Dear AUC Community,
It is with mixed emotions that we all return to our offices, labs and classrooms today and tomorrow. Obviously, returning to our home on the New Cairo campus is an enormous relief and resuming the activity to which we are each dedicated is very satisfying. Yet, while we welcome a return to more normal life, it will not be business as usual. The events of recent weeks have damaged the fabric of the community, and as we work to enhance constructive student engagement in the life of the University, we must also work to restore the sense of common purpose without which we cannot achieve our aspirations to be of genuine service to Egypt and of genuine value in the world.
For your reference, the terms of the agreement are available online at http://www.aucegypt.edu/about/agreements/Pages/septagreement.aspx. As you will see, through this agreement, we are recommitting ourselves to efficient, effective and inclusive administration of our collective resources, intellectual, physical and financial. While it will be very difficult to achieve what we have agreed to do, these are initiatives to which we should all be able to subscribe.
Many people contributed to the successful conclusion of our discussions, including faculty, parents and alumni, but I would like to single out for special recognition six students — Ahmed Ezzat, Mohamed Soliman, Mohamed Hegazy, Ahmed Amin, Mohamed El Etriby and Mostafa Fahmy — who exhibited exceptional intelligence and initiative in bringing forward student positions and arguing constructively and persuasively for their interests.
They, like all of us, recognize the work we must do in the coming days and weeks both to implement the terms of our agreement and to restore our sense of community, our common purpose and our shared values and acceptable code of conduct. To provide an opportunity to discuss the agreement and to launch the process of reconciliation tomorrow there will be a University Forum at 2 pm in Bassily Auditorium. I hope you will attend and I welcome your thoughts about how we can regain the sense of community and cohesion that has long been a source of pride for so many members of the AUC family.
The American University in Cairo