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The Road to Sharm El Sheikh: Preparing for COP27

“We have a large challenge ahead of us –– the fight against climate change. This is the largest challenge for mankind,” said Ambassador Frank Hartmann, Germany’s ambassador to Cairo during “The Road to Sharm El Sheikh” civil society COP27 meeting.

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AUC Launches Climate Change Initiative

AUC’s Climate Change Initiative was launched to capitalize on AUC’s contributions to national and international efforts in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time. The initiative focuses on climate change and providing climate change solutions in specific contexts within the country.

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Akher Kalam

Unlike green or ecological design, sustainable design is a broader paradigm that encompasses the social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions. A good definition of sustainable design combines the meanings of both design and sustainability. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman define design as a process for identifying and creating the “what can be” and “what should be” of a situation, where the designer would explore how to better a situation. John Ehrenfeld defines sustainability as the condition where the environment, people and other beings can flourish.

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Finding the Superpower Within

While working as an intern at Alexandria University hospital, Sara Nasr, a graduate student at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE), witnessed constant misfortunes. However, the young physician-in-training found herself particularly touched by the stories of children suffering from hemophilia. “Not only were they burdened with their sickness, but they also had to deal with the way the community views them,” Nasr explained.

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‘Mostakbal’ of Urbanism

On a windy afternoon in February, AUC students from the Urban Design and Landscape Architecture course, taught by Momen El-Husseiny, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, piled out of a bus and onto the sandy grounds of Mostakbal (Future) City — one of Cairo’s up-and-coming satellite cities located in the desert about 55 kilometers east of Tahrir Square. 

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Higher Ed Minister Awards AUC students for self-luminous concrete project

Higher Education Minister Honors AUC Students for Self-Luminous Concrete Thesis Project

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar awarded the ministry shield to four undergraduate students in the Department of Construction Engineering who have developed self-luminous concrete to light up roadways and pavements at night without using conventional energy sources.

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Sustainable and Safe: Construction Engineering Students Create Glow-in-the-Dark Concrete

Four undergraduate students in the Department of Construction Engineering have developed self-luminous concrete to light up roadways and pavements without using conventional energy sources.

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100 PhDs in Africa Awardee Shimaa Heikal (MSc '22) Pilots Data Project on Dementia in Egypt

Pioneering a research registry on novel biomarkers found in early stages of dementia within the Egyptian population, Shimaa Heikal (MSc '20), PhD candidate at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE), is among the first 10 awardees for the 100 PhDs in Africa program. 

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AUC Releases Second Sustainability Report, Highlighting Achievements Amid COVID-19 Pandemic 

AUC has published its biennial sustainability report and brochure. Compiled by the Office of Sustainability, this report highlights the University’s commitment to sustainability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AUC tops Egypt, Africa in the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings

The American University in Cairo ranked 1st place in Egypt and Africa and 159th out of 956 institutions in this year's University of Indonesia GreenMetric World University Rankings, an annual publication focused on raising awareness towards sustainability within universities. The University jumped almost 200 places as compared to 2020, when it came in at 323rd place among 912 institutions.

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Professor Mustafa Arafa Awarded for Years of Research on Sustainable Energy Harvesting

As the need for renewable energy sources becomes more dire, AUC Professor Mustafa Arafa’s research in low-cost, sustainable energy harvesting has become all the more crucial.

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AUC Featured in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

For the sixth year, AUC has been named in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges. The University is among 420 schools that were chosen for the guide based on an analysis of their institutional commitment to the environment and sustainability.

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Hassan Alazzazy

Managing AUC's Pandemic Response, One Study at a Time: Meet the Scientific Advisory Committee

Led by Hassan Azzazy, distinguished University professor and chair of the chemistry department, AUC’s Scientific Advisory Committee is guiding the University’s COVID-19 response. The committee is made up of biomedical researchers and health experts, as well as administration members.

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 Nageh Allam, AUC professor of materials engineering

Solar Fuels, Clean Water, Face Mask Filters: Technological Solutions to Critical Issues

What stands out about research conducted by Nageh Allam, professor of materials engineering, is the ability to create highly efficient solar cells that are free of hazardous lead. The impact?

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Construction Team Makes Use of Discarded Masks, Gloves in Concrete

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of used and contaminated face masks and gloves were being disposed improperly, leading to a possible risk of spreading the virus.  "Additionally, some individuals, sadly, were picking up these objects and using them again or selling them at a cheaper price, thus endangering the lives of others," said Mohamed Nagib Abou-Zeid, professor of construction engineering.   

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