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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Sustainable Development (Graduate Diploma)

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Director: Hani Sewilam

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development

The Diploma in Sustainable Development considers the concept of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. The Diploma is designed for candidates who desire to make a contribution to the emerging field of sustainable development. The Diploma is directed at providing the student with multi-disciplinary background in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable technologies, social and environmental policy. It aims at preparing students for careers in green industry with the capacity necessary to lead sustainable development in Egypt and the Middle East. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course work combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, industry, environment, policy and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and sustainable economic development.

The Diploma is facilitated by the available state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available at the SSE, BUSS, GAPP, HUSS, GSE and DDC.

A minimum of 18 credit hours (6 courses) are required for the diploma. The degree to be awarded is a “Graduate Diploma” as an AUC Degree.


The graduates of the Diploma in Sustainable Development will

  1. Have the multi-disciplinary knowledge of green innovation and the key aspects and dimensions of sustainable development
  2. Foster a strong culture of green entrepreneurship and business development in Egypt and the region
  3. Engage in advanced green industry careers
  4. Excel in an interdisciplinary environment both as individuals and within a team
  5. Seize and develop commercial opportunities in the fast-advancing green technologies field locally and globally.


A candidate for the program must have a Bachelor’s in Engineering, policy, business or social sciences. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for graduate study, including English language proficiency. A minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required for full admission into the program. Students who have some deficiency in  their undergraduate training but are well-qualified in other aspects may be admitted provisionally. The program director and tract coordinators may prescribe a program of noncredit work to make up for the deficiency.

Courses (18 credit hours)

The program of study is planned with the program director, and should include a minimum of 9 credit hours of core courses and a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives from two of the four sustainable development sub-modules. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be taken as independent study ( GREN 000/5910 - Independent Study in Sustainable Development (3 cr.) ) with prior approval of the program director. Students might be asked to take additional non-credit courses from the balance module to qualify them for this program.

II. Balance Module- M2 (0 Credit Hours)

Students might be asked to take one or more courses from a list of courses approved by the GREN advisory committee and selected with their advisor to upgrade their knowledge and qualify them for this program.

III. Sustainable Development Module M3- Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students should take a total of three courses (9 cr.) in the Sustainable Development Module to cover two of the four sub-modules. These courses are to include two courses (6 cr.) from the sub-module the student wants to concentrate in. All students must take at least one course (3 cr.) out of these three courses from the Green Technologies sub-module M3-A. A maximum of three credit hours can be taken as an independent study course or as a 4000-level course of a topic of relevance with prior approval of the program director.

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