A Year in Review: Looking Back at 2017-2018 at AUC

orientation 2016
orientation 2016

As the school year comes to a close, we look back on all the moments that made this year great. Click through the links to read more about what AUC students, faculty and staff accomplished this year on campus. 

Kicking Off the Year

  • The year started off with an improved orientation program on August 27 -- designed by students and staff in the First-Year Experience program -- that introduced a range of newcomers, from international students and faculty, to freshmen and transfer students, to everything AUC has to offer. The experience, Dean George Marquis said, was holistic and centered around AUC's eagle mascot, Horus. 



AUC Firsts

  • AUC, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), is taking the lead in promoting online and blended learning across the region. This year, to start off October, AUC hosted an online and blending learning panel made up of key figures in the field of educational innovation: Egypt’s Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawki; Vijay Kumar, associate dean of digital learning and executive director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab at MIT; and Maysa Jalbout, CEO of AGFE. The panel's theme was all about "disrupting" the field of education for the better. 

Watch a video from the panel here:



  • They learn how to lead and how to fail,” said President Francis J. Ricciardone, about the official launch of the new cocurricular transcript (CCT), the first in Egypt and the region.
  • "You will change the way we work," President Francis Ricciardone told the first group of AUC students to intern in Egyptian government ministries. The students shared their experiences with President Ricciardone.

AUC Reaches Out into the Community

International Ties

A New Wave on Campus

"We keep on counting the days and nights until the long-awaited moment comes and the baby is born to this world, but what if the birth comes after 60 years of avid waiting?" wrote one psychology student, in a thoughtful piece about the opening of the new Department of Psychology.

Midyear Commencement and a Meaningful Gift


Spring Marches In





  • “I’m for purity, making sure that it’s all for free for everybody, disregarding color, religion, creed, age, money. Forget the money. It’s a human right," said the spring semester's special guest, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London; founder and director of research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre; and founder of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. He spoke at AUC's Research and Creativity Convention to offer tips for success -- and kindness.

The Next 100 Years Begin

  • AUC is looking ahead. The Centennial Committee picked a winning logo from its campaign to promote the 100th anniversary of this historic educational institution. At the same time, committees are still sifting through a number of wonderful ideas and submissions for the 'Got an Idea?' campaign to celebrate AUC.
  • Partnering with the community, catering to medical and educational needs and paying off debt, AUC's community service clubs were as active as ever this Ramadan, coming up with creative ways to give back (pictured right).
  • Hands-on learning: Educational Psychology students had the chance to learn about the classroom experience, as well as contribute to serving communities in need of educational resources and support around Egypt through activities such as learning-through-play modules, English tutoring and curriculum development.
  • The Spring 2018 Commencement graduated the 95th class of AUC students, of which 40 percent participated in the Senior Class Gift this year. Her Excellency Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat '95 was the keynote speaker for master's and PhD candidates. At the undergraduate ceremony, Mahmoud Mohieldin, senior vice president for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships at the World Bank Group, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from AUC and addressed bachelor's degree candidates: 

    "The only problem that we need in this country, in this region and indeed in this country… is more of you who are not just going to get certificates as Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science, but basically, a license for lifelong learning. Your journey starts now," said Mohieldin as he closed his speech and another year at AUC.

    AUC graduates smile as they finish their experience at the University's 2018 Commencement Ceremony.