In January, the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) announced the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Camp (EMIC) shortlist of candidates of 2024 – now the time has come to put the EMIC innovators to the test!

EMUNI University, Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) and the Euromed University of Fes (UEMF) are partners in this exciting competition for Mediterranean youth aged 18-35, which is supported by the Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). EMIC 2 began accepting applications in September 2023, for which applicants were asked to describe a novel idea or invention addressing either Health, Renewable Energy or the Environment and Climate Change.

Last week, EMUNI University welcomed five of the candidates for a meet-and-greet at the seat of its location in Piran, as well as orientation and guidance for their stay in Slovenia.

Rahma M. Tolba, a 35-year-old PhD researcher at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and Med Aziz Mhalla, a 23-year-old third-year electronics engineering student at the National Engineering School of Sousse in Tunisia, will remain on the coast and enter bootcamp at EMUNI, with both specialising in Health.

JSI will host Muhammad Mounir, a 22-year-old senior at Galala University from Cairo in Egypt, who is majoring in Molecular Biotechnology with a minor in Business Administration; Isak Missini, a 22-year-old third-year undergraduate student of International Relations and Diplomacy at The University American College Skopje, from Northern Macedonia; and Majda Mouaici, a 27-year-old PhD student from Baraki, Algeria. The three candidates will specialise in Health, Renewable Energy, and Environment and Climate Change respectively at JSI headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The sixth candidate, 26 year-old Khaier Eddine Bourguiba from the Virtual University of Tunis in Tunisia, whose specialisation is in Environment and Climate Change, is being hosted by the Agricultural University of Athens in Greece, which is the alma mater of EMIC Season 1 Winner, Georgios Paliouras.

The Innovation Squad will now proceed through various elimination stages that will focus on proof of concept, engineering, prototyping/testing and customer validation, until the final candidates reach the finale, which will be held in Piran, Slovenia in early June.

Good luck Innovators and stay tuned!

For more on EMIC, go to the website: www.emic.si