AUC, USAID Launch Alexandria University’s Third University Center for Career Development
On September 14, AUC inaugurated a new USAID-funded University Center for Career Development Project (UCCD) at Alexandria University, marking the third center to be launched at the university and the 15th out of 21 funded centers set to be established in 14 universities in Greater Cairo, the Delta and Upper Egypt.
“AUC is sharing the experience and expertise of its pioneer Career Center with Egyptian universities from Alexandria to Aswan and is empowering thousands of students and helping them get ready for the job market,” said Maha Fakhry '88, '94, UCCD Chief of Party.
The opening of the new center was attended by Essam AlKurdy, president of Alexandria University. Being a general UCCD, the center will serve education, arts, law, tourism and hotels, pharmacy and physical education students, while the existing two cater to engineering and commerce students.
The UCCD project aims to empower around 1 million students from public universities across Egypt by providing a comprehensive range of career development services. Essentially, the centers aim to deliver career guidance, employability skills, entrepreneurial skills and technical training to increase student competitiveness, career readiness and employability in the job market.
To date, 15 UCCDs have been established and are operating in the universities of Minia, Beni-Suef, Alexandria, Sadat, Mansoura, Sohag, Zagazig and Menoufia.
To ensure the sustainability of the UCCDs, the AUC team will be working with staff from Alexandria University to train and certify them as qualified career service providers who are well-equipped to provide value and guidance that will fundamentally affect the postgraduate life of undergraduate students once they leave their university.