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Seminar on "Innovations for New Town Development in the MENA Region", 10-16 October 2019, Egypt


Dear DAAD-Alumni, dear Colleagues, dear Professors, dear Friends,


We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about TU Berlin’s international Alumni Seminar on “Innovations for New Town Development in the MENA Region” taking place from 10 to 16 October on TU Berlin’s Satellite Campus El Gouna, Egypt.


Rapid population growth and massive rural-urban migration has led all MENA countries to set up comprehensive New Towns Programs for two to three decades and to develop their own, usually centralized, administrative structures to plan and manage these large-scale projects. Experience with these strategies has been critical in several respects. To a significant extent, the realized buildings are not accepted and are vacant.


The opportunity to introduce and test innovative approaches in the areas of resource conservation, transport, dealing with climate change, consideration of regional peculiarities etc. in these new "formally planned" settlement units is rarely used, and conventional type solutions dominate in this field. In addition, there are often considerable deficits in the area of legal and administrative framework conditions, in particular with regard to land development and management.


To deal with this challenge, this seminar will offer excursions to the extended areas of Hurghada and to the new town of Upper Egypt named “Qena”. From these field excursions, the participants will gather significant insight of the new town developments of the MENA region.


The seminar is targeted at alumni of TU Berlin and FU Berlin residing in Egypt, the MENA region or other countries on the DAC list with an academic and/or professional background in the fields of urban planning, civil engineering, architecture, energy engineering, water engineering, urban development, informatics, economy and with experience and or interest in the prospect of new town development.


Please refer to for the preliminary program of the seminar, the terms of participation and funding as well as the application form.


The deadline for application is 14 July 2019.


Should you have any questions regarding the seminar please contact Papon Kumar Dev at TU Berlin’s El Gouna Office at

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