Wednesday, 26 April 2017


April 18, 2017, Cairo –  The American University in Cairo (AUC) has witnessed students achieve feats in a variety of fields, this semester, succeeding in local and regional competitions that qualify them to move on to represent AUC, Egypt and the MENA region in competitions at the international level.
The CFA Institute Research Challenge 
The AUC team, composed of students, Toka ElWazery, Nora Mashhour, Yara Hashem, and Farah Ibrahim, came in first against 12 other Egyptian universities competing in the local round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge this year. Their team was tasked with the analysis of the publicly traded company, Juhayna, and asked to submit a written report, concluding with a buy, sell or hold recommendation. The team then presented their findings in front of a panel of industry professionals. Students were met with immediate job offers from influential figures in the finance industry in Egypt, pointing to the prestige associated with the challenge.
In the last six years, AUC teams have advanced to regional competitions in London (2012), Milan (2014), Chicago (2016) and, finally, Prague this year.  “One reason for the success of AUC teams in winning the local competition for many years now is that we have a very unique way in identifying and selecting the strongest team to represent AUC in the local competition,” said Aliaa Bassiouny, assistant professor of finance at AUC and faculty adviser to the team.
Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Media Festival of Arts Competition
Selected from a pool of over 1,450 entries from more than 175 colleges and universities, four AUC students have been awarded first place prizes at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Media Festival of Arts competition. AUC’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) had five project submissions.
“This is the fourth consecutive year that JRMC has had award winners. Winning BEA awards puts AUC and JRMC on the international map,” said Kim Fox, associate professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Abdallah Abdeldayem (‘17) won first place for Student Audio in the Educational Program category for his project, "More Than Just a Game: A Documentary About Professional Video Gaming in Egypt.”  “It felt great to be noticed for the work I put in this documentary,” said Abdeldayem. “Moreover, going through the JRMC curriculum helped me find my passion for creating content.”
Mariam Seif, Reem Mohamed and Hanien Gaballah also won first place in the Student Interactive Multimedia