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AUC Introduces New Translation Minor, Science Specializations

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is kicking off the semester with new academic programs: the University’s first minor in translation studies, biology specializations in biotechnology as well as ecology and conservation, in addition to computer science and engineering specializations in embedded systems and artificial intelligence. 

Offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics, the new translation studies minor is geared toward students from any major, according to Reem Bassiouney, professor and department chair. “Training in translation will broaden career opportunities for students in any field, from business and social sciences to medicine and engineering,” she said. “In today's world, there isn’t any business or sector that does not require some form of translation services. However, you can’t do it well without understanding the relationship between language and society, as well as the tools of translation science.”

The minor is open to all undergraduate students at AUC and consists of five courses: two in linguistics and three specifically focused on translation. “To be a good translator, you need to develop some background in linguistics, which is the study of language, its structure and syntax,” explained Bassiouney. “Linguistics helps us understand the importance of language, how it shapes our social world and the way we relate to one another.” 

Students will be able to choose from several new offerings covering the theory of translation as well as skill-based courses on subjects including document translation, specialized courses for specific types of documents and simultaneous translation.  

Other departments within AUC have also adjusted their offerings ahead of the new school year with the aim of better preparing students for career success. 

The Department of Biology is now offering two new specializations for its Bachelor of Science in biology: one in biotechnology and another in ecology and conservation. These specializations will replace previous concentrations in marine biology as well as molecular and cell biology. 

“This program restructuring was driven by our dedication to offering a curriculum that includes the latest and most applicable biological disciplines,” said Ahmed Moustafa, professor and chair of the Department of Biology. “The new specializations seamlessly complement the foundational knowledge in our biology program. They empower students to grasp the real-world applications of these subject areas within the biological sciences. This not only enriches their academic perspective but also broadens their career horizons, positioning them as top contenders for roles in research, industry and conservation.”

Additionally, the Computer Science and Engineering Department will now offer specializations in embedded systems and artificial intelligence for its Bachelor of Science programs to cater to the rapidly evolving and expanding field, creating a need for new skills and expertise in the workforce.

“These specializations are increasingly sought out by employers both in Egypt and abroad,” said Sherif Aly ‘91, professor and department chair. “We have been offering courses in both areas for some time, but the specializations formalize these two tracks within our programs. They will now be listed on student degrees upon graduation, providing them with an additional credential as they enter the workforce.”

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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. 

The University offers 39 undergraduate, 52 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. 

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