Germany and Morocco Focus on "Green" Technology at Al Akhawayn Seminar
Ifrane, May 23, 2011 – More than 30 international experts in the fields of the environment and "green" technology opened a 4-day seminar on "Green Information and Communication Technology: Between Lifestyle and Sustainability" at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane today. The event is organized by Al Akhawayn University, through its School of Science and Engineering, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and brings together experts from 17 different countries, all of whom are TUM alumni working in disciplines related to green technology.
Over the years, teams from Al Akhawayn University and TUM have collaborated at different levels focusing on environmental issues and practices, thus highlighting the strong relationship between Morocco and Germany in the areas of water sanitation, renewable energies, energy efficiency, education, and sustainable economic development.
According to Thomas Weich, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rabat, these five areas are “crucial to the development and reform dynamics in Morocco” and represent key sectors of German expertise.
“I am happy that the collaboration between Al Akhawayn and TUM has been very fruitful since the beginning, and has, throughout the years, contributed to strengthening the relationship between Morocco and Germany,” said Weich.
Ahmed Legrouri, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Al Akhawayn and currently acting Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, concurred. “The German Embassy in Morocco has always been supportive of Al Akhawayn University. TUM and Al Akhawayn work on several joint projects on renewable energies, and this seminar is an example of a successful collaboration and partnership that will certainly have an impact nationally and internationally,” said Legrouri, who is also a TUM alum.
The seminar offers a platform for the exchange of ideas about the important role information technology plays in the daily life of the world's population, and how to optimize IT for a sustainable environment in the future. Among the experts participating in the workshops and the discussions are Moroccan alumni from TUM and Al Akhawayn researchers, who together will share ideas, develop projects, and shed light on the relationship between green technology and environmental sustainability in Morocco.
The Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering has launched several environmental initiatives in the Middle Atlas region, such as water management in rural areas, water treatment, solar energy, among others. Many of these projects have been implemented in cooperation with German institutions and the Embassy of Germany in Morocco, and it is expected that the May 23-26 seminar will further deepen German-Moroccan expertise, partnerships, and joint in the field of environment science and engineering.
Among the topics to be discussed over the course of the 4 days are green supercomputing, new environmental applications, ICT for environmental sustainability, IT for water demand management, the challenge of green ICT in the automotive industry, ubiquitous environmental monitoring, and more.