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  • Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion
  • Science Circle Convenes one day conference, “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering”
  • Humanities Circle Conducts a Seminar, “Civic Education and Civic Engagement”
  • Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum (EHAF) Conducts its Launch Conference, “Together for a New Egypt: Challenges of Transition”
  • Egypt Fulbright Photography Exhibit
  • Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes”
  • Science Circle Convenes 3rd Seminar, “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges: Young Innovators in Energy”



  • Commission Hosts Alumni Reunion, 6/17/2014

    On April 3, the Commission’s Board of Directors and staff hosted a reception in honor of its recent program alumni. This year’s reunion titled, “Knowledge has No Borders” featured two speakers who visited Cairo to attend the Alumni Event and dialogue with our alumni on future collaborations:

    ·         Prof. Dr. Michael Broadway, Dean of Arts and Science , Northern Michigan University, with whom the Commission’s alumni office established an initiative to host one Egyptian alumna\us for a one semester teaching grant at Northern Michigan University, and

    ·         Professor Emeritus Hassan Mekouar, Former Dean, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco, President of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange and Founding President of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, with whom the Commission’s alumni office is working to establish a twinning initiative between alumni in Egypt and Morocco to be launched through a conference in October 2014.

    In addition, the leaders of our various alumni circles presented the highlights of their activities over the past year and the new circle leaders were announced. Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Commission’s Executive Director, distributed certificates issued by the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships to Egyptian alumni who recently completed their grant program in the U.S. The event provided the perfect opportunity to introduce our new alumni to Egypt’s Fulbright community.

     

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    Science Circle Convenes one day conference, “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering”, 6/4/2014

    On April 17, the Commission’s Science Circle conducted a one day conference titled “Young Entrepreneurs in Science and Engineering.”  The  conference aimed to foster and support an entrepreneur culture within the Egyptian young researcher and student communities.  Co-hosted by the National Research Center in Egypt (NRC), the conference marks the 4th event of the Science Circle initiative that began in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications titled “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges.”  In a highly positive and competitive atmosphere,  Fifteen young research teams  of innovators/entrepreneurs from the NRC, Cairo University, Helwan University and the American University in Cairo gave their presentations. The teams presented new research ideas that can be transformed into relevant technologies.  The speakers at the opening session for this one-day event included Dr. Tarek Khalil, Nile University President and Ms. Sally Metwally, Acting Director of the Scientific Research and Innovation Program.  Approximately seventy faculty members, researchers and students joined the Fulbright Science Circle to address one of the most critical challenges of Egypt namely transforming innovative research ideas into successful enterprises and educating young scientists on how to present their ideas.  The following Fulbright Alumni formed a review panel for the students’ presentations:

    • Dr. Abdel Fattah Badr (Colorado State University 2011-2012) Professor of Genetics - Helwan University
    • Dr. Bahaa Shawki, Professor of Microbial Chemistry   (Texas A & M University  1992-1993) – National Research Center in Egypt
    • Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Cairo University and Leader of the Science Circle for the current term
    • Dr. Mahmoud Hammam (University of Pennsylvania  1985-1986), Professor of Physics - Helwan University
    • Dr. Hani Moubasher (University of California - Davis  2001-2002), Professor of Biotechnology - Cairo University 

    They were joined by Dr. Hala El-Kady, Dr. Fatma Shaba’an and Dr. Samia Boseila of the Conference Unit at NRC.  The Commission is thankful to Dr. Ekram Fateen, Acting President of NRC for hosting and collaborating with its Science Circle on such an important educational initiative. The Commission was represented by Dr. Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University and a board member of the Commission, Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director of the Commission and Ms. Safaa Abbadi,  Commission’s Manager for Alumni Affairs.  Through these and other activities, the Commission’s Science Circle tries to bring Egyptian science to the level of better utilization of gained knowledge and expertise to educate younger generations.

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    Humanities Circle Conducts a Seminar, “Civic Education and Civic Engagement”, 5/26/2014

    On March 22, the Commission’s Humanities Circle in collaboration with Pharos University in Alexandria,

    conducted a seminar titled “Civic Education and Civic Engagement” where more than 100 faculty and students participated. The seminar included two sessions:  the first session featured presentations  that addressed the concept of civic education, its definition, inception, and various manifestations in school and university curricula and the second session titled ‘Civic Engagement’ addressed the “Community Engagement through Art” and “Empowering of Women.”  Speakers included:

    ·         Dr. Ghada Abdel Hafeez, Chairman, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Minia University who gave “An Introduction to Civic Education” tracing the definition of civic education from the Greeks to the present day and highlighting the concept’s universality in engaging society and the larger community.

    ·       Dr. Aleya Abdel Salam, Acting Chair of the English Department, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University,  talked on “Promoting Civic Education through University Curricula”  and focused on the promotion of civic education in the university classroom

    ·      Dr. Heba Sharobeem, Professor of English Literature, English Department, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University spoke about “Empowering Teachers to Circumvent Curricula and Enhance Civic Education at Schools” stressing the need to engage society in multiple roles and activities, but not at the expense of retaining and developing students’ individuality

    ·      Alexandrian artists, Mr. Ahmed Abul Nasr and Ms. Marianne Fahmy, spoke about their involvement in artistic projects to enhance the community involvement through art.

