Alumni Project

Interdisciplinary Solutions for a Sustainable Future


The concept of ‘sustainable development’ was first introduced by the 1987 Brundtland Commission report and has since gained widespread recognition. In today's rapidly evolving global changes, the need for sustainable development has become increasingly apparent. Interdisciplinary by nature, sustainability is key to the future of various fields of research and therefore considered a cornerstone for the ongoing development in academia and beyond.

On the initiative of AGYA alumni Prof. Dr. Ahmad Sakhrieh and Prof. Dr. Salma Balazadeh, a workshop aiming to enhance collaboration and understanding of sustainability among policymakers, students, lecturers, and scientists from various disciplines, including environmental science, engineering, social sciences, and business administration was organized in cooperation with the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), UAE. Through presentations and panel discussions, the workshop ignited creative thinking and inspired the development of inclusive and practical solutions for a sustainable future. The workshop covered a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from innovations in sustainable infrastructure to green agriculture, enhancing photovoltaic viability to groundwater resource management, sustainable healthcare, and the impact of nanotechnology.

Giving a voice to the future generation

The event also included the AURAK Renewable Energy Competition, a forum for undergraduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills. The objectives of the competition were to promote renewable energy concepts through students’ projects; give undergraduate students an opportunity to share their research ideas; and apply engineering concepts for renewable energy.

Especially, the representatives of the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Municipality, RAK Transportation Authority, and the Ministry of Culture showed great interest in the innovative ideas of the future generation. All participants agreed: human-made problems can be tackled by human-made solutions!

Project Title
Interdisciplinary Solutions for a Sustainable Future
Funding Scheme
Alumni Project
Countries Involved
United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Netherlands, United Kingdom