New Irrigation System, First Community Garden in Western Desert Oases

The Research Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE), formerly the Desert Development Center, has successfully installed a new drip irrigation system, including pop-up sprinklers, and established two community gardens in the Western Desert oases of ElHeiz and Abu Minqar, utilizing grey water from the local mosques for irrigation. The gardens' playground, equipped with a slide, seesaw, palm tree swing, grass, trees and blossoming plants, are the first in both villages.

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Community-Based Learning Broadens Perspectives, Social Understanding

Reem Deif, a psychology major and development studies minor, went to an orphanage every Saturday to teach children with learning disabilities Arabic, math and general skills through the nongovernmental organization Wataniya. Deif’s weekend routine formed because of her Third World Development class, a community-based learning course which encourages students to work on a community service project throughout the semester to learn about contemporary developmental theories.

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Finance Students Get Taste of Real World Stock Market, Investments

Getting a glimpse of real-life stock brokerage, students in the Investment Analysis finance class used a simulation software to trade on the U.S. market for seven weeks and track how their stocks performed, giving them a practical experience that they can draw upon in their future careers. "At the beginning," said student Sandra Boutros, "we didn't check our portfolio frequently, so we made losses, but as soon as we started checking it on a daily basis and replacing all the losing stocks with new ones, our portfolio recovered and we ended up with a return of 1.40 percent."

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Seven AUC Master’s Programs Ranked Among Top 200 Worldwide

Seven AUC graduate programs were recently ranked among the best five in Africa and among the top 200 worldwide in the 2013 - 2014 Eduniversal rankings.Three graduate programs from the School of Business were ranked the first in Africa, whereas the Master of Arts in journalism and mass communication, offered by the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), came in second.

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Staff Compete in Third Annual Staff Sports Day; View Photos

Staff Sports Day

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AUC's Carbon Footprint 2013; Watch Video

The potentially stark consequences of climate change for Egypt have led The American University in Cairo (AUC) to undertake the first carbon footprint study of an institution of higher education in the Middle East and North African region (MENA).This study also responds to concerns about the sustainability of AUC’s own operations.

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Alumni Profile: Naturally Inspired

Sara El Sayed '02 helps youth see the environment through a different lens

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Tapping into the Source of Life

With Egypt under the water poverty line, faculty experts examine where the country is headed

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This Month in AUC History: Hill House Inaugurated on January 13, 1953

The Hill House was named after William Bancroft Hill and his wife Elise Weyerhaeuser Hill. William Hill served on AUC’s Board of Trustees for almost 25 years, including 20 years as chairman. The Weyerhaeuser family, who donated $1.5 million for the original construction of the building in 1953, also financed the remodeling of Hill House in 1984.

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AUC Conducts Assessment of Operations, Establishes Risk Register

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently conducted an assessment of the possible risks that might affect AUC’s operations and activities, including compliance, financial, operational, reputational and strategic risks.

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MBA, Economics Master's Programs Ranked Top in Africa

Three graduate programs at AUC’s School of Business –– Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in economics and Master of Arts in economics in international development –– have been ranked number one in Africa, according to the 2013 - 2014 Eduniversal ranking of top master’s programs.

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Year in Review: Memorable Moments in 2013

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Faculty Reflects on 2013 in Revolutionary Context, Literary Realm

After more than two years of revolution, 2013 has been a year of change and reassessments on so many levels. While 2011 was the year of revolutionary change, 2013 is the year in which we have had to contemplate two years of revolution and reflect on our gains and losses. I think that 2013 has been another difficult year, but one with some moments of hope, particularly after the frustrations and failures of last year.

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Middle States Commission Reaffirms AUC Accreditation

AUC’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was recently reaffirmed, with no follow-up comments. AUC was last reaccredited for a 10-year period in 2008, and the reaffirmation came following the successful submission of a mid-way periodic review report earlier this year.

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Renovated Academic Advising Center Provides Personalized Experience

The new premises for the Academic Advising Center, located in The Hatem and Janet Mostafa Core Academic Center, have been recently completed. The new space, which features a reception area and 10 partitioned areas for each adviser, provides students with a more personalized and simplified advising process.

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