The American University of Beirut (AUB) was awarded a grant from the European Union Tempus Programme to fund the development of the Pro-Green-Joint/Dual Professional Graduate Diploma and Professional Degree in Green Technologies. The funding process for the program was initiated on October 15, 2012 and was finalized on April 30, 2016.
Through the Pro-Green program, partner universities from Egypt and Lebanon were able to develop a joint/dual diploma for green technologies with a focus on renewable energies, green buildings, and water resources. The diploma is compliant with the Bologna process credit system requirements for course equivalency and with the credit requirements of the offering partner institutions in Lebanon and Egypt. The curriculum is currently offered at universities in Lebanon and Egypt, with the ultimate goal of it being offered in numerous countries and universities across the region. Courses offered by the program are also recognized by partner universities from Europe, in addition to those from Lebanon and Egypt.
The target beneficiaries of this program are university students and working professionals in fields related to engineering, architecture, mathematics, and natural science who want to further develop skills and compete in the emerging “green” market economy. The Pro-Green Diploma is the first of its kind in the Middle East and is offered by three universities in Egypt and Lebanon. The admission procedures, teaching, examination regulations, and academic calendars at universities are carefully matched. A student may register at the location of his/her choice, but he/she is automatically co-registered at the other location/s to ensure access to the facilities of all degree-sharing universities. Students can benefit from the special strengths of each university by choosing a specialization at any of the different locations.
There are 10 partners in the Pro-Green Project Consortium among those: European partners, such as, University of Alicante, Spain; Lund University, Sweden; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy, and University College Dublin, Ireland, who have solicited to guide with their expertise and best practice. The Middle Eastern partners, the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, took charge of launching the Pro-Green Diploma at their respective universities for the first time in the fall of 2015 in the form of online classes. North African partners include: the American University in Cairo, Helwan University, and Suez Canal University.