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  • Humanities Circle Hosts a Roundtable , “ Knowledge Production and Management”
  • Science Circle Convenes 3rd Conference, “Egypt: Towards Sustainable Energy”
  • Teachers’ Circle Conducts a seminar, “Back to Inspire”
  • The Commission conducts its first webinar, “65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy”
  • Fulbright Annual Staff Retreat
  • 65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy
  • The Commission Celebrates its 65th Anniversary
  • Commission’s Science Circle Conducts a Seminar about “Traffic Challenges in Egyptian Cities”
  • BFCE’s Outreach in Alexandria
  • BFCE Team Visits Aswan University
  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation”
  • Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint graduation ceremony
  • Commission Reaches Out to Qena University
  • Commission Bids Farewell to Liz Khalifa and Welcomes Maggie Nassif
  • Commission’s Alumni Office conducts the first gathering in our series titled: “The World Through the Eyes of Fulbrighters”



  • Humanities Circle Hosts a Roundtable , “ Knowledge Production and Management”, 6/11/2015

    On May 17, the alumni of the Commission’s Humanities Circle in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Helwan University co-hosted a conversation titled: “Knowledge Production and Management.”

    The Helwan University roundtable builds on the ongoing Thematic Conversations held over the last few years at the Middle East Studies Association Conference (MESA) at which Dr. Maggie Nassif, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Egypt, Dr. Loubna Youssef, Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University and Dr. Walid el Hamamsy, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University participated at previous MESA conferences held in the US. The MESA discussions have been tackling issues of dynamics and economies of producing, publishing, disseminating and receiving academic as well as creative writing. The Bi-national Fulbright Commission is bringing this discussion to Egypt in an effort to engage in the shaping of the national research landscape and intellectual discourse. To this end, Fulbright alumna, Dr. Areeg Ibrahim (Yale University, 2005-2006), Associate Professor, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Helwan University, shared her experience in translating in a multi-phase project titled ‘Theatre and the City’, while Dr. Loubna Youssef, outlined the challenges she  faced in portraying the cultural and local imaging while translating ¼ Gram. Dr. Mohamed Hesham, Lecturer, English Department,  Faculty of Arts, Helwan University discussed the complexity of multiple language translations of Roger Garaudy’s text titled ‘Le Procès du Sionisme. Finally, Dr. Walid el Hamamsy, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, spoke about his experience in co-editing his book on diverse popular cultures with Routledge. 

     

    The Helwan University roundtable marks the launching of this dialogue in Egypt. In the next academic year,  BFCE will be hosting similar discussions at other Egyptian campuses and engaging local faculty and authors.

     


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    Science Circle Convenes 3rd Conference, “Egypt: Towards Sustainable Energy”, 6/4/2015

    On May 14, the Commission’s Science Circle conducted the third of its conferences titled: “Egypt:  Towards Sustainable Energy”  addressing energy as one of the major scientific and economical challenges facing Egypt in the coming few years.  This conference focused on energy future plans for Egypt with particular emphasis on renewable energies; including relatively new sources like geothermal energy.  Co-hosted by the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo University, the conference continued an initiative that begun in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications titled “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges”  where Fulbrighters and other scientists from nearly twenty universities and institutes focused on three of Egypt’s critical problems – energy, food and water.  Approximately sixty faculty members, students, experts, government officials and industry representatives joined the Fulbright Science Circle.  It featured talks and discussions between several prominent speakers in the field and industry of energy, including but not limited to, Dr. Mohamed ElSobky, Executive Director of the New And Renewable Energy Authority; Dr. Eng. Hafez Abdel-Aal Elsalamawy, Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency; Prof. Dr. Sherif Mourad, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Fouad, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Managing Director, Energy in Buildings Laboratory, Cairo University, Leader of Fulbright Science Circle; Prof. Dr. Hany Moubasher, Professor of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Fulbright Alumnus; Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hammam, Professor of Physics, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Fulbright Alumnus; Eng. Amr Saeed, CEO, Miraco Carrier Egypt; Eng. Saleh Abd El Alim, Director of Business Development, Duravit Egypt; Eng. Osama Mokhtar, CEO, Green Tech Solutions for Power Generation; Eng. Hossam Arafa, General Manager, Class A International; Prof. Dr. Yasser Moustafa, Professor, Egyptian Petroleum Institute and Dr. Hesham Safwat, Lecturer, British University in Egypt, in addition to, a group of nationally renowned experts; each a leading authority in his field addressed the audience and the Fulbright scholars who are keen to play a positive role in the development of Egypt.

