Background on the Initiative
The Dr. and Mrs. Elias Hebeka Building in the AUC Park and Square at the main entrance to campus will serve as the physical home for this new dynamic ecosystem. A committee will screen select tenants to ensure they add value and connect to students and faculty, enhancing our core academic mission. Tenants will span industry satellite research groups, startups and social entrepreneurs. The new center or hub will provide the framework and ecosystem to support the platform.
The University’s criteria for tenant selection includes:
- Having current or past relationships with AUC, such as alumni, faculty, students, V-Lab alumni and companies with active research partnerships with AUC
- Being sponsored by a responsible AUC entity such as a faculty member or unit, the V-Lab or the provost’s office
- Being financially viable
- Offering identifiable international linkages
- Receiving the final approval of the assigned AUC executive committee for the project
The layout of the space is designed to provide private workspace for occupants, as well as spacious, comfortable common areas. The master plan features indoor office space and fixed size steel containers for rent, as well as fully equipped meeting rooms, lounge seating areas and a cafeteria. The outdoor seating area seats more than 250 people and allows for open engagement, networking and idea exchange.
The project accomplishes the key mission of providing a knowledge pillar for the industry. It is a realization of an early vision of the New Cairo campus master plan that included the future development of a science and technology park. Updated and revamped to meet today’s needs, this new concept will enhance the learning and real-life research that takes place on the New Cairo campus. It gives our students a place to answer the question of “what problem do you wish to solve?”
The concept of a university-based innovation hub has gained popularity in recent years, with centers launched by leading global higher education institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, University of Cincinnati and University of Leicester. For more information about these innovation hubs and their range of activity, please visit the following webpages: