The herewith attached survey report is an analysis on the Needs Assessment of the Universities of Cairo, Alexandria, Zagazig and Damanhour. The study has been carried out within the framework of the ILHAM-EC (InterUniversity Learning in Higher education on Advanced Land Management- Egypt Country) project funded by the European Union under the program Erasmus+ KA2 – Capacity Building in Higher Education.
To this purpose, we have carried out an assessment of the curriculum of each university on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and, secondly, an analysis of the students and teachers’ perception of the educational quality currently provided by the university system. In many cases the same questions were asked to students and teachers to highlight the potentially different reactions of these important target groups. Their perceptions have been then enhanced with those of the employers with the aim of analysing whether the skills acquired by graduated students meet the minimum requirements to access the labour market.
The survey provides relevant information to support the development of a new Master Course on SLM. The results demonstrate the importance of implementing a Master based on innovative learning methods aiming at improving the quality of teaching and learning while ensuring high quality educational curricula. This approach is considered the most appropriate to meet the professional, employment and socioeconomic needs of Egypt. Furthermore, as a follow-up to the survey, significant new initiatives must be implemented, such as cross-disciplinary courses, students and teachers’ mobility, seminars, courses and traineeships organised by international Institutions working in SLM.
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