     

    The conference steering committee included the following distinguished Fulbright Alumni:

    •Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering -    Cairo University and current Leader of the Science Circle

    •Dr. Hani Moubasher (University of California - Davis 2001-2002), Professor of Biotechnology - Cairo University 

    •Dr. Mahmoud Hammam (University of Pennsylvania (1985-1986), Professor of Physics of Helwan University

     

    Through these and other activities, the Commission’s Science Circle brings together Egyptian science, decision makers and industry together to utilize gained knowledge and expertise to help solve Egypt’s pressing needs and contribute to it economic growth.

     

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    Teachers’ Circle Conducts a seminar, “Back to Inspire”, 5/28/2015

    On May 7, the Commission’s Teachers’ Circle alumni conducted a seminar on “Back to Inspire” hosted by the Students’ Club of the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University.  Alumni of the Teachers’ Circle, the Circle’s Leader, Ms. Amira Hegazy  (Vassar College 2010-2011), Ms. Fatma El Zahra’a (Colorado State University 2010-2011), Ms. Sahar Ramadan ( University of California  2008-2009) and Ms. Mariam el Naqr (Manhattan College 2010-2011), shared with university students their dreams and professional ambitions at the age of the audience.  In addition, they described how their Fulbright experience in the USA changed their life, cultural, and professional perspectives. Dr. Maggie Nassif, BFCE Executive Director, gave an overview of the needs of American students in the fields of Middle East Studies and Arabic. She discussed the important position, that Egypt with its prominent Study Abroad providers, has in this field in general and that Egyptian FLTA’s occupy in particular. The objective of the seminar is to reach out to Egyptian University Students', shed  light on an alternative career path (teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language) , inspire youth, and give them a glimpse of other cultures. In a panel format, the alumni shared with the audience the process of evolution on both the personal and professional levels. They shared details on the development of their work ethics in another culture, acquirement of new knowledge,  challenges of teaching in general with a focus on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers and the challenges they encountered while away from home. The panel discussion was moderated by Heidi Bayoume, Senior Teaching Assistant, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University.  The Commission is grateful to Professor Nadia Gindi,  and Dr. Walid el Hamamsy of the  English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University for making that seminar possible where approximately 60 students attended.  This seminar marks the beginning of a series of events to  enhance the exchange of knowledge between the Commission’s alumni and students at Egyptian Universities.

     


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    The Commission conducts its first webinar, “65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy”, 4/14/2015

    Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Dr. Khaled Ismail, Mr. Hisham Fahmy and Dr. Mahmoud El-Gamal (from left to right)

    In continuation of its 65th  anniversary celebrations, the Commission conducted on March 30 a webinar titled “65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy”. The webinar which took place at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt was the inaugural event of a new digital outreach project which will help keep us connected with our alumni in the United States and the different governorates in Egypt. It was watched live and played back within the first 24 hours by 159 viewers in the US, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In addition, forty participants, among which Egyptian university leadership, Fulbright Board and Egyptian alumni, attended the live event. Speakers included  prominent figures, namely: Dr. Khaled Ismail,  Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, School of Business, American University in Cairo (AUC), & Member of the Presidential Specialized Council for Economic Development, who gave an overview in his talk on  “The Economic Conference and Egypt’s New Vision: The Role of Entrepreneurship” and Dr. Mahmoud El-Gamal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs American University in Cairo, who talked about “The Price of Oil and Its Influence on Upcoming Plans in Egypt”. Mr. Hisham Fahmy, CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt moderated the seminar and provided his perspective on the Egyptian Economic Conference. The webinar commenced by the opening remarks of Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Secretary-General, Supreme Council of Universities & Chairman of the Board of Directors. It was concluded by the closing remarks of Mr. Adnan Siddiqi, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Cairo & Treasurer of the Fulbright’s Board of Directors and the Executive Director, Dr. Maggie N. Nassif.

