Participating Institutions (page 1 of 2)
This section provides a brief description of the participating institutions, their capabilities, resources and facilities:
The NATO SfP initiated real-time remote sensing ground-station will be based in Cairo, Egypt, to be shared by Cairo University, celebrating its centennial anniversary on Dec. 21, 2008, with a student enrollment of over 200,000, by Al Azhar University, founded in 975 A.D., celebrated its 1033th anniversary in 2008, with a current multi-campus student enrollment of 500,000, and by a wide array of governmental and multi-lateral agency collaborators and satellite data end-users.
Both Cairo University and Al Azhar University have major departments of Meteorology and each have affiliated research centers, focusing on environmental hazards, specifically Cairo University’s Center for Environmental Hazard Mitigation (CEHM) and the Basel Convention Regional Center (BCRC) and the Science Center for Detection and Remediation of Environmental Hazards (SCDREH) at Al Azhar University. Cairo University also has a Department of Aerospace Engineering, which has recently established graduate programs in Space Technologies and in Space Technology Applications, thereby training students, inter alia, in the design, operations and management of satellite ground-stations.
The NATO country partners include Purdue University, Rosen Center for Advanced Computing’s Purdue Terrestrial Observatory
(PTO), based in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Purdue was founded in 1869, has a current student enrollment of 69,000, with 22 astronaut alumni and was one of the first universities in the United States to establish a research Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS), over forty years ago.
Boğaziçi University’s Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI), now celebrating its 140th year, was founded in Istanbul, Turkey in 1868, as the Imperial Meteorological Observatory, during the reign of Abdülâziz, the 32nd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who reigned from 1861-1876, succeeding his brother, Abdülmecid I, both being sons of Sultan Mahmud II. KOERI has nationwide responsibility for early warning and monitoring of earthquakes and seismic activity within Turkey.
Al-Azhar University & Mosque, Cairo