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About University

Sana'a University was established in 1970 as the first and the primary university in the Republic of Yemen. It is located in Sana'a, the capital city of Yemen. SU started with only one faculty but currently has 17 faculties in six campuses, four of them located in remote big cities outside Sana’a. These faculties are: the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Computer & Information Technology, the Faculty of Commerce & Economics, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Law & Legislation, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Languages, the Faculty of Media & Information, the Faculty of Education Sana’a Campus, the Faculty of Education – Mahweet Campus, the Faculty of Education – Khawlan Campus, the Faculty of Education – Marib Campus, the Faculty of Education – Arhab Campus. The latest enrolment statistics show that around 80 thousand students in more than 124 majors and scientific departments are inrolled for the academic year 2017/ 2018. SU has also a number of specialized scientific centers serving research purposes in management, water and environment, genetic researches, Gender studies and population studies. The university has been trying to achieve the task of preparing qualified and trained graduates who contribute to the development of the country in various fields. Due to the ongoing unfair war imposed on Yemen, SU has suffered a lot and many of its academic activities have been thwarted.


Role in the project

SU will actively participate in developing all short courses. The university will attend all meeting and will participate in all ToT and dissemination activities. Due to the unstable situation in Yemen, mainly the civil war, there is not the possibility of organizing project meetings in Yemen, including ToT and workshops. So SU together with TU will take the responsibility of ToT in Yemeni universities. SU and TU will also disseminate the outcomes of the project in Yemen. SU will have an important role in disseminating the use of SDI-T for environmental management in Yemen. Teaching the developed courses for students, offering online courses to the environmental management authorities in Yemen, accreditation of the developed courses will be of the main role of SU in the project.


Project Members



  • Dr. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Shalabi

Dr. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Shalabi has a PhD in GIS and Geomatic Engineering. He is an Assistant Professor and teaches at the Department of Geography at Sana’a University. He teaches Fundamentals of Geographical Information System, Applications of Geographical Information System, Advance Geographical Information System, Remote Sensing, Principles of cartography, Human Distributions Maps, Industrial Geography and Research Method. He supervised more than 40 bachelor final projects in the fields of GIS, Remote Sensing and Urban Geography & Environment.

  • Dr. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Shalabi

Some of his selected publications are:

  • Mohamed Al-Shalabi, Biswajeet Pradhan, Lawal Billa, Shattri Mansor, Manifestation of Remote Sensing Data in Modeling Urban Sprawl Using the SLEUTH Model and Brute Force Calibration: A Case Study of Sana’a City, Yemen, Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, June 2013, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 405-416.

  • Mohamed Al-Shalabi, Lawal Billa, Biswajeet Pradhan, Modeling Urban Growth Evolution and Land-use changes using GIS-based cellular automata and SLEUTH models: the case of Sana’a metropolitan city, Yemen, Environmental Earth Sciences, September 2013, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 425-437.

  • Mohanad El-Harbawi, Sa'ari Mustapha, S. Abdul Rashid, Thomas S.Y. Choong, Mohamed AL-Shalabi, (2004),Using geographic information systems in assessment of major hazards of liquefied petroleum gas, Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Page: 117 – 129.

  • Mohamed A. Al-Shalabi , Comparison of Cellular Automata and the SLEUTH Models in Spatial Urban Growth and Land-use Change Prediction in Sana’a City, Yemen, The 7th National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia, Damam, Saudi Arabia, 29 April-1May 2012.

  • Mohamed A. Al-Shalabi, Shattri Bin Mansor, Nordin Bin Ahmed, Rashid Shiriff, (2006), GIS-Based Multicriteria Approaches to Housing Site Suitability Assessment, TS 72 – GIS Applications – Planning Issues, XXIII International FIG Congress, October 8-13, Munich, Germany.



  • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Hamoud Maiyas

Dr. Maiyas has got a PhD in GIS and Geomatic Engineering in (2007), and MS.c in Remote Sensing and GIS in (2003) both from the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Dr. Maiyas has a Post-doctoral from the Department of Remote Sensing, University of Warsaw in 2014. Nowadays, Dr. Maiyas is an Associate Professor and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography, and head of RS and GIS technical branch, Sana'a University. He lectures on following courses: Advance Remote Sensing and GIS Applications, GIS Python programming, GIS Query and Analysis, Decision Support Systems, Aerial Surveying and Photogrammetry, Contemporary Environmental Issues, Radar and Optical Image Processing, Advance Statistics, Building Geo-Databases. He is currently a supervisor for 3 PhD students, and 8 MSc students. He has also supervised more than 90 bachelor final projects. He participated in some local and international conferences.

  • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Hamoud Maiyas

Here are some of his publications:

  • Maiyas, M, A. (2013). "Developing of a model to extract surface temperature from Landsat-TM and Landsat-ETM Images". Journal of Humanity Science, vol (9), 2013, Taiz, Yemen, pp. 43-71.

