September 12th, 2019: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) is among a consortium of international higher education institutions aiming to promote advanced learning in green technologies through a European Union (EU) funded project worth over 4 million euros.
Dr. Adel Ben Mnaouer, Professor of Engineering in CUD’s Faculty of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, will collaborate as an associate partner in the GrEen NetworkIng And cLoud computing (GENIAL) project consortium, which has attracted funding from the EU’s Erasmus Mundus program to develop a joint master degree program in this niche area of sustainable technology.
The consortium comprises of prominent European institutions, including Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, France’s University of Lorraine, and Leeds Beckett University, based in the UK. It also draws upon the expertise of eminent professors, such as Dr. Mnaouer, representing academic institutions across Europe and around the globe.
Dr. Mnaouer will act in a strategic advisory role in the development and delivery of the joint master degree, as well as giving lectures, seminars and supervising thesis topics. Speaking about the significance of the program, Dr. Mnaouer said, “As computer networking infrastructure evolves, one of the biggest challenges we face is the demand that it places on our energy resources, not simply powering the equipment, but also cooling the facilities where it is housed.”
He continued, “The practice of green networking seeks to reduce energy consumption by establishing shared data centres and positioning them in colder environments, thereby creating economies of scale and reducing energy consumption related to cooling. As the demand for cloud-based technology continues to grow, the aim of this joint master program is to develop individuals with the specialist knowledge in energy aware networking and computing so that we can continue to advance this infrastructure in an increasingly sustainable way.”
The project funding has been awarded by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree initiative, which is a prestigious international study program that supports the development and delivery of top-quality degrees through academic cooperation between EU countries and the rest of the world. It is a highly competitive scheme, funding less than 50% of project proposals received, and the GENIAL program is anticipated to attract the top tier of technology graduates from elite institutions to embark on this innovative master program.