A Story of Success – Dr. Mina Samaan

A story of success

Mina Michael Samaan

Dr. Mina Michael Samaan obtained his doctoral degree from the Carl-Friedrich Gauß Faculty (Technische Universität Braunschweig) in August 2017.Dr. Samaan came to know EXCEED in March 2012 through his participation in one of its events that was held at Mansoura University under the title, “the Workshop on Water Footprint and Transboundary Water Management in Middle East Countries.” The workshop was organized by Prof. Dr. Zeinab Abo-el-Naga and Prof. Dr. Mufeed Batarseh, the EXCEED coordinators in Egypt and Jordan respectively. After Samaan’s presentation on water and urban challenges in Egypt, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Menzel, the then Acting Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at TU-Braunschweig, commented that the problem has a further dimension and that it mainly originates from outside not inside Egypt. It was also announced in the workshop that EXCEED was welcoming at the time applications for the full PhD scholarship funded by the DAAD through the project. Samaan submitted an application inspired by the comment of Prof. Dr. Menzel, and his application was selected by the scientific committee, which consisted of ten international water experts from five different universities. The decision of the committee, greatly supported by Prof. Dr. Abo-el-Naga and Prof. Dr. Batarseh, and the acceptance of Prof. Dr. Menzel to supervise the PhD thesis representing a challenging step for everyone, since the scholarship is limited for three years, which is a relatively short time in the light of Samaan’s condition as a legally-blind person. Nevertheless, all sides accepted the challenge and Samaan started his doctoral studies in November 2013 at TU-Braunschweig. The academic staff at the Department of International Relations, led by Prof. Dr. Menzel and later by Prof. Dr. Anja P. Jakobi, overwhelmed Samaan with their massive support. Besides, the EXCEED board of members decided to purchase a specialized screen reader for blind people to help Samaan carry out his tasks more efficiently and effectively.Dr. Samaan’s PhD thesis dealt extensively with the process and mechanisms through which the political and physical contexts drive the game on transboundary waters to the generation of cooperative and conflictive outcomes. He worked on the case of the Nile Basin, investigating the large-scale developmental schemes and the related legal agreements that took place in the basin along the past one and half centuries.Dr. Samaan represented the Excellence Centre at highly ranked international conferences in Chicago and Stockholm in 2016.His outstanding performance is even more impressive since during his doctoral thesis he had to cope with a progressive blindness, which did not demotivate him at all but causes the opposite effect.After the return to his alma mater (University of Mansoura, Egypt), Dr. Samaan was honoured for his scientific work and received the honorary metal of the University of Mansoura.Dr. Samaan´s story gained particular public attention. Immediately after his particular honour by the president of the University of Mansoura, a famous Egyptian TV Magazine broadcasted his story on 3 November 2017.

Dr. Samaan´s story gained particular public attention. Immediately after his particular honour by the president of the University of Mansoura, a famous Egyptian TV Magazine broadcasted his story on 3 November 2017:

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