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LDEM Assistant Professor Beata Dreksler and ten AUB students participate in a joint international workshop in Ajloun Forest Reserve, Jordan

The joint international workshop in Ajloun Forest Reserve, Jordan, is a part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funded programs 'Middle East Social Innovation Lab' (MESIL) and 'Middle East Partnership for Productive Landscapes' (MEPROLAND). 

It was held from November 14 to 21, 2021 and included AUB's representative Dr. Beata Dreksler, Assistant Professor at the Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management Department-FAFS, and ten undergraduate and graduate students from FAFS (3 Landscape Architecture, 3 Agriculture, 1 Ecosystem Management, 1 Rural Community Development) and from MSFEA (2 Master of Urban Planning and Policy/Master of Urban Design). 

The project is funded by DAAD, Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World. This activity was carried out in cooperation with Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt, Nürtingen-Geislinger (Germany), German Jordanian University (Jordan), Birzeit University (Palestine), the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), and several Jordanian and German NGOs and municipalities. 

The overall goal of this project is to advance education for sustainable development (ESD). The specific objective is to support social entrepreneurship in Jordan by transfer of good practice and intercultural dialogue on social innovation. During the workshop, students worked in the interdisciplinary, international teams and proposed several projects to enhance social entrepreneurship in the Municipalities Rasoun and Irjan, Ajloun Governorate. Through research, community mapping, and stakeholders' interviews students generated, tested, and evaluated ideas for social innovation and transformation. The outcome was presented to the local community and different stakeholders from the area.​

The workshop was featured in the local press : AlmrNews and Jordan Times .


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