Thursday, 13 October 2016


The American University in Cairo (AUC) will celebrate the inauguration of Francis J. Ricciardone as the 12th president of the University on Monday, October 17; 12:00 pm at Bassily Auditorium, AUC New Cairo campus. The ceremony will be attended by senior Egyptian government officials; Egyptian and international dignitaries and businessmen; Egyptian and regional university presidents; members of AUC’s Board of Trustees (BOT); former AUC presidents and AUC faculty members, students and staff.

The inauguration ceremony will include a welcome speech by Richard Bartlett, chairman of the BOT; a speech by Ashraf El-Sheihy, Egyptian minister of higher education and scientific research; and an inaugural address by President Ricciardone. The ceremony will be concluded by the AUC song “We of AUC.” Following the formal inauguration, the campus community will join together for a celebration on Bartlett Plaza, featuring a variety of student performances, giveaways and light snacks, as well as a chance to greet the President. Performances will include folklore dances, and much more. For more details about the inauguration ceremony program, please visit

On Sunday, October 16, several pre- inaugural activities “AUC UP Close” will take place on New Cairo campus from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm,  including panel discussions, campus tours, exhibitions and theater productions.
Two panel discussions will be held, one titled “AUC and the Liberal Arts: Education for Citizenship,” which  will explore the role of education in the 21st century and the preparation of engaged global citizens. Speakers are Ayman Ismail, assistant professor and Abdul Latif Jameel chair of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, School of Business; Nagwa Megahed, associate professor, Graduate School of Education; Stephen Nimis, professor and chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Rania Siam, professor and chair, Department of Biology and Salma Tarek El-Sayed, AUC student. The panel will be moderated by Ted Purinton, associate professor and dean, Graduate School of Education, AUC.
The second panel titled, “Research that Reflects Innovation and Impact: Poverty Alleviation,” will discuss research and projects undertaken by AUC faculty to improve the quality of life for Egyptian people who live in poverty, whether in rural or urban areas. Speakers are  Mona Amer, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology; Ali Awni, professor of practice, Department of Management; Hassan Azzazy, Professor, Department of Chemistry; Mohamed Salah El-Komi, assistant professor, Department of Economics; Ted Purinton, associate professor and dean, Graduate School of Education and Hoda Rashad, research professor and director, Social Research Center. The panel will be moderated by Tarek Shawki, senior strategic adviser to the AUC president for education and outreach; secretary-general, Presidential Specialized Councils in Egypt.
AUC Up Close will also include three exhibitions, including “Exploring the Rare Books and Special Collections Library: The Hidden Treasures,” “Azza Fahmy: Design Retrospective” and Colorful Lure of India.” The “Exploring the Rare Books and Special Collections Library: The Hidden Treasures,” exhibition is a display of collections housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, featuring new and lesser-known holdings. “Azza Fahmy: Design Retrospective,” is an exhibition of the original sketches, books and pictures showcasing the creative process behind the masterful work of Azza Fahmy, an internationally renowned Egyptian jewelry designer. The Colorful Lure of India” is by Egyptian photographer Boulos Isaac, who is featuring a collection of photographs on the many facets of India’s culture, customs, and landscapes.
There will be three campus tours on that day. In the “Garden and Sustainability” tour, Richard Tutwiler, director of the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, will lead a tour of AUC’s gardens to discuss the foliage and highlight AUC’s contributions to Egypt’s sustainable environment. While in “A Walk on the Wild Side” tour Richard Hoath, senior instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition and widely published naturalist, will lead a tour of AUC’s natural environment highlighting how it can be used as a teaching tool for issues ranging from ecology to Egyptology, and from travel writing to theater. Those who love architecture will have the chance to join “AUC Architecture” with Khaled Nassar, associate professor in the Department of Construction Engineering, who will lead a tour highlighting the design and structure of the campus and its relation to Egypt’s history.
In addition, students from AUC’s theater program will perform a collection of classical and contemporary monologues.
Transportation will be provided for media members on October 17 from AUC Tahrir Square campus to AUC New Cairo campus at 10:10 am and back at 1:30 pm.  

Bassily Auditorium , AUC New Cairo

Official Inauguration Ceremony: Monday, October 17, 2016; 12:00-1:00 PM. Doors will close 11:45 am

Pre-inaugural activities: Sunday, October 16, 2016; 10:00 am- 7:00 pm