Building Sustainable Cities: MED-QUAD training to enhance the role of City Development Groups and foster digital development


Al-Balqa Applied University, the Jordanian partner for the MED-QUAD project, is hosting a training seminar for the City Development Group (CDG) with the objective of equipping them with innovative tools and methods to plan for the city's prospects and research needs. The seminar will be achieved through the formulation of co-designed pilot projects and the development of a common vision and language, all aimed at enhancing digital development.

The one-week seminar will take place from Sunday 30th April to Thursday 4th May 2023 in Irbid, Jordan (at Al-Huson University College). The representatives of the Quadruple Helix Approach (i.e., from the university, businesses, the state, and society) will be trained by university educational staff. The focus of the training is to enable CDGs to think long term about the city's prospects and research needs.

University educational staff will present a study on addressing societal issues through applied scientific research. The researchers will provide preliminary research findings about Smart Water Use Applications (SWUAP) and Applied Research for Cultural Heritage Exploitation (ARCHEO) living labs while focusing on the outcomes of the research that will impact the development of the civic university and provide solutions to the problems facing various sectors.

Prof. Rebhi Damseh, the representative of Al-Balqa Applied University (BAU) and the MED-QUAD project in Jordan, highlights the importance of the role of the City Development Group for decision makers and the good collaboration of the basic players of the Quadruple Helix Approach. The University, transformed into a "socially aware university", has a guiding role within the CDG, and it is responsible, among other things, for the training of the CDG members.

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