     

    Through these types of activities, the Commission virtually maintains communication with its American and Egyptian alumni, and keeps them abreast of academic research and scholarly analysis of current developments.

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    Fulbright Annual Staff Retreat, 4/8/2015

    On March 19, the Commission held its annual staff retreat at AlAzhar Park. The retreat was a great opportunity for the Fulbright staff to get together outside the office, participate in beneficial indoor activities and outdoor games and to re-energize their work capacity. Special thanks for Consultant Noha A. Kamel, Business Partner, Journey for Human Development, who designed and facilitated the activities and games for the staff retreat day. The event provided a perfect opportunity for the staff to bond and exchange gifts. It was concluded with a talent show that highlighted some of the staff members’ various talents.  In concluding remarks, the Executive Director, Dr. Maggie N. Nassif thanked the staff for their continuous hard work and distributed certificates of appreciation signed by colleagues. The Fulbright staff is grateful for organizing such a special day!


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    65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy, 3/26/2015

    In celebration of the Fulbright Commission in Egypt’s 65th anniversary, the Commission is hosting its first on-line live broadcast seminar, entitled: “65 Years of Fulbright in Egypt: Looking Forward to Interface with the New Vision for the Egyptian Economy.” The event will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Cairo local time (GMT +2).

    Moderator: 

    Mr. Hisham Fahmy,

    CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt 

     

    Speakers:

    Dr. Khaled Ismail,

    Member, the Presidential Council for Economic Development in Egypt

    Dr. Mahmoud El-Gamal,

    Provost, American University in Cairo

     

    If you are interested in joining us on-line for this live broadcast seminar, please contact for further information: usteam@bfce.eun.eg
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    The Commission Celebrates its 65th Anniversary, 3/2/2015
    On February 18th, 2015, the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) launched its 65th Anniversary celebrations with a Roundtable Discussion titled: “65 Years in Egypt and Beyond: Towards an Egyptian Learning Society”. The discussion moderated by Dr. Tarek Shawki, Chair of the Specialized Presidential Council for Education & Scientific Research & Dean, the School of Sciences and Engineering, American University in Cairo, tackled Egypt’s education challenges and opportunities. Special guest remarks were given by the members of the Specialized Presidential Council for Education & Scientific Research; Prof. Robert Switzer, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Core Curriculum, American University in Cairo, who talked about preparing students for the Egyptian workforce and Ms. Maisa Galal, Human Resources Director, Egypt and North Africa, General Motors Egypt, who provided the corporate perspective regarding issues with education and professional development and its impact on the Egyptian workforce. An honorable group of Egyptian University Presidents participated with their insight. The Commission’s Chair of the Board Dr. Ashraf Hatem, and board members: Dr Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University; Mr Adnan Siddiqi Public Affairs Officer at the US embassy; Mr Tom Crehan Director of Education programs at USAID with BFCE Executive Director, Dr. Maggie Nassif, introduced to the Fulbright alumni and the guests 65 years of the Commission’s history in Egypt. They also talked about the Commission’s efforts to address the crucial issues relevant to developing higher education in the US and Egypt. The event was organized by BFCE and hosted by the Faculty of Foreign Trade, Helwan University. The Commission is grateful to the Specialized Presidential Council for Education & Scientific Research, the honorable participants and guests and particularly Helwan University for their hospitality

    Dr. Maggie Nassif (left), Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Dr. Yasser Sakr and Mr. Adnan Siddiqi
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    Commission’s Science Circle Conducts a Seminar about “Traffic Challenges in Egyptian Cities”, 2/19/2015

