4 October, 2010, Sabratah (Libya) – The 2-day workshop "Environmental Engineering and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development" at the Faculty of Engineering in Sabratah has marked the conclusion of the project "Environmental Analysis Laboratory", promoted by Eni North Africa in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Gaddafi Development Foundation and the Libyan National Oil Corporation in September 2006.
The workshop, organized by the University Al Jabal Al Gharbi with the support of Eni North Africa, has hosted representatives of both national and local relevant authorities and institutions, private sector, academics and numerous students.
Speakers of the event have been local professors, and academics of foreign universities, which have already signed cooperation agreements with Al Jabal Al Gharbi, namely the Universities of Palermo and Genoa (Italy) and the Universities of Porto and Minho (Portugal), as well as local and international entrepreneurs.
Through their presentations and contributions it has been extensively reviewed the role of the University, especially the Environmental Engineering branch, in promoting local sustainable development, as well as the effectiveness and benefits of the scientific inter-university cooperation.
The event has been organized on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Laboratory for Environmental Analysis at the Environmental Engineering Department – Sabratah. Eni North Africa has sponsored the entire purchasing of the technical equipment, while the twinned University of Palermo is accompanying the whole training process, as well as the setting of Lab organization and work plan. The new laboratory, as emphasized by the speakers, will stimulate research and development, creating the basis for future scientific collaborations and synergies, as well as additional external revenues for the provision of services to requiring clients.
Eni North Africa has dedicated special efforts in building environmental awareness among local communities; such a commitment has produced, to date, promising result, as well as positive relations and partnerships with Libyan stakeholders, especially with local Universities, at the same time beneficiaries and vectors of local sustainable development. The pilot case of Al Jabal Al Gharbi University proofs how its involvement in several development activities within Eni North Africa Social Investment Program, from joint research on waste management to training on strategic planning, to the increase of its potential in environmental analysis, has efficiently contributed in building relations, and has already opened many promising channels and introduced several national and international peer institutions to come and work with the University.
Last updated on 20/10/10