Again, it was time for a Webinar in the framework of DeVilag! This time, it was RWTH Aachen’s turn to inform the interested public about the project and its latest progress by Hani Sewilam. As especially during the current situation, online teaching and learning already is and still become more and more daily life. Hence, Richard Gramlich presented new approaches to this topic including MOOCs, Gamification, Serious Gaming and Avatar-based Teaching and learning. The Webinar was concluded by presentation of the four Egyptian Universities on their newly developed or modified study programmes within the frames work of DeVilag of which most already recently have been piloted and show early successes.
In line with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this project views a lever of social and economic development for rural areas and, consequently, a means of reducing the number of people seeking to leave the countryside or their countries due to the lack of attractive prospects. Therefore, the main aim of this project is to support the Egyptian rural-community with the necessary qualified graduates and university expertise to improve agricultural productivity, enable more sustainable food production, develop the poor villages, enhance farmers’ income and their living conditions to prevent migration to cities or beyond. The developed capacity building program is to achieve this aim taking into consideration the good natural resource management, adaptation to climate change, food and nutritional security for the people, and promoting the resilience of agricultural and fishing communities to crises (whether related to the market, prices or health or due to natural disasters, conflicts, etc.). In this regard, in Egypt, agriculture and rural regions clearly remain a source of resilience for many families in the face of economic shocks.