The American University in Cairo (AUC) signed on Thursday an MoU with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), and a strategic partnership agreement with ElAlamein International University on Wednesday to enhance collaboration in higher education.
On Thursday, AUC and AASTMT signed an MoU at the Academy’s main headquarters in Abu Qir to facilitate academic cooperation and activities between the two universities, a press release issued by the AUC said.
The MoU aims to explore and promote cooperation and collaboration in the fields of teaching and scientific research and develop programmes that mutually benefit both parties and exchange experiences in research fields and exchange students and faculty members.
AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone said, “We are here today to bring our institutions together to advance knowledge, to serve our common interest in the fields of research, teaching, and learning activities, and most importantly to provide young Egyptians with the quality of education they deserve for a better and a brighter future.”
AASTMT President Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag said: “This cooperation would benefit both institutions and positively reflect on students’ educational experience and provide opportunities to enhance collaboration in the future.”
On Wednesday, AUC and AIU signed a strategic partnership agreement at ElAlamein International University’s headquarters in the new Alamein city, the statement added.
The agreement aims to further cooperation between AUC and AIU at various educational and developmental levels to support sustainable community-university partnerships. The agreement also aims to provide cooperation on academic and non-academic activities that will strengthen mutual understanding, foster friendly cooperation, and promote sustainable and productive academic cooperation and exchange between faculty, researchers, and students of both parties.
AIU President Essam El Kordi said: “The University is keen to establish local and international partnerships with many prestigious universities, as a strategic partnership agreement was signed with Alexandria University at the local level, and at the international level there are partnerships with Michigan State University and Louisville University. Other agreements are underway to establish partnerships with Virginia Tech University, East London University, and Northwestern University.”
At the signing ceremony, Ricciardone said: “Partnerships between institutions, like friendships between individuals, are built on shared values. And there can be no doubt that the AUC and AIU share important values and missions: to bring people together to pursue knowledge, improve quality of education in Egypt, and enhance understanding of the value of diversity.”