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Alexandria Governor Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Alexandria University President Dr. Essam El-Kurdy and Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar the President of Arab Academy for Science and Technology opened the international workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities. The workshop was held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and organized by Alexandria University in collaboration with the AAS, University of Alabama and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In his speech during the opening ceremony, Dr. Essam El-Kurdy stated that the importance of Smart Sustainable Cities is growing while Egypt will establish several new smart cities as well as improve the quality of life and services in the existing cities. AU president added that this workshop is an important step toward strengthening relations with the University of Alabama in addition to cooperation in various disciplines to establishPhD programs in fields of biomedicine and civil engineering.

Dr. Kurdy pointed out the university keenness to increase cooperation with international universities and research institutions to fund scientific research in the framework of achieving excellence of Alexandria University and community service.

Dr. Mohammed Sultan said that Alexandria city faces many challenges, such as infrastructure, health and education, but its scientists and researchers can meet those challenges.

Dr. Fouad Helmi, the Professor at the University of Alabama- USA said that the workshop aims at experiences and ideas exchange to find solutions for the problems facing old cities such as congestion. He added that civil engineering couldcreate better cities with the fundamentals that make the city smart with livable buildings and expanded green areas. He also said that the city of Alexandria is a center of knowledge in the areas of science and medicine, architecture, geography, as well as it hashistoric buildings and palaces.

Dr. Nasser Darwish the scientific coordinator and professor at Faculty of Engineering said that the workshop discussed over three days the impact of smart and sustainablecities on citizen life and health and the quality of human life socially andeconomically.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Rushdy zahran, the former President of AU, faculty deans and representatives fromconcerned ministries, agencies companies.