Aya Abbas, Professional Paralympic Swimming Champ, Finds Her Passion at AUC

“Doctors told my mom I was going to die. They told her not to invest too much in me as I am dying anyway,” said Aya Abbas, the first and youngest paralympic swimmer in the Middle East and Africa to win world paraswimming championship medals as well as Egypt's Republican Medal for Athletes.

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Connecting Cultures Through Art

For John Hoey, associate professor of practice in the Department of the Arts, what started as a regular phone call with his parents sparked up a conversation about how people perceive cultures different than theirs, which turned into a decade-long project that is being cultivated right here at AUC.

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"I want to keep the conversation going" — A Personal Note from Nadeen Ashraf, Assault Police Founder

For philosophy senior Nadeen Ashraf, being a full-time student doesn't mean she won't have time to be at the forefront of a movement that's taken the country by storm. 

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Student Podcasts on Family Stories Make it to Broadcast Competition Finals

Journalism and mass communication students Noran Morsi and Mohamed Youssef took some personal family stories to the mainstage with podcasts they submitted to the Broadcast Education Association's On-Location Creative Competition. And those stories got them to the final round.  “It feels absolutely amazing,” Youssef said. 

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New Contact Tracing Technology Based on WiFi to Help Curb Spread of COVID-19 on Campus

For the past several months, AUC’s Office of Medical Services has been contact tracing suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 to help curb the spread of the virus. To improve the efficiency of contact tracing, the office started deploying automated-contact tracing through the use of theAUC WiFi system earlier this month.

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Egyptian Team Wins the Regional Finals of Schneider Electric’s Go Green Competition 2020

An Egyptian team of two undergraduate students: Habiba Abdelwahed, construction engineering senior at AUC who is minoring in business, and Abdallah Mohamed from the German University in Cairo, recently won the regional finals of Schneider Electric’s Go Green Competition. Competing against 5,367 participating members across the Middle East and Africa, team “Plastale” took the lead.

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The Plethora of Passions of AUC Student Ambassador Catherine Yassa

As an admirer of AUC’s rich cultural and academic history, Catherine Yassa, a mathematics graduating senior minoring in creative writing, joined the AUC Student Ambassadors program two years ago to represent the University and its core values.

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$1.3 Million HUSS Grant for the Future of Art at AUC

AUC’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences was recently awarded a grant agreement worth approximately $1.3M over two years from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) to fund “The Interdisciplinary Future of Art Education at AUC.”

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AUC, USAID Launch First Virtual Career Fair for Egyptian Universities

AUC and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the first Virtual Career Fair for Egyptian Universities (UCCD 2020) on September 28. The event was attended by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, AUC President Francis Ricciardone, AUC Counselor Ashraf Hatem, USAID Egypt Mission Director Leslie Reed, and presidents of ten Egyptian public universities.

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Tahrir Cultural Center Kicks Off El Gouna in Tahrir

El Gouna in Tahrir is a long-awaited collaboration between AUC's Tahrir Cultural Center and El Gouna Film Festival.  This is a series of 5 films selected from previous editions of the film festival. They include the winner of last year's festival, the Sudanese film You Will Die At Twenty, which will open the series  on October 7 at 7pm.  Tickets for each film are EGP 50. Below is the schedule of all film screenings. 

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AUC Establishes New Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination Office of Institutional Equity

With the aim of combating sexual harassment and safeguarding its community, AUC established the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) on August 1 to handle sexual harassment and discrimination complaints from students, faculty and staff. The office reinforces and underpins AUC’s Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy, abiding by Egyptian laws, and strengthening AUC’s reporting channels.

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New Business Majors, MBA Restructured

With the start of Fall 2020, AUC has introduced three new undergraduate business programs to its portfolio: Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Business in finance, and Bachelor of Business in marketing. This is in addition to its existing Bachelor of Business Administration in management of information and communication technology.

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AUC, University of Lübeck Assemble World’s First Comprehensive Egyptian Reference Genome

Mohamed Salama, visiting associate professor at AUC's Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology, physician and clinical neurotoxicologist, together with an Egyptian-German team from the University of Lübeck, assembled and annotated the world’s first comprehensive North African reference genome, EgyptRef.

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The Center of Excellence for Water MOU Signing

AUC and Alexandria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 22 along with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, represented General Manager Mohamed Ismail; Sierra Engineering and Contracting, represented by founder and Managing Director Sherif Elashram; and Demerdash sister companies Engazaat for Development, Demerdash Group and IBSAR, all represented by Managing Partner Muhammad El Demerdash.

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Virtual Onboarding: AUC Welcomes New Staff

With a priority of maintaining a low-density campus and restricted face-to-face gatherings, AUC held its first virtual staff onboarding HR event to welcome new hires while ensuring their seamless integration among the AUC community during such a challenging and unique time.

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