UC Santa Cruz helps develop Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water

UC Santa Cruz helps develop Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water

haddad-group_320.jpgEnvironmental Studies Professor Brent Haddad, center, is pictured with representatives from American University in Cairo and Alexandria University. (Photo courtesy of Brent Haddad)

UC Santa Cruz is partnering with the American University in Cairo, nine other Egyptian and U.S.-based universities, and industry partners to help Egypt make the most of its limited water supply.


Funded by a five-year $30 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the new collaborative is establishing the Center of Excellence for Water (COE-Water), an interdisciplinary applied research and education center located at Alexandria University in Egypt.

UC Santa Cruz will lead the research effort, with a focus on water supply and securing funding for research. Exchange programs will foster collaboration among Egyptian scholars, water professionals, government representatives, and students with their counterparts in the United States.

 "For its population, Egypt is one of the most water poor countries in the world," said Brent Haddad, a professor of environmental studies who is leading the UCSC program. "The focus of this effort is very clear: Improve Egypt's applied research enterprise to make a difference in the lives of Egyptians, and bolster educational opportunities that will prepare students for careers in the water sector."

 "The goal is to connect research and teaching with employment opportunities and industry," said Haddad.