IUG and UoG Students Collaborating across Borders- a Final Seminar in EAST project

  • 09/08/2015

IUG and UoG Students Collaborating across Borders- a Final Seminar in EAST project

Community Service & Continuing Education Deanship (CSCED), at the Islamic University of Gaza, held a joint seminar with Glasgow University as a final session with students in both universities for the conclusion of EAST project.

EAST stands for English for Academic Study Tele-collaboration. It includes a small collaborative research and writing projects between the S ET (science, engineering and technology) students in both universities.

The supervisors for this seminar were Dr. Nazmi Almasri, vice president for external relations, Dr. Wasim I. Al-Habil, vice dean for Community Service and Continuing Education, Mr. Basil Qandeel, head of projects and training department. The supervisors in Glasgow University were Dr. Bill Guariento and Dr. Anna Rolinska.

Students in both universities shared their innovative ideas together, using videoconference technology. They talked about the most critical problems in Gaza and suggested some proper solutions. Glasgow students delivered unique presentations on the following topics:

  1. Problems of road traffic and its negative effects on residential environment
  2. Electricity shortages  
  3. Air pollution  
  4. Wastewater treatment, especially as it relates to electricity shortages  
  5. Electricity and interruption problem  
  6. Water drainage and sea pollution  
  7. Application of  IT in medical sciences  
  8. Toxicity of organic chemicals (pesticides, detergents, antibiotics,..) on the environment
  9. OCR Technology which converts handwritten documents to digital documents  
  10. Utilization of solar energy to overcome the electricity problem  
  11. Climate change adaptation, especially in the agriculture sector   
  12. Text-to-speech (TTS) software  

 The session ended with mutual hope, between both students and instructor in the two universities, of repeating the same project next year in which IUG students will be more involved by giving presentations, narrating their own problems, proper solutions and other topics related to Gaza. At the same time, it will improve the student`s English communication skills by connecting IUG and UOG students together via various techniques including Skype, Facebook, Wiziq and blogs.