    ·      Ms. Khadiga Khashana, Former Director and Founder of Women’s Development Department, Alexandria Regional Center for Women’s Health and Development spoke about the Center’s efforts in empowering women in Alexandria

     

    The seminar is part of a two-day visit to Pharos University in Alexandria.  The second day of the visit included soft skills sessions to faculty and students. Several distinguished alumni and valuable members of the Humanities Circle contributed to the organization of the seminar, including Dr. Osama Madani (Study of U.S. Institute 2001), Chairman of the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Menoufia University, Dr. Heba Sharobeem, Professor of English Literature, Faculty of Education, Alexandria University and Dr. Mayy el Hayyawi (Stanford University  2010-2011), Assistant Professor, Faculty of Alsun, Ain Shams University and current Leader of  the Humanities Circle.   The Commission is thankful to Dr. Magda el Massik, Vice President for International Affairs, Pharos University for hosting the event and students from Alexandria University. Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the academic community.

     

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    Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum (EHAF) Conducts its Launch Conference, “Together for a New Egypt: Challenges of Transition”, 5/12/2014

    On February 7-8,the Commission’s  Egyptian Hubert Humphrey Alumni Forum conducted its launch conference titled “Together for a New Egypt:  Challenges of Transition.”  In the wake of a slow recovering economy and a country struggling through numerous challenges post its two revolutions, almost 60 participants convened to analyze current challenges confronting the country and debate solutions to propel it into a brighter future. Under the auspices of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, a group of nationally renowned experts, each a leading authority in her/his field addressed an audience of Humphrey alumni and Fulbright scholars who are keen to play a positive role in the development of their country.  The two day conference included two keynote speeches and six panel discussions. The first day proceeded as follows:

     

    ·         Keynote speech titled Egypt’s Political Challenges and the Way Forward was given by Prof. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University.  Dr. Lobna Reda, Humphrey Fellow 1987-1988, Leader, Egyptian Humphrey Alumni Forum gave an introduction to the speech.

    ·         Panel one addressed the “Economic Challenges, the Private Sector and the Way Forward.”  Panelists  included:  Mr. Tom Thomason, Chief Executive Officer, Egyptian Refining Company and Acting Chair, Board of Directors, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt and Dr, Omneia Helmy, Acting Executive Director and Director of Research, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.  This panel was chaired by Safaa Abbadi, Manager for Alumni Affairs, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.

    ·         Panel two addressed the “Rule of Law, Constitutional Challenges and the Way Forward.” Panelists included:  Dr. Ibrahim Omar El Ghazawi, Humphrey Fellow 2009-2010, Lecturer of Human Rights and Security Sector Reforms.  Dr. Tamer Raymon, Humphrey Fellow 2002-2003, Counselor in the Supreme Constitutional Court  chaired the panel.

    ·         Panel three addressed the “Health Challenges and the Way Forward.”  Panelists included:  Dr. Madiha Khattab, Professor of Internal Medicine and Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and Dr. Azza Shehab (University of California 2001-2002), Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical School, Minia University.  Dr. Rania Hassanein, Humphrey Fellow 2009-2010, TerumoBCT, Therapeutic Systems Sales Support Consultant chaired the panel.

     

    A talk about “The Tunisian Experience:  The Role of Civil Society” by Mr. Firas Chaieb, Guest Humphrey Fellow 1995-1996 from Tunisia, Senior Consulting Engineer, Energy Efficiency,  was a strong closing note for the first day underlining the essential role of the civil society in facing the communities’ challenges.

     

    The second day of the conference proceeded as follows:

     

    ·         Keynote speech titled “Educational Challenges and the Way Forward” was given by Dr. Lisa Anderson,  President, The American University in Cairo.  Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa, Executive Director,  Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt gave an introduction to the speech.

    ·         Mr. Hafez Al Mirazi, Director, Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, The American University in Cairo and TV Anchor gave a talk  about “Media Challenges and the Way Forward.” Judge Yussef Auf, Humphrey  Fellow  2011-2012, Judge and Constitutional Law Researcher, gave an introduction to the talk.

    ·         Panel four addressed the “Egyptian National Identity, Ethical Challenges and the Way Forward.” Panelists included:  Dr. Galal Amin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, The American University in Cairo and Amb. Moushira Khatab, Member of the Egyptian Council of Foreign Affairs and Chair of its Women in Foreign Policy Group and former Minister of Family and Population.  Ms. Mona Taha, Humphrey Fellow 2011-2012, Senior Media and Communication Specialist, Alexandria Business Association chaired the panel.

