Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program at AUC Welcomes a New Cohort
The Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) welcomed its 12th cohort of 29 graduate scholars this fall. Hailing from different governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria, Qena, Ismailia, Dakahlia, Assiut and North Sinai, the new scholars pursue a variety of graduate programs at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP). These programs include public administration, public policy, global affairs, international and comparative law, journalism and mass communication, and Middle East studies.
“I am very excited to start my Youssef Jameel Journey. Not only because it is a chance to learn and dive into intellectual discussions with my professors and peers, and not only because I am coming back to AUC with all it has to offer to its students, but also because I am joining a community that I have been eager to be part of for years, a community with a purpose,” said Miral Omran, an economics AUC alumna from Ismailia and a fellowship recipient.
Launched in 2012 and aiming at building the capacity of young, competent Egyptian nationals in the areas of public policy and public administration and preparing them for leadership roles in Egypt, the Yousef Jameel Program has supported 277 fellows over 11 years by providing them with a fully funded fellowship that contributes to creating a cadre of well-educated, competent graduates ready to take on the responsibility of affecting change in the Egyptian society. An average of 25 exceptional candidates receive a complete fellowship every year to pursue a Master’s degree in one of eight programs at AUC’s School of GAPP.
Laila El Baradei, faculty adviser for the Yousef Jameel Fellowship, said: “Ever since the program started, I have immensely enjoyed my work with the Yousef Jameel Fellows. They never fail to impress. It is a very competitive fellowship and we always manage to recruit fellows who are not only top academic achievers but also multi-talented, mission-driven, and eager to serve their communities in more ways than one.”
Mina Ghaly, a pharmacist by education from Assiut, pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration as part of the newest Yousef Jameel cohort, said: “The memory of receiving my fellowship award notification email jumped right into my happiness jar for 2023. Along with my first day of classes, the class discussions, the rich diversity of classmates, the connections... It all gave me a sense of belonging. This is the right place for me. Thanks for this generous, empowering opportunity.”
During their journey with the Yousef Jameel program, students also get the chance to study abroad for one semester. They engage in different activities, such as local and international study trips to enhance their knowledge and awareness of the diversity of Egypt and to witness best practices in public policy and administration in different countries. Earlier cohorts have traveled to Morocco, South Africa and China on study tours.
Moreover, Yousef Jameel fellows participate in networking events to meet other fellows and alums who act as unofficial mentors and engage in thoughtful book, movie, and round table discussions tackling various multifaceted topics.
For more information, please visit the Yousef Jameel Public Leadership Program.