    The Commission’s Science Circle conducted its seminars on “Traffic Challenges in Egyptian Cities: Toward a Sustainable Traffic System” co-hosted by the Automobile and Tourism Club of Cairo.   The seminar continued the Science Circle’s initiative that begun in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications in addressing the most challenging scientific issues of Egypt.   Dr. Khaled Abbas (University of Texas-Austin 1994-1995), Professor of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Founder and Chairman, Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering House, Ex-Dean Egypt National Institute of Transport and Ex-Chairman River Transport Authority gave the keynote speech titled: “Traffic in Egyptian Cities:  Problems - Reasons and Strategic Solutions --- Education in the Core” that included a detailed overview of the problem and possible solutions.  In the experts session, Fulbright alumnus, Dr. Abbas spoke again about “Education and Importance of Multidisciplinary Approach to Resolve Traffic Problems”; Fulbright alumnus, Dr.  Ali El Faramawy, Professor of Architectural Design, Department of    Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University spoke about the  “600 Billion Regeneration Project:  Urban Regeneration on Railway Land”;  and Dr. Saad El Gioshy, Chairman of the General Authority for Roads Bridges and Land Transport addressed the “Importance of Roads Planning and Design to Resolve Traffic Problems.”  Approximately sixty guests attended the seminar including Fulbright alumni, members of the Automobile and Tourism Club, experts in the field and media. Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University and Leader of the Science Circle, Dr. Hani Moubasher (University of California - Davis 2001-2002), Professor of Biotechnology - Cairo University, Dr. Mahmoud Hammam (University of Pennsylvania 1985-1986), Professor of Physics of Helwan University and Dr. Abdel Fattah Badr (Colorado State University  2011-2012) , Professor of Genetics, Faculty of Science, Helwan University planned and organized the seminar in cooperation with the Commission’s Alumni Office represented by Dr. Maggie N. Nassif, Executive Director and Ms. Safaa Abbadi, Manager, Alumni Affairs.   The Commission’s Science Circle brings together Egyptian science and industry in addition to utilizing gained knowledge and expertise to educate younger generations and to provide possibilities for resolving Egypt’s most pressing challenges.

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    BFCE’s Outreach in Alexandria, 1/22/2015

    December 9-11, 2014, BFCE team (Maggie Nassif,  Nevine Gad El Mawla, and Dina Gaafar) visited Pharos University and the City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications in Borg El-Arab.  BFCE team conducted several information sessions for potential applicants and disseminated information on the various Fulbright programs:  Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, Scholar in Residence, Egyptian Student and Scholar Programs.  The team met with the Pharos University Vice President, Dr. Magda El-Masik and the Director of City of Scientific Research, Dr. Essam Khamis, to discuss opportunities for program growth and possibilities for collaboration with BFCE.


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    BFCE Team Visits Aswan University, 12/22/2014

    Dr. Nassif with Dr. Nadi and Dr. Abdelkader
    On November 16 and 17, BFCE team (Dina Gaafar, Nevine Gad El Mawla, Iman Hegazi and Maggie Nassif) visit the Aswan School District and Aswan University where they conducted several information sessions for potential applicants. The team disseminated information on the Community College Initiative (CCI), Egyptian Student and Scholar Programs. The team also met with the university VP’s: Dr. Nadi and Dr. Abdelkader as well as the Deans of Medicine and Engineering to discuss opportunities for program growth and development of programs on campus and possibilities for collaboration with BFCE.
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    Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation”, 11/17/2014

    On November 5, the Commission’s circle of humanities alumni conducted a seminar on “To  Kill a Mockingbird: A Challenging Translation” being  one of the most widely read, bestselling and influential books in American literature. It was published in 1960 and many  years after its publication, the novel still draws almost a million readers annually as it  focuses on issues related to  human dignity and respect for ‘the Other’ that remain fundamental and universal. Dr. Dalia El Shayal (Harvard University  2001-2002), Associate Professor, English Department Faculty of Arts, Cairo University spoke about the translation challenges she faced in choosing the proper language, sentence structure and idiomatic expressions in addition to all the cultural references  that needed to be smoothly transformed from the American to the Arabic culture. Around forty Faculty members, undergraduate  and graduate students participated in the event hosted on the Commission’s premises.  The event was organized by the Humanities Circle lead by Dr. Ghada Abldel Hafeez (Ohio University 1991-1992), Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University.  Our gratitude and congratulations to Dalia El Shayal!