  • Maiyas, M, A. (2013). "Basics of remote sensing", Book published by Sana'a University Press, 394 pp.

  • Maiyas, M, A., Mansor, Shattri., Nur M. N. (2013) “Applying Weighted Corresponding Methodology with Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) within GIS for Classification of Vegetation Biodiversity Areas in Langkawi Island, Malaysia”, Arabian Journal of GIS, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, vol(5) no(2), pp. 40-68.

  • Maiyas, M, A. Mansor, Shattri., Helmi Zulhaidi, M, S. (2012) "A Robust Model for Measuring and Extracting Ocean Surface Current Patterns from RADARSAT-1 SAR Images", Arabian Journal of GIS, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, vol (5) no (1), pp. 25-42.



  • Dr. Maged Ahmed Al-Ward

Dr. Maged Ahmed Al-Ward has got his PhD in Geography from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography at Dhamar University, Yemen. He teaches World Physical Geography, Environmental Geography and Hydrology at Thamar University. He has supervised many graduation projects in the fields of hydrology, geography, and Ecology. Dr. Mged is currently supervising one MA thesis titled " Environmental Impacts of Water Pollution at Protected Otmah area ".

  • Dr. Maged Ahmed Al-Ward


  • AL-WARD, Majed Ahmed1, *Wan ruslan ISMAIL2 .(2015). Historical Rainfall, Runoff and Flood of Wadi Siham Basin, Yemen. Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015.

  • AL-WARD, Majed Ahmed, Assessment of Water Resources in Wadi Siham Basin, Yemen, PhD thesis, Humanities School, Universiti Sains Malasia, unpublished thesis, 2013.

  • AL-WARD, Majed Ahmed, Aquatic Resources in Wadi Surdud Basin, Yemen, MA thesis, College of Education, University of Basra, unpublished thesis, 2003.



  • Dr. Khaled Khambari

Dr. Khaled Khanbari has a PhD in Geology. Université Paris Sud, France. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Sana'a University. Dr. Khanbari is also chairman of Yemen Remote Sensing and GIS Center (YRSGISC). He carries out lectures on following courses: Remote sensing and GIS, Structural Geology and Tectonics, Surveying and Field Geology, Volcanic Activities in Yemen. He was a project manager (2008-2010) of the project "Satellite Image Atlas of the Republic of Yemen". During his work in (YRSGISC), Dr. Khanbari supervised the following projects and studies: Unified Digital Map project of the Republic of Yemen, Yemen Spatial Data Infrasture (YSDI), Urban development in Sana’a City between the years 1973 – 2003, Land-cover change in Wadi Dhar and Wadi Dulah (1999-2002), Environmental impact of the flood disaster in Wadi Hadramout, Hydrological study and evaluating of dams in Sana'a Basin by using RS and GIS techniques, Environmental study of Socotra Island, Estimating total area of mangrove habitats in the Republic of Yemen. Dr. Khanbari worked with "Rural Access Project" as an environmental expert to carry out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for 28 roads in Yemen. Dr. Khanbari has good relationship and experiences on research activities in Geoscience with the French PMCU University. He coordinated one Yemeni-French scientific project YOCMAL which aims to study the geology of Socotra Island and the evolution of the Gulf of Aden. Dr. Khanbari improved his qualification on GIS and Remote Sensing by attending many of local and regional training courses and workshops. He supervised many of final bachelor projects in the fields of GIS, Remote Sensing, Environmental and Engineering Geology. Dr. Khanbari has published more than 20 scientific articles in local and international scientific journals.

  • Dr. Khaled Khambari

Selected related publications to this application are:

  • Khanbari K., 2004, Using Remote Sensing, GIS and Field Data for Fracture Analysis of Wadi Dhar Area, Republic of Yemen, Faculty of Science Bulletin, Sanaa University, V. 17, P. 91-102.

  • Al-Subai K., Khanbari K., 2006, Regional Rock Quality Designation (RRQD) of Sana’a Basin, Yemen Republic, Assiut Univ. J. of Geology, V. 35, P. 83-93.

  • Khanbari K., 2008, Study of Structures and Tectonic Evolution of Yemen Tertiary Granites, by Using Remote Sensing Technique, J. of Remote Sensing issued by GORS, v. 21, P 63-72.

  • Hisham M. Nagi, Khaled M. Khanbari and Ameen Al Sameh, 2012, ESTIMATING TOTAL AREA OF MANGROVE HABITATS IN THE REPUBLIC OF YEMEN USING REMOTE SENSING AND GIS, Faculty of Science Bulletin, Sana'a University, 24, P 75-84.

  • Fuad Al-Nahmi, Hassan Rhinane, Atika Hilali, Khaled Khanbari,
    2015,Using Landsat 8_OLI and Aster satellite image for extraction of lineament in Al Mahabishah -Hajjah area –Yemen, International Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2015,ISSN:2052-5591.