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Sahl Hasheesh – The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted a three-day meeting from December 11 to 13, 2019 at the Baron Palace Hotel in Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, which was attended by 12 university Presidents and 12 university Vice Presidents, who were joined by the President of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and the President of the Egyptian National Research Center.

The event which was held under the auspices of BFCE Board Chair and Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Dr. Amr Adly, and BFCE Treasurer of the Board and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Ms. Helen LaFave, was organized by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt’s team. The discussion was led by Mr. Brian Darmody, J.D., CEO of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a nonprofit organization with offices in College Park, Maryland and Tucson, Arizona which represents research parks and innovation districts in the U.S., Canada and 13 other countries. AURP is sponsored by universities, federal labs, corporations and communities from leading scientific and technology clusters, supporting over one million jobs and more than 10 thousand businesses. Brian Darmody also serves as Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement in the Office of the President at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he served as Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Commercialization, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Applied Policy Studies. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he served on the staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration Office of Attorney-Advisor, and the Maryland General Assembly. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore.

The Fulbright Commission in Egypt was established 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 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. BFCE has awarded study, travel, research and teaching grants to over 7,000 Egyptians and 1,000 Americans over the last seventy years.

The following prominent participants were welcomed by Dr. Maggie Nassif, Executive Director of the BFCE joined by the Fulbright team (names are in alphabetical order):

  • Professor Abdel-Hamid Abdel-Fattah El-Sayed Khedr, Vice President, Damietta University
  • Professor Abdel-Rahman N. Zekri, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Cairo University
  • Professor Abdel Razik Youssef Abdel Aziz Dessouky, President of Kafr El-Sheikh University
  • Professor Adel Mubarak, President of Menoufia University
  • Professor Ahmed Aziz Abdel Moniem, President of Sohag University
  • Professor Ahmed Mohamed Kamal Mahmoud El Minshawy, Vice President of Higher Studies and Research, Assiut University
  • Professor Alaa El-Din Ramadan Mostafa, Vice President for Environmental and Community Services, Alexandria University
  • Professor Aly Hussein Atta Mahmoud, Vice President of Suez University
  • Professor Badawy Shahat Badawy Ahmed, President of Luxor University
  • Professor Ebeed Saleh, President of Damanhur 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 Magda Mohamed Hagras, Acting President, Suez Canal University
  • Professor Magdi Abdel Raouf El Gohary Sabaa, President of Tanta University
  • Professor Mahmoud M. Sakr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
  • Professor Mahmoud Mohamed Elmeligy, Vice President for Community Service and Environmental Development
  • Professor Mansour Hassan Ahmed, President of Beni Suef University
  • Professor Mervat El Sayed Ibrahim Askar, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Zagazig University
  • Professor Mohamed Eissa Sayed Ahmed, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Fayoum University
  • Professor Mohamed Mahmoud Hashem, President of the National Research Center (NRC)
  • Professor Mona Fouad Attia, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Helwan University
  • Professor Moustafa Abdel Nabi Abdel Rahman Ahmed, President of Minia University
  • Professor Moustafa Y. ElNaggar, President of Matrouh University
  • Professor Shams El-Din Mohamed Shaheen, President of Port Said University
  • Professor Tarek Salman, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Al Azhar University
  • Professor Youssuf Ahmed Gherbawy, President of South Valley University

For more information on Fulbright programs offered by the BFCE, please visit https://fulbright-egypt.org/about-us/

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