Fulbright Commission Hosts Egyptian University Leadership Program

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Hurghada – The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted a three-day meeting from December 14 to 16, 2018 at the Baron Palace Hotel in Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, which was attended by 10 university Presidents and 12 university Vice Presidents, who were joined by leadership from the Ministry of Higher Education, Supreme Council of Private Universities, the Academy of Scientific Research and the National Research Center.

The event which was led by Dr. John Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University (NYU) was organized by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt’s team to mark the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright Program in Egypt. Dr. Sexton shared his experience on how he led NYU to become a Global Network University, with 11 international academic centers on six continents and degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. President Emeritus Sexton had started his career as a Clerk at the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals. He also serves as the Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Among the main topics that were discussed were: Globalization; Alumni Engagement; R&D Culture; Intellectual Property; and Linking Academics to Industry which were outlined by the speaker in his opening talk entitled “Universities and their Constituents in a Globalized World.”

The U.S. Department of State-funded Fulbright Program was first offered in Egypt in 1949 through an initiative of the late Senator J. William Fulbright to “bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion to world affairs.” BFCE is the largest and oldest Fulbright Commission in the Arab World and the Middle East and North Africa region. BFCE has awarded study, travel, research and teaching grants to over 7,000 Egyptians and 1,000 Americans.

Guests were welcomed by Dr. Amr Adly, BFCE Board Chair and Deputy Minister for Higher Education (MOHE); Ms. Helen LaFave, BFCE Treasurer of the Board and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Dr. Maggie Nassif, Executive Director of the BFCE. They were joined by Dr. Yasser Refaat, Deputy Minister for Higher Education(MOHE) and Dr. Mohamed Saleh, BFCE Board Member and Head of the Central Department of Missions and Cultural Representation (MOHE). The following prominent participants whose wealth of experience and thoughtful insights enriched the active discussions during the numerous sessions were in attendance (names are in alphabetical order):

  • Professor Abdel Nasser Singab, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research,
    Ain Shams University
  • Professor Abu-Bakr Mohamed Mohie Eldien, Vice President for Scientific Research
    Affairs, Minia University
  • Professor Adel Mubarak, President of Menoufia University
  • Professor Ahmed Aziz Abdel Moneim, President of Sohag University
  • Professor Ahmed Mohamed Byomi, President of the University of Sadat
  • Professor Aiman S. El-Khatib, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Affairs,
    Cairo University
  • Professor Ebeed Saleh, President of Damanhour University
  • Professor Eldesouki I. Eid, Vice President for Community Service and Environmental
    Development, Suez University
  • Professor Hanan Mohamed Abdel Moneim Aly, Vice President for Education and
    Student Affairs, Aswan University
  • Professor Hussein El-Maghraby, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs,
    Benha University
  • Professor Khaled Hassan Abdel Bary, President of Zagazig University
  • Professor Magda Mohamed Hagras , Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and
    Research, Suez Canal University
  • Professor Maged Abdeltawab El-Kemary, President of Kafr Elsheikh University
  • Professor Maged Mohamed Fahmy Negm, President of Helwan University
  • Professor Mahmoud Khodari Maeila Hamed, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and
    Research at South Valley University
  • Professor Mahmoud Mohamed Elmeligy, Vice President for Community Service and
    Environmental Development, Mansoura University
  • Professor Mahmoud M. Sakr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research and
    Technology
  • Professor Mamdouh Moawad Ali, Vice President for Research and International
    Relations, National Research Center
  • Professor Mansour Hassan Ahmed, President of Beni Suef University
  • Professor Mohamed Eissa Sayed-Ahmed, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and
    Research, Fayoum University
  • Professor Mohamed Ismail Ibrahim, Acting President of Matrouh University
  • Professor Mokhtar Ibrahim Yousef, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research,
    Alexandria University
  • Professor Seddik Abdel Salam Tawfik, Secretary General of the Council of Private and
    National Universities
  • Professor Shams El-Din Mohamed Shaheen, President of Port Said University
  • Professor Tarek Abou Elmaaty, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs,
    Damietta University
  • Professor Tarek Salman, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies & Research, Al-Azhar
    University

For more information on Fulbright programs offered by the BFCE, please visit: www.fulbright-egypt.org

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