Entrepreneurial Leadership and Critical Global Issues

Start up trip

The world is facing unprecedented critical issues including poverty, government accountability and corruption, income inequality, climate change, unemployment and migration and more recently the COVID-19 global pandemic. This course will take a close look at global issues through an experiential entrepreneurial and leadership lens, developing your ability to think strategically and systematically about different scenarios, and how to unpick them innovatively, creatively and courageously. Through hands-on experience applications, exposure to entrepreneurs and key figures from business and society, class trips, analyzing in-depth current topics through reflective reading and writing, this course aims to develop students into future entrepreneurial leaders and changemakers.

  • Understand and analyze the context and the history of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt compared to the world.
  • Investigate leadership theories and connect them to critical global issues Identify and reflect on key critical global issues, their history, cause, current state and future state and possible solutions.
  • Research and critically analyze critical global issues and reflect on your entrepreneurial leadership and changemaker journey.
  • Develop problem-solving, critical thinking, creative inquiry and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and awareness, leadership character, and tolerance and respect for others.
  • Undertake research independently and in teams.
  • Advance critical writing skills encompassing analysis and evaluative judgment.
  • Enhance speaking and listening skills.
  • Evidence a capacity to communicate research clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.
  • July 17 - August 4, 2022
  • Sessions will run daily from 9 am to 3 pm
  • AUC New Cairo campus
  • Fridays and Saturdays off
  • $1,000 (price includes field trips)
  • 10% discount offered for siblings
  • Egyptian students can pay the equivalent amount in Egyptian pounds

Note: This course helps you save up to almost 50% from its original price at AUC.

This course is one of the core courses needed to complete any major you specialize in. We recommend you take it if you are interested in start-ups and sustainable development, as you will be studying a topic of interest while off-loading yourself one core course in the semester. 

  • Upon taking this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from AUC and an official AUC transcript with your pass/fail mark.
  • The course is not letter-graded, only pass or fail.
  • Only students who pass the course will be able to transfer the course when they enroll to AUC or any other university (if applicable).
  • The course is equivalent to 3 credit hours. Accordingly, upon enrolling at the University and enrolling, 3 credit hours will be off-loaded from the major, minor, core, or elective requirements.
  • The course will be transferred even if you decide to major in any other field.
  • Submit an English writing sample (at least 750 words): essay or reflection
  • Submit a copy of your report card for the past two years of school
  • Submit a recommendation letter from a high-school teacher within the past academic year. The teacher must mention the student’s capacity for academic study in English

Registration deadline: June 30, 2022.

The AUC bus service is available for extra fees. Details on the schedule will be shared before the program’s start date.
Note that only vaccinated students are allowed to use the bus service.

Accommodation is offered at the university residences in case needed. 

Nellie El Enany

Nellie El Enany is an assistant professor at the School of Business at The American University in Cairo. She has been teaching subjects including entrepreneurship, business ethics, global leadership, international business, global strategy, human resource management and organizational behavior for over 10 years at several universities including AUC and previously at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. She takes a creative and critical approach to teaching with students at the heart of the learning journey. She seeks to stimulate students to engage critically and reflectively with the material while emphasizing the dialectical interdependence of theory and practice and blending scholarly and popular resources during the learning process. To enhance development and self-reflection, she encourages her students to have fun and enjoy learning and is a keen advocate of incorporating play into learning. In her free time, El Enany enjoys cycling, birdwatching, treating and rescuing street animals, keeping up-to-date with global issues and studying psychology and languages. 

A 100% refund of the program fees will be offered in the following cases. Cases should be reported at least three weeks before the program's start date.

  • Course cancellation 
  • Medical withdrawal
  • Visa denial