     

    A mentoring initiative was introduced by the conferences organizing committee on the second day of the conference addressing the challenges of return.   The committee’s members were Dr. Lobna Reda (Tufts University 1987-1988), Leader of the Forum and Freelance Management and Leadership Consultant,  Dr. Ibrahim El Ghazawi ( Minnesota University 2009-2010), Lecturer of Human Rights, Judge Yusuf Auf (American University 2011-2012), Judge and Constitutional Law Researcher, Ms. Mona Taha (Arizona University 2011-2012), Senior Media and Communication Specialist, Alexandria Business Association and Ms. Rania Hassanein (Emory University 2009-2010), TerumoBCT, Therapeutic Systems Sales Support Consultant.  In addition, the conference brought together alumni from other circles to contribute to the conference such as Amira Hegazy, alumna of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program ( Vassar College  2010-2011) who designed all the EHAF conference material utilizing the Egyptian kayamaya designs.  “The World Café” was the closing note of the conference that brought the six themes presented during the conference on the discussion table again with the aim of formulating a vision for each set of challenges.

     

    Thanks to the efforts of the HHH alumni and Commission staff, symbolic thank you kayamaya gifts were presented to showcase this important and disappearing Egyptian handicraft.  The Commission’s Board of Directors is thankful to the EHAF of the Commission and Commission’s staff  for achieving a successful implementation of the EHAF launch conference with its ambitious and hopeful agenda trying to outline a path for moving forward towards ‘ a New Egypt.’ Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the community.

     

     

     

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    , 3/10/2014

    Dr. Mary M. Christopher, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis, and an AY 2010-2011 Fulbright Alumna, is displaying a photography exhibit at the University of California - Davis in January- June 2014. The exhibit portrays the unique beauty and chaos of Egypt in a remarkable photo-journey that weaves a story of Egypt’s animals, veterinary medicine and people with ancient and modern Egyptian culture, politics and religion — amid the turmoil, uncertainty, and hope of the 2011 revolution. During her Fulbright grant, Dr. Christopher lectured at Alexandria University - Damanhour.  She holds a DVM degree from Iowa State University (1988) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1988), and has been a member of the UC - Davis faculty since 1999.  She is certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and contributes regularly to the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and other publications in her field. The Commission extends the warmest wishes to Dr. Christopher and congratulates her on the exhibit.

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    Egypt Fulbright Photography Exhibit, 3/10/2014

    Dr. Mary M. Christopher, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis, and an AY 2010-2011 Fulbright Alumna, is displaying a photography exhibit at the University of California - Davis in January- June 2014. The exhibit portrays the unique beauty and chaos of Egypt in a remarkable photo-journey that weaves a story of Egypt’s animals, veterinary medicine and people with ancient and modern Egyptian culture, politics and religion — amid the turmoil, uncertainty, and hope of the 2011 revolution. During her Fulbright grant, Dr. Christopher lectured at Alexandria University - Damanhour.  She holds a DVM degree from Iowa State University (1988) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1988), and has been a member of the UC - Davis faculty since 1994.  She is certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and contributes regularly to the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and other publications in her field. The Commission extends the warmest wishes to Dr. Christopher and congratulates her on the exhibit.

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    Humanities Circle Conducts Seminar, “Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes”, 12/24/2013

    On November 6, the Commission’s Alumni Humanities Circle conducted a seminar on: Religious Studies in Egypt: Present Challenges and Future Hopes. Both speakers of the seminar, Dr. Ibrahim El Hudhud, Vice President, Al Azhar University and Dr. Luka Basilious, Vice Dean, Care and Education Institute, addressed the academic study of religion in Egypt as manifested in its theories and teaching approaches. They also considered how these theories and approaches relate to the political and cultural strategies following the enhanced presence of religion in the Egyptian community scene post January 25 revolution and its role in affecting the society’s identity and culture. Several distinguished alumni contributed to the organization of the seminar hosted at the Villa, including, Dr. Osama Madani (Study of U.S. Institute 2001), the Circle’s Leader, Dr. Mayy el Hayyawi (Stanford University  2010-2011) and Dr. Shaza Gamal (Randolph Malon College 2012-2013). Through activities of the Commission’s Alumni Office, the Commission enhances its educational and cultural role in the academic community.

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    Science Circle Convenes 3rd Seminar, “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges: Young Innovators in Energy”, 6/13/2013

    The Commission’s Science Circle conducted the third of its seminars on “Fulbrighters Face Egypt’s Scientific Challenges” focusing on “Young Innovators in Energy.”  Co-hosted by the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo University, the seminar continued an initiative that begun in July 2011 at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications. The seminar aims to introduce a new “energy consciousness” culture to Egypt’s young future leaders and their communities. Students from Cairo and Helwan Universities and The American University in Egypt presented their projects that promote and utilize green, sustainable and high performance designs that protect available energy resources.  Approximately sixty faculty members and students joined the Fulbright Science Circle to address one of the most critical challenges of Egypt namely Energy.  The following Fulbright Alumnus formed a review panel for the student’s presentations:

    ·         Dr. Mahmoud Fouad (University of California – Berkley 1986-1987), Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Cairo University

    ·         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 current Leader of the Science Circle

    They were joined by a cooperating businessman, Eng. Amr Mohsen, Chairman and CEO of Lotus Solar Technologies, who represented the industrial and business community. Through these and other activities, the Commission’s Science Circle brings together Egyptian science and industry in addition to utilizing gained knowledge and expertise to educate younger generations.

     

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