Dr Hani Sewilam offers regular courses at the American University in Cairo for the graduate students of different MSc programs (e.g. MSc in Sustainable Development).
Dr Hani Sewilam
Global Challenges and Sustainable Development – 3 Credit Hours
The course is an introduction to the whole program. It focuses on sustainable development and global change- vital issues for humanity- with specific attention to the challenges in Egypt of the transition from unsustainable to sustainable development. Topics include rethinking established ways of production and consumption; types of green business, the interrelationship between local and global challenges, business policy and decision making affecting sustainability; finding new ways of greening economics, sustainable transportation, energy, engineering, architecture and construction; agriculture and water resources in a changing global climate; and the role of SMEs.
Water Resources – 3 Credit Hours
Description of methods of water analysis and treatment. Study of the properties of water and aqueous solutions. Detailed discussion and analysis of design, maintenance, energy requirements and economics of the major processes of desalination, such as distillation, reverse osmosis, and electrodialysis.
Water-Energy-Food Nexus (under development) – 3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on sustainable development and global changes – vital issues for humanity. There is specific attention paid to the challenges in developed and developing countries and their transition from unsustainable to sustainable practices.
The course is an introduction to sustainable development and its relation to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This connection between three critical resources offers a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. It has become increasingly important to understand the interdependencies and interrelationships between the three resources. Finding new approaches to manage the nexus could contribute significantly to achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Graduate Seminar I – 2 Credit Hours
Seminar on multi-disciplinary research topics, research methodology, thesis writing, and presentations given by invited speakers. Speakers from different backgrounds and experiences will be invited from the involved schools as well as the international partners.
Graduate Seminar II – 1 Credit Hour
Seminar on research plans given by students to discuss their thesis topics and the results they obtained in their works. In the case of twinning thesis, students should organize together the seminar. However, every student should provide a presentation on his/her part of the research.
Students have the opportunity to get video lectures and other video materials as well as online quizzes. They have also “skype hours” in addition to office hours when possible. This adds value to the course through the accessibility from anywhere anytime as well as the use of animations to explain different processes. The courses are providing practical-oriented examples to demonstrate the theories provided.