AUC Installs New Cairo Street Signs In Collaboration with Municipality
In an effort to ease the day-to-day lives and operations of both AUC and neighboring communities, the University has successfully collaborated with the municipality in the recent installation of several street signs surrounding the New Cairo campus.
“Seeing the signs finally installed after months of determination and resilience with the municipality makes me very proud of this achievement,” said Sherif Maged, senior director of the Offices of Faculty Housing and Transportation Services. “I feel especially privileged to have such an incredible team that made all of our efforts pay off, particularly Mohamed Sakory, who designed the signs, and Islam Osama El Morsy, who led many of the organizational efforts.”
The lack of street names in several locations surrounding AUC had been an issue for some time. “It wasn’t pleasant and not very practical,” noted Maged. For local deliveries, international shipping and transportation services such as Careem and Uber, the lack of street names had become a hassle for many residents.
In earlier meetings regarding the University’s recent launching of the Neighborhood Initiative, several different issues such as this one were introduced to the municipality in the hopes of developing a plan for solutions. This led to a meeting with the governor of New Cairo, where AUC was able to voice its concerns regarding the need for street names. “We expressed that AUC is willing to take the lead on this project and move forward with preparing potential names and organizing logistics of street signs,” Maged explained.
Islam Osama El Morsy, logistics associate in the Office of Faculty Housing, took charge of completing all necessary forms and following through with approvals from the municipality. “We took the initiative in installing signs out of a sense of social responsibility for both the AUC and the larger Egyptian community,” he noted. “We have witnessed this change already benefiting the community and leaving a positive impact. Upon installing the signs, several people saluted us, expressing their gratitude and appreciation. This made me feel that our hard work was worthwhile.”
Additionally, AUC has proposed several names of Egyptian police or army martyrs for other unnamed streets. These proposals are under review and will need approval from a municipality committee before moving forward with ordering the signs. The University plans to hold an event to unveil the new street signs once approved and honor the martyrs by inviting their families.
AUC also hopes to tackle errors in street labeling on Google Maps. Maged and El Morsy hope to approach both Google and the municipality to ensure that names listed on Google Maps can be altered to accurately match street signs.