The Professional Diploma Programme in Waste Management at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) organised a series of specialised, professional educational and training lectures as part of the requirements for obtaining the Professional Diploma in Waste Management, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
The programme has attracted officials, international experts, and experts from the University and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s West Asia Office, who aim to transfer their experiences to the students enrolled in the programme.
Dr Sumaya Yusuf, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at AGU, who is also the founder and director of the programme, explained that the programme attracted distinguished international expertise in waste management, providing insights into policies and applications necessary for optimal waste management, explaining that the UNEP supports the programme and offers workshops within the study packages.
UNEP experts provided workshops on food waste management and environmental pollution control. Dr Tim Walker, CEO of the Waste Management Group in Northern Ireland, discussed global trends in the waste management sector and challenges facing GCC countries. Dr Walker highlighted the importance of legislative frameworks supporting waste management policies and techniques.
Participants included Dr Thaer Al Abadi, Chairman of Amman Municipality, who called for sustainable waste management techniques. Experts discussed topics such as industrial and hazardous waste management, nuclear medical waste management, plastic waste management and innovative technologies in waste management. Furthermore, the programme emphasised sustainable practices and techniques for managing different types of waste.
Additionally, the programme has attracted academic and administrative experts from around the world to share their experiences with students. Two batches consisting of 56 students from GCC and Arab countries have graduated from the programme, which is presented in an evening system virtually and in person, and is accredited by the CIWM.