    Dr. Dalia (left) and Dr. Ghada (right)
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    Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint graduation ceremony, 11/9/2014

    Dr. Maggie Nassif participates in the Cairo University/ Georgia State University joint BA in Business Administration 2013 graduation ceremony
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    Commission Reaches Out to Qena University, 11/5/2014

    BFCE staff ( Dina Gafar, Nevine Gad El Mawla and Maggie Nassif) attend 1st Employment Fair at Qena University's Career Development Center(CDC).

    The team hosted two info sessions, a booth and met with Dr. Abbas Mansour, the University President, Dr. Mohamed Omran, the Director of CDC, and Fulbright alumni. The team also had a chance to discuss avenues for collaboration with the Governor, Mr. Abdelhamid Elhagan to offer professional development opportunities to key community members.


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    Commission Bids Farewell to Liz Khalifa and Welcomes Maggie Nassif, 10/30/2014

    With a lunch on the rooftop of the Commission, the Commission bid farewell to its Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, following two years of service on exchange programs between Egypt and the United States.  Gathered to honor Liz were members of the Board of Directors, and staff in appreciation of their work together. Ms. Khalifa has devoted her career to international education serving as Country Director at AMIDEAST Cairo and the Institute of International Education since 1994.  She had been a member of the Fulbright Commission’s board of directors starting in 2006. Liz Khalifa will remain a friend of the Commission and a key figure in the international education community in Cairo.

     

    The Commission welcomes Dr. Maggie Nassif as its new Executive Director. Dr Nassif, a BFCE alumna (2012), has a PhD in Post-Colonial Theory, and a Masters in Comparative Literature. She has graduate diplomas in Translation and Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language Teaching. In addition, Maggie Nassif has studied Business at the Wharton School of Business and ASU where she completed her MBA in 2005. She has taught Literature, Women's Studies, Writing, Translation, ESL and Business Culture. She has also held several executive positions as ESL Coordinator at the State University of New York, and Director of the Arabic Summer MBA Program for The Wharton School of Business/Lauder Institute. Dr. Nassif relocated to Cairo from Utah where she was the Administrative Director of the National Middle East Language Resource Center at BYU. Maggie's main research interest is in cultural studies: women's issues, feminist literature, material culture, pop culture, and business culture in the Middle East. She was recently involved in research on vocational training and job preparedness in global markets for students in the 21st century and the implementation of a student internship program.

     

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    Commission’s Alumni Office conducts the first gathering in our series titled: “The World Through the Eyes of Fulbrighters”, 10/21/2014

    On Thursday, September 10, the Commission’s Alumni Office launched a new initiative titled:  “The World through the Eyes of Fulbrighers.”

    This initiative, through a series of events hosted at the Commission’s premises, aims to bring together alumni from our six alumni circles in a relaxed social setting to share their experiences and views about their  travels across the world.  Dr. Mahmoud Fouad, Leader of the Science Circle (University of California-Berkeley  1986- 1987), a Cairo University Professor of mechanical  engineering, shared highlights from his travels to the U.S., Germany, Turkey and China offering possible solutions to Egypt’s contemporary energy challenges that would help in “Contributing to Egypt’s Development.” Dr. Ghada Abdel Hafeez, Leader of the Humanities Circle (University of Ohio – 1992), Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University, shared knowledge that she gained about civic education during her recent visit to Syracuse University in the U.S. focusing on how faculty can incorporate civic education in to their curricula for “Engaging Students for Change.”  These presentations were followed by a performance by Mr. Khaled Saleh (Indiana University  2009-2010) and his quartet accompanied by a classical guitarist as well as a networking reception.  Members of the alumni circles took the opportunity to bid farewell to Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director, and wish her luck in her future plans. Dr. Nagwa Nawar, Alumna of the Science Circle, (Snow College  2013-2014 & Texas A & M University  1995-1996) said ….when we come to the Commission, we feel relaxed and joyful…it is like ‘home’….thanks to Liz, all staff members and previous executive directors too, Ann Radwan and Bruce Lohof."


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