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Returning to Campus: When and How - Campus Conversation

Last Thursday's campus conversation, Returning to Campus: When and How, covered some of the community's most pressing questions about what Fall 2020 will look like, tuition fees, remote work, international students and more.

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Campus Conversation Recap: Managing Sustainability

Last week's campus conversation, moderated by Samer Atallah '97, associate professor in AUC's Department of Economics., discussed managing the sustainability of AUC in terms of finance, jobs and continuation of the educational mission while protecting the community from COVID-19. Taking part in the conversation were President Francis Ricciardone, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sarah Refaat and Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Amir Habib. Board of Trustees Virtual Meeting

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Board Holds Virtual Meeting, Issues Statement of Appreciation

Last week, and for the first time in the University’s history, the Board of Trustees held its May meeting via videoconference. Convening more than 30 trustees and advisory trustees spanning five countries and several states, the virtual meeting focused on a discussion of the University’s COVID-19 response and implications for the future, an update on the campus master planning process, review of tenure cases and projections for the FY21 budget, which will be approved in June.

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AUC Holds Second Media Virtual Discussion on the World Order Post COVID-19

"The question now is: Who will lead the world? After China's domination, Europe dominated the 19th century, and then the U.S. dominated the 20th century, but that will change with Asia dominating the 21st century," said Bahgat Korany, professor of international relations and political economy and director of AUC Forum, at AUC's second Virtual Media Discussion, "The World Order Post COVID-19."

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AUC, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Sign Public School Scholarships Agreement

AUC and Egypt’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the University to annually allocate 30 full-tuition scholarships to the government for Egyptian public school students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies at AUC, in accordance with the University’s admission requirements. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research will nominate the students for the scholarships.

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Campus Conversation: The President's Operational Excellence Initiative

Last Thursday’s Virtual Campus Conversation introduced the Presidential Operational Excellence Initiative, which establishes seven committees spanning different areas.  President Francis Ricciardone started the session detailing the purpose of the committees, stating that they are meant to better help address the different needs of AUC community members and to give students, faculty and staff ways to directly express their concerns and needs. 

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President Francis J. Ricciardone's Message to AUC Community

Watch President Francis Ricciardone's March 17 interview with AUCTVas he discusses the University's priority to make sure the Spring 2020 semester is completed and also reduce the number of staff members on campus as much as possible through remote work arrangements.

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Campus Conversation: AUC Next 100

The best master plan reflects the participation of the whole community,” said Neil Kittredge, partner and director of urban planning and design at Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), the international architecture firm that will be developing a master plan for the design and construction of the second part of AUC’s campus. Speaking at the Campus Conversation: AUC Next 100 event, Kittredge was visiting with other representatives from BBB to engage in discussions with the AUC community about its involvement in the future plans of campus.

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Class of 2020: The Future Awaits

If you were on campus last Wednesday and Thursday, you would’ve seen crowds of new students eager to begin their lives at AUC wandering among a sea of caps and gowns, graduates ready to start their journeys beyond this campus.

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AUC, College of Charleston Partner on Student Exchange

AUC and the College of Charleston in South Carolina, both liberal arts institutions with a long legacy in education, have recently partnered on new academic cooperation and student exchange program for both undergraduate and graduate students for a period of five years.  Students from AUC and the College of Charleston will receive a scholarship to spend a semester or year abroad at the other institution, providing students with a unique international experience and strengthening East-West cultural ties.

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President Francis Ricciardone's interview in Arabic with Al Youm Al Sabie

Read President Francis Ricciardone's interview in Arabic with Al Youm Al Sabie about scholarships and fellowships at AUC, the future of scientific research in Egypt and the University's role as a cultural hub.    

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AUC's Board of Trustees Votes Unanimously to Renew President Ricciardone

The American University in Cairo’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to renew President Francis Ricciardone for a second four-year term, effective July 1, 2020. At its May board meeting in New York, the Board commended President Ricciardone for his leadership of the institution.

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Presidential Encounters

Left: Merna with Ambassador Ricciardone at age 7; Right: Merna with President Ricciardone at Centennial International Day 

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President Ricciardone and Udacity COO Clarissa Shen announce the partnership

Udacity and AUC Announce Partnership

AUC and online educational platform Udacity are partnering to bring tech curriculum onto campus next year.President Francis Ricciardone announced the partnership at the RiseUp Summit on the Greek Campus Saturday, noting that it is in line with the University’s mission to be a global, forward-looking institution that benefits the country.

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Student Clubs, Organizations Awarded for Distinguished Contributions

In an annual event held to celebrate the outstanding achievements of participants in clubs and organizations on campus, AUC students received 20 awards ranging from Outstanding Academic Association and Best Collaboration to other honorary awards.

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