In an effort to ease the day-to-day lives and operations of the communities of both The American University in Cairo (AUC) and neighboring areas, the University has successfully collaborated with the municipality of New Cairo in the recent installation of several street signs surrounding the New Cairo campus.The lack of street names in several locations surrounding AUC had been an issue for some time. “It wasn’t pleasant and not very practical,” said Sherif Maged, senior director of the Offices of Faculty Housing and Transportation Services. For local deliveries, international shipping and transportation services, the lack of street names had become a hassle for many residents.
In earlier meetings regarding the University’s recent launching of the Neighborhood Initiative, several different issues such as this one were introduced to the municipality in the hopes of developing a plan for solutions. This led to a meeting with the head of New Cairo Municipality, where AUC was able to voice its concerns regarding the need for street names. “We expressed that AUC is willing to take the lead on this project and move forward with preparing potential names and organizing logistics of street signs,” Maged explained.
Islam Osama El Morsy, logistics associate in the Office of Faculty Housing, took charge of completing all necessary forms and following through with approvals from the municipality. “We took the initiative in installing signs out of a sense of social responsibility for both the AUC and the larger Egyptian community,” he noted. “We have witnessed this change already benefiting the community and leaving a positive impact.”
Additionally, AUC has proposed several names of Egyptian police or army martyrs for other unnamed streets. These proposals are under review and will need approval from a municipality committee before moving forward with ordering the signs. The University plans to hold an event to unveil the new street signs once approved and honor the martyrs by inviting their families