Sciences Po, France 
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Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
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UCTM Sofia
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Masaryk University
Uninettuno
University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria 
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Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany
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Masaryk University,
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International Telematic
University Uninettuno, Italy

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Egyptian and Lebanese Partners

Saint Joseph University
American University of Beyruth
Lebanese American University
American University in Cairo
Saint Joseph University, Lebanon
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American University of Beirut, Lebanon Lebanese American
University, Lebanon

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The American University in Cairo, Egypt
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Nile University Helwan University
Ain Shams University Arab Academy for Science and Technology
Nile University, Egypt Helwan University, Egypt
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Ain Shams University, Egypt
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Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Egypt 
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Sohag University
Damanhour University
Portsaid University
 
Sohag University, Egypt
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Damanhour University, Egypt
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Port Said University, Egypt
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