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AUC Provides Mentorship for Gemini Uplift Initiative

AUC will be providing voluntary mentorship support for entrepreneurs as part of the Gemini Uplift initiative to support entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The initiative, launched by Gemini Enterprises Africa, aims to revive the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt and Africa during these difficult times through money, matchmaking and mentorship. Gemini focuses on supporting entrepreneurship in Africa, and particularly projects focused on social dimensions. 

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Coping in Egypt During the COVID-19 Crisis: AUC's Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative

AUC’s Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative awarded funding to 10 different research projects that are aimed at creating an impact both during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic — contributing to the scholarship and innovation in the fight against it. In this series, we are highlighting each of the 10 projects to learn about what they are and what impact they will have on society.

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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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Report-for-Change: A People-Centric Urban Management Tool - Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research at AUC

AUC’s Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative awarded funding to 10 different research projects that are aimed at creating an impact both during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic — contributing to the scholarship and innovation in the fight against it. In this series, we are highlighting each of the 10 projects to learn about what they are and what impact they will have on society.

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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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Faculty Share Tips, Practices, Stories

  From encouraging quieter students to participate through Google Docs to inviting theatre artists as guests and cracking jokes with students through class WhatsApp groups, these faculty members are finding creative ways to keep students engaged.    

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Tahrir Dialogue Webinars

Here you can watch the last three Tahrir Dialogue webinars. 

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'An Obligation to the Community' — AUC's Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative

“We have a role and an obligation to the community,” said Alaa-Eldin Adris, associate provost for research, innovation and creativity, when asked about the purpose of AUC's Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative, which called for research proposals from across the University that address current and forthcoming issues brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Biotechnology Alumna Busts Myths, Shares Facts on COVID-19

Reem Al Olaby (MSc ’11, PHD ’14) is an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at California Northstate University. She recently created these videos busting myths surrounding COVID-19 and explaining the use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19. 

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Internet Stress — A Q&A With Ayman Abdellatif

With classes shifting online, people working remotely and millions of Egyptians staying home more than they used to, the internet is witnessing an unprecedented surge in traffic. Experts are calling this 'internet stress,' and it has people worried about how much the internet can actually handle.  News@AUC spoke to Vice President for Digital Transformation Ayman Abdellatif, whose team has been in charge of the online shift, to learn more. 

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World Health Day: Recognizing AUC's Dedicated Medical Staff

  Our medical staff are at the frontline of fighting COVID-19 and keeping the AUC community safe and healthy. Let's remember to thank them for their hard work and dedication to their mission. News@AUC spoke to some of the staff at the Office of Medical Services to hear about their roles during this time and what they want the community to do to stay safe. 

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Fall 2020 Admission During COVID-19: Q&A with Associate Provost for Admissions, Financial Support

The global COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly raised questions and concerns surrounding the admission process for next semester. News@AUC spoke to Randa Kamel, associate provost for admissions and financial support and chief enrollment officer, about the Fall 2020 admission procedures and incoming class, and the steps AUC has taken to ensure a smooth process amidst the global changes taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zoom Tips

AUC's Office for Digital Transformation has been hard at work for the past few weeks preparing and facilitating the shift to online instruction and remote work. One of the most critical elements of transitioning online was purchasing an institutional license for Zoom and making it so that the AUC community can sign in using their University credentials. "So much work went into doing this in such a short amount of time, and it was a success," said Vice President for Digital Transformation Ayman Abdellatif.  Below you can find some helpful tips and links for using Zoom. 

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Virtual Campus Conversations

Third Virtual Conversation with AUC International Faculty and Staff

May 17, Watch the third virtual conversation with AUC's international faculty and staff, hosted by President Francis Ricciardone, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, and Counselor Ashraf Hatem. Joining the call was Acting Consul General Benjamin Naseman of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Managing Sustainability

May 14, Watch virtual Campus Conversation: Managing Sustainability, with 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. The conversation was moderated by Samer Atallah '97, associate professor in AUC's Department of Economics.

Campus Conversation: President's Operational Excellence Initiative

April 30, Looking beyond COVID-19 and its impact on AUC, this week's Campus Conversation introduces the President's Operational Excellence Initiative, which establishes seven committees spanning the academic mission, digital optimization, HR, finance, student services, operations and fundraising. Watch this Campus Conversation for more details from each committee chair.

Virtual Campus Conversation

April 23, Watch virtual campus conversation with updates from the Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion will be moderated by Nagla Samir, associate professor of practice in the Department of the Arts. 

