31 March, 2019



The American University in Cairo (AUC) is hosting the Chinese-African Higher Education Forum as part of its yearlong centennial celebrations and in light of the Year of Education initiative in Egypt and the country’s presidency of the African Union.

The two-day forum aims to focus on the strategic priorities for higher education in China and Africa in order to identify areas for collaboration between their universities. Collaborations would include science and technology, innovation, student exchanges, mobility of researches, culture and other fields of education.

The forum will be attended by 200 notable guests from leading Egyptian educational institutions, as well as a number of Chinese and African universities' presidents, leaders and specialists. They will discuss partnerships and bilateral relations, strategic cooperation based on the One Belt One Road initiative, Chinese - African joint research and exchange plan, internationalization of higher education locally and internationally, cultural diversity, mutual recognition of academic qualifications, opportunities and challenges of higher education in the digital era, role of Chinese - African high education partnership in sustainability and the universities’ approaches to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Opening remarks will be provided by Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, minister of higher education and scientific research; a representative from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; AUC President Francis Ricciardone; AUC Counselor Ashraf Hatem, and AUC Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman.

During the event, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egyptian-Japanese University for Science and Technology (E-JUST), Nile University (NU), and Zewail City for Science and Technology (ZCST) to begin the Coalition of University Research Excellence in Egypt (CUREE). The coalition was initiated by agreement among the academic leadership of the four universities in order to enhance the quality and the level of integration in academic research between them through allowing the availability of research facilities of the coalition member universities to all under a shared access agreement and strengthening their research output by activation of synergies among research groups and building their capabilities to attract major research endeavors through national and international funding of global research priorities.


Opening: Tuesday, April 2, 2019; from 12:00 am till 02:00pm


Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo