AUC is hosting Chinese African Forum for Higher Education, focusing on strategic priorities for higher education in China and Africa, in order to identify areas for collaboration between universities. Collaborations would include science and technology, innovation, student exchanges, mobility of researches, culture and other fields of education.

Day One

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

12:20 pm – 1:50 pm

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12:20 pm – 12:30 pm

Registration, Reception and Networking

Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm

Opening Remarks

Ashraf Hatem, AUC Counselor

Ehab Abdel Rahman, AUC Provost

President Francis Ricciardone, AUC President

A representative of the African Delegation 

Minister-Counselour for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, Han Bing  

Egypt's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cultural Relations, Mahmoud Talaat

Egypt's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar 

Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

12:50 pm  – 1:00 pm

The announcement of Moataz Al Alfi's African-Egyptian Scholarship

Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

1:00 pm– 1:05 pm

Video on the Chinese-African Forum

Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

1:05 pm – 1:50 pm

The Coalition of University Research Excellence in Egypt

Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

Day Two

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

(by invitation only)

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9:00 am - 9:25 am Reception and Networking Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Chinese-African Strategic Cooperation based on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

  • Chinese-African History of Cooperation
  • One Belt One Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Beijing Summit on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
  • Higher Education Projects, Bilateral Relations and The Role of Universities
  • Impact of Universities on Diplomacy and Trade
  • Chinese-African Cooperation as Enablers for Development
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Internationalization of Higher Education and Higher Education in the Digital World

  • Transnational Education, Language Education and Cultural Diversity
  • Institutional Portal and Access to Information
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Higher Education in the Digital Era
  • Fostering Cooperation in Digital Education for the Benefit of Quality Education in Universities
  • Digital Higher Education and the Societal Impact
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Student Mobility and Exchange Programs

  • Current Experience with Students Exchange and Mobility between Africa and China
  • Hurdles to Mobility and Exchange
  • Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications
  • Cultural, Logistical and Life Aspects of Exchange and Mobility
  • Innovation Beyond Exchange and Mobility
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Faculty Exchange Program and Joint Research Projects

  • Identification of Mutual Challenges and Priorities in Research
  • Governance of Research Output
  • Funding and Funding Mechanism
  • The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Research
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Interactive session to conclude the path forward

  • Higher Education, Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Goals
  • Joint Periodicals
  • Accreditations
  • Funding
  • Platform for Entrepreneurship
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo 

Day Three 

International Higher Education Congress

Under the auspices of HE President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, president of Egypt

Thursday- April, 4

08.00 – 02.00 pm

(by invitation only)

9:00 am- 2:00 pm

International Higher Education Conference

El Massa Hotel, New Capital