AUC’s Center of Excellence for Water Offers Scholarships for Public University Engineering Students

The Center of Excellence for Water at The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering scholarships for public university engineering students to study water engineering at Ain Shams and Alexandria universities. The scholarships provide a full four-year university study opportunity for undergraduate students to study civil engineering with a focus on water in one of the study tracks in the credit hour programs for water engineering at Alexandria and Ain Shams universities.  

“Water Engineering is becoming a necessity for the world and especially for Egypt,” said Yasser El Shayeb, Chief of Party, Center of Excellence for Water at AUC.The University is working together with partners from universities, research centers, public and private sectors to elevate the Water Education and applied research in Egypt.”

El Shayeb added: “We aim to have a new generation of undergraduate students highly qualified to work on Egypt's pressing problem, which is water. The scholarship also aims to provide students with a new path for entrepreneurship in the water sector.” 

The scholarship includes tuition fees, in addition to a monthly salary for students, an annual allowance for academic books, and housing allowance for students coming from outside the University’s governorate in which they study. The scholarship holder will also get free English courses and a possibility of internship in one of the leading industrial companies.

The scholarship also includes the possibility of studying a full semester at one of the American universities participating in the project, which are The American University in Cairo, Temple University, Utah State University, Washington State University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

AUC, Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are the American universities that were selected to launch three Centers of Excellence in Egypt, fostering research, scholarships and education innovation in water, agriculture and energy. The three centers, worth a total of $90 million, are funded by USAID and are conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

AUC was awarded the Center of Excellence for Water, which was established at Alexandria University in September 2019, in cooperation with a large consortium of US and Egyptian Universities, the US and Egyptian private sector companies, and several ministries and public entities in Egypt.

The Center of Excellence for Water is designed to be a modern applied research center, located within the premises of Alexandria University, connecting Egyptian industries, research centers, and ministries. The Center of Excellence for Water aims to improve the relevance and quality of water curricula and develop effective and innovative teaching methods for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of water engineering. It also aims at elevating water-related research capacities and the ability to produce market-driven research products, contributing to Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy and Vision 2030.


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Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the Arab world. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions and study abroad programs. 

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