25th July 2011, 8:55am
Middle Eastern architecture students say farewell to Lincoln
Middle Eastern architecture students University students from the Middle East marked the end of a fantastic ten-day trip to Lincoln during which they studied under top architecture professors.

On Friday (22 July), around 90 young people from Egypt, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Oman (as well as Portugal and Pakistan), were presented with their certificates of completion for the University of Lincoln’s architecture, conservation & sustainability summer school. For many the course was the first time they have been outside their home country.

The intensive course was run in conjunction with Dr Ahmed Elseragy, Dean of international network and affairs from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, London International Office, which operates under the League of Arab States.

Senior Lecturer in Architecture Dr Amira Elnokaly, who was instrumental in setting up the course, said: “Lincoln is an ideal city in which to study architecture and the built environment. As an urban campus in a small and compact city, students have the benefit of easy access to the historic centre with its many amenities.

“There has been an emphasis on the contemporary and historical, learning by doing and practical problem solving. The course has been a real success and we look forward to next year’s.”

During the students’ stay they took part in field trips, lectures, seminars and studio projects and were taught by architects, conservators, historians, academics and researchers with varied cultural and international backgrounds.

A break from the intensive learning was an excursion to the New Art Exchange - http://www.thenewartexchange.org.uk/thezone.php - Nottingham’s first dedicated cultural facility for Black contemporary arts, where they relaxed, enjoyed Eastern cuisine and entertained each other with music from the various countries.

A short video of their visit is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP79bqsWKAs

The Lincoln School of Architecture is located in one of the most historic cathedral cities of Europe and sited in a purpose-built facility designed by the world renowned architect Rick Mather. The School offers a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment founded on the research and consultancy interests of its academics and practitioners.

The students were mainly from the following universities:
Arab academy for science and technology, Alexandria and Cairo campus,
Cairo University, British University in Egypt and Kingdom University in Bahrain.
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