Weekly Virtual Campus Conversation

April 9, Watch the latest updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion was moderated by Firas Al-Atraqchi '94, '97, associate professor of practice, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and faculty adviser for The Caravan student newspaper.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Updates

April 2, Watch the weekly virtual campus conversation, with updates on admission for next semester, student and faculty feedback, online instruction updates, travel concerns and more. The conversation hosted President Francis Ricciardone, Counselor Ashraf Hatem, and Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, and was moderated by Mervat Abou Oaf '88, '02, professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Online Instruction

March, 26, 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.

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

March 26, 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: COVID - 19 Full Response

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

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April 15, Weekly Virtual Campus Conversation

April 15, watch the weekly updates from the Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion was moderated by Amina Elbendary '96, '00, associate professor in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. 

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AUC President and Senior Leadership Share Latest Updates on University's Response to Coronavirus (in Arabic)

At this critical moment, AUC and the world are facing, President Francis Ricciardone and senior leadership members are keen to reach out to AUC’s Arabic-speaking community to share the latest updates on AUC's response to coronavirus. The session is recorded in Arabic.

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Virtual Conversation with International Faculty and Staff

March 31, President Francis Ricciardone and Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman met with international faculty and staff members to discuss the emergency repatriation transportation arrangements by foreign embassies.

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Challenges facing Migration and refugees during the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 14, AUCTV spoke to Ibrahim Awad, professor of practice of global affairs and director of AUC's Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, and a Yemeni citizen living in Egypt about challenges facing migrants and refugees amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

AUCTV's interviews about the recent Playwrighting Bake-Off challenge

May 5, AUCTV's interviews featuring Jillian Campana, professor in the Department of the Arts and director of the theatre program, and Yasmine Haggag, a student studying political science and theatre and who was on the bake-off committee. The challenge garnered 40 submissions from the AUC community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff.

AUCTV's interview with Maha El Moslemany, associate director of employee relations

April 30, The Career Center is fully operating online. AUCTV's interview with Maha El Moslemany, associate director of employee relations, discussing what services are offered to students and alumni. 

Busting COVID-19 Myths

April 16, You can't believe everything you read about COVID-19. That's why Reem Al Olaby (MSc '11, PhD '14), assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at California Northstate University, busts some myths and shares facts about treatment.

Use of Hydroxychloroquine (HQ) in treating COVID19 patients- part 1

April 12, Do chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (HQ) treat corona virus? Watch the opinion of experts.

Use of Hydroxychloroquine (HQ) in treating COVID19 patients- part 2

April 12, Do chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (HQ) treat corona virus? Watch the opinion of experts.

Interview with Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Support

April 25, Randa Kamel, associate provost for admissions and financial support and chief enrollment officer, talks to AUCTV about the admission for next fall, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and more. 

Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on AUC's Scientific Research on Corona

April 23, Watch provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview on DMC as he discusses the impact of AUC's scientific research in Egypt and the University's pandemic and post-pandemic research and innovation initiative. 

First Virtual Media Discussion with Hani Henry

April 14, Watch AUC's first virtual media discussion with Hani Henry, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, discussing mental wellness during COVID-19. The session is in Arabic.

Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview with Sabah El Kheir Ya Masr (Good Morning Egypt)

April 14, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman discusses the University's response to COVID-19. 

AUC Today Interviews Ayman Ismail, founding director of the AUC Venture Lab

April 10, Ayman Ismail '95, '97, Abdul Latif Jameel Chair in Entrepreneurship, founding director of the AUC Venture Lab and associate professor in the Department of Management, spoke to AUCTV about the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses and young entrepreneurs, how the V-Lab has gone virtual and more.

Message on Grades, Assessment and Attendance

April 9, Watch AUCTV's interview with Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management Ahmed Tolba '97, '01, University Registrar Rasha Mahmoud and Senior Director of the Academic Advising Center Noha Saada '05, '09 as they explain the new grading, assessment and attendance policies, including the meaning of Credit/Fail (CR/F) and how this affects declaration and students on probation.

AUCTV Talks to Students About Their Online Learning Experience

April 5, Haidy Badreldin, graduating senior talks about her online learning experience to AUCTV.

Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman’s Interview with MBC Masr

April 3, Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman’s Interview with MBC Masr, where he discusses AUC's COVID-19 response, the shift to online instruction and more.

Firas Al-Atraqchi Speaks to AUCTV on Caravan

March 31,2020, Firas Al-Atraqchi Speaks to AUCTV on Caravan Initiative to Call for Submissions

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.

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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