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Check out all news about Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

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Faculty Reflect on One Week of Online Instruction

AUC's faculty members have been hard at work trying to navigate the challenges that come with shifting to online instruction. News@AUC spoke to some faculty members to learn about their experiences so far and what they've been doing to adapt to the changes. Here's what they had to say: 

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Faculty Reflect on Economic Setbacks of COVID-19

Various sectors of society are feeling the effects of the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, most noticeably education and health, but world economies might be taking the hardest hit.

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Wash Your Hands but Still Save Water

A tip from the Office of Sustainability: Turn off the tap while you scrub!  Washing your hands with soap and water is the most important thing you can do to stop the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. In order to save water, turn off the tap while you scrub! Wet your hands before adding soap. Then turn-off the running water and scrub for at least 20 seconds, and then rinse.   This may seem like a small amount of water saved, but if everyone in the world uses this tip, it will add up to a lot of water being saved! 

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Celebrating Our Hardworking Staff Moms on Mother's Day Under COVID-19

#PeopleOfAUC With Mother's Day coming up on March 21, working mothers in Egypt and at AUC are facing a lot of challenges in light of the coronavirus situation — they are trying to keep their kids safe at home and entertained, keeping pace with their online learning at home and — on top of that — working in their daily jobs. We spoke to AUC's staff working mothers, and here are their thoughts on this year's Mother's Day:

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Tips on Being Happy While Working from Home

We are now facing the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone is feeling anxious, disorientated, worried and generally uneasy. Workplaces are being disrupted to an unprecedented degree, and nobody knows how long this will last. Many of us have to work from home, and this in itself can be not only challenging, but also isolating and lonely. Social bonding is important, and many of us will miss out on interacting with colleagues, and for our faculty with our students too. So, what can we all do about it?  

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'Flatten the Curve' - How Social Distancing Can Help Slow Down COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been mapped out as an exponential curve, an image that has experts worried about containing the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one of the best ways to slow down the spread — or flatten the curve — is to practice social distancing.

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AUC Next Steps on COVID-19: Online Instruction to Begin

The Covid-19 Response Task Force has continued over the rainstorm emergency weekend to assess developments both globally and among our students, faculty, and staff regarding the pandemic. The good news upfront:  so far, we have no confirmed cases among our community;  the handful of those with flu-like symptoms over the past week quickly left campus, were examined or tested, and have proven uninfected with the novel coronavirus.

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How to Stay Updated on COVID-19

For AUC news and updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), important numbers, FAQ, tips on staying safe and helpful resources, visit

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AUC's Response to COVID-19

AUC has implemented campus-wide efforts to respond and protect the AUC community from the worldwide coronavirus outbreak: Events

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Virtual Campus Conversation: Updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force

March 26, 2020, Watch part one of last Thursday's Virtual Campus Conversation, with updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force. Moderator: Rasha Allam, assistant professor and associate chair at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Online Instruction

March, 26, 2020, Watch part two of last Thursday's Virtual Campus Conversation discussing online instruction. Moderator: Rasha Allam, assistant professor and associate chair at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Interview with AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone.

March 25, 2020, Watch President Francis Ricciardone's interview with TV host Mona Elshazly '96 on CBC's Maakom Mona Elshazly.

Interview with Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman

March 24 ,2020, Watch Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview with TV host Tamer Amin on Al Nahar's program, Akher Al Nahar.

Virtual Campus Conversation: COVID - 19 Full Response

March 21,2020, Panel discussion with AUC's Coronavirus response task force.

AUC Associate Provost for Transformative Learning and Teaching Aziza Ellozy

March 17, 2020, AUC Associate Provost for Transformative Learning and Teaching Message to AUC Community

Interview with Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on the next two weeks of online classes

March 17, 2020, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on preparations of the next two weeks of online classes, including assessments, student attendance policies, campus facilities that will be operating, how the University will assess the efficiency of online instruction and more. 

AUC Vice President for Digital Transformation Message to AUC Community

March 18, 2020, With online classes starting Sunday, AUCTV interviewed Vice President for Digital Transformation Ayman Abdellatif on how his team has been working hard to make sure the process runs smoothly and how students and faculty members should utilize the IT Help Desk when running into challenges.

Interview with President Frank Ricciardone

March 17, President Francis Ricciardone's interview on 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.

Vice President for Management and Operations

March 16, AUC Vice President for Management and Operations Shereen Shaker '91  on campus plans for the next few weeks and what the University is doing to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. 

AUC Vice President for Student Life Message To AUC Community

March 16, 2020, The American University in Cairo Vice President for Student Life, Deena Boraie

AUC Provost Message To AUCTV On CoronaVirus - COVID 19

March 15, 2020, AUC Provost, Dr. Ehab Abdel-Rahman's Message To AUCTV On CoronaVirus - COVID 19.

AUC President On Coronavirus

March 11, 2020, AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone's message to AUCTV on  coronavirus and how AUC is responding to it. 

AUC Counselor on Coronavirus

March 11, 2020, Watch the interview with University Counselor and Former Minister of Health Dr. Ashraf Hatem, who specializes in pulmonology, on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventative measures each individual can take.

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The Caravan's RADUC interview on March 17 with President Francis Ricciardone

Listen to President Francis Ricciardone as he answers questions about classes like theatre that require face-to-face meetings, what the University is doing for students who don't have internet access at home, campus operation over the next few weeks and more. You can listen to the interview in Arabic here.

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President Francis J. Ricciardone on Coronavirus

President Francis J. Ricciardone on the current and future measures AUC is taking against the spread of the coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

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