The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 as an Egyptian private university. The AUC contributes enormously to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. It has approximately 7,000 students, with 1,000 students at the master’s degree level. The AUC mission is to provide high quality educational opportunities to students from all segments of Egyptian society as well as from other countries.
The university offers programmes at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels as well as an extensive continuing education program. The pursuit of excellence is central to AUC’s mission, and the university maintains high standards of academic achievement, professional behaviour, and ethical conduct. The university has already started several sustainability initiatives and outreach events to promote it among the Egyptian community. The great infrastructure of the AUC and quality of its staff ensures nothing but success to this project.
The American University in Cairo is a leading institution when it comes to sustainable development in Egypt, as is evident from its recently launched graduate programme on sustainable development. Given that AUC was the initiating institution for the project idea, it will thus be participating in all of the work packages. AUC will lead Work Package 1 and ensure the proper function of the platform through monitoring the three pilot projects centred around the WEF Nexus at the participating universities, namely a pilot training activity, a pilot research project, and a specific cooperation with industry.
AUC will also be tasked with guaranteeing that the innovation projects meet with the real local WEF challenges in Egypt, whilst also collaborating closely with TU Graz to ensure that the trained young researchers are actively participating in the pilot projects. AUC has also offered to host the international conference and to advertise it through its numerous international networks.