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Japanese Government Bestows Dean Nabil Fahmy with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of the First Degree

Nabil Fahmy '74, '77, Egypt's former foreign minister and founding dean and professor of practice in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, has been bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of the first degree by the Japanese government. This decoration is awarded to those who have advanced their fields, made significant achievements in international relations or the promotion of Japanese culture, or contributed to development in welfare or conservation.

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Board of Trustees New York Meeting Highlights

The Board of Trustees held its May meeting in New York earlier this month. As is customary at the May meeting, the Board approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY20) starting July 1 and approved eight tenure cases, in addition to several other discussions of academic quality, strategic capital planning, advancement and student life.

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AUC's Board of Trustees Votes Unanimously to Renew President Ricciardone

The American University in Cairo’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to renew President Francis Ricciardone for a second four-year term, effective July 1, 2020. At its May board meeting in New York, the Board commended President Ricciardone for his leadership of the institution.

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Centennial Benefit Dinner Photo Highlights

AUC hosted its eighth annual Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — one of the world's largest art museums, housing over 2 million works of art in collections that span over 5,000 years — in celebration of the University's centennial. The dinner raised more than $1.15 million for Centennial Scholarships to help top students attend AUC — exceeding the University's $1 million target.

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Alum Uses Philosophy Studies at AUC to Found Go Clean Initiative

“Go clean is all about changing people's perspective on recycling so that their brains give them negative signs when they witness environmental hazards,” said Mohamed Hamdy ‘13, founder of Go Clean, a recycling solutions company aiming to increase public environmental awareness. Go Clean has recently won the European Union’s Most Promising Environmental Initiative Award at the Alex Go Green, hosted by the French Embassy in Egypt.

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The Big Move

While AUC is celebrating its centennial, another important University birthday is happening this year — the 10-year anniversary of the New Cairo campus. For the full article, click here. 

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Centennial Benefit Dinner Exceeds $1 Million Target for Student Scholarships

At its eighth annual Benefit Dinner, AUC raised more than $1.15 million for student scholarships — exceeding the University's $1 million target for Centennial Scholarships, which help top students attend AUC. This is part of AUC's $100 million Centennial Campaign, which has now reached 80 percent.

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The Century Committee

The earliest discussion of the need for a new campus, exclusively built for the purpose of higher education, began just two years after the University was founded in the city center in 1919. For the full article, click here. 

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Culturally Connected

AUC signed an agreement with prominent businessman and investor Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Orascom Investment Holding, to support the establishment of AUC’s Tahrir Cultural Center (TCC) on its Tahrir Square campus. The agreement also entails the renovation of the buildings and spaces that host the center on campus. For the full article, click here. 

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Ewart Hall: A Contemporary Classic

Ewart Memorial Hall has been a cultural hub of downtown Cairo since it opened its doors in 1928, serving as a gathering place for lovers of literature, cinema, music and all forms of arts and culture. “Ewart Memorial Hall is not only one of the oldest AUC facilities; it is also one of the largest, and to many in Cairo, it is the locus of cultural activity,” Lawrence Murphy noted in The American University in Cairo: 1919 – 1987. For the full article, click here. 

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100 Years of Giving

In 1925, an anonymous donor offered AUC a gift of $100,000 for the construction of a 1,150-seat auditorium. She requested that the auditorium be named after her grandfather William Dana Ewart, who had in the past visited Egypt for health reasons. For the full article, click here. 

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A Job Well-Done: Student Organizations Awarded for Yearlong Achievements

At its end-of-year ceremony, AUC's Office of Student Life celebrated the yearlong achievements of student organizations, presenting awards to student representatives and faculty advisers. The event included 31 winners, including student organizations and faculty advisers.  

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New Scholarships, Increased Opportunity

AUC is offering new scholarships for undergraduate Egyptian and international students applying for Fall 2019, including the Undergraduate Scholarship in Liberal Arts Education and the AUC Centennial Scholarship Fund. In addition, during Fall 2018, 574 students received scholarships and more than 1,700 students received financial aid.

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AUC Students Win Omnicom Group MENA Inter-University Challenge

AUC students Nour El Tahawy, Nour Beshir, Yousef Nassar, Mai El-Ghamry and Nadine Riad won the Omnicom Group MENA Inter-University Challenge with a $10,000 prize, competing with students from other international universities to solve a real data analytics science problem.

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The Kamal Adham Center Organizes Science Journalism Pre-Conference

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism organized the pre-conference event "Science Journalism: The Professional Approach," initiating a dialogue between science journalists, academics and media professionals on the importance of science journalism in the Arab world. 

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