Message from the Dean
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Students,
The past academic year has been extraordinarily challenging, and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives. Thus, I, first of all, convey my condolences and deep sympathy to those who lost loved ones, and wish a speedy recovery to those who are currently healing.
At the same time, I also feel compelled to express my great admiration for how you have come together in different times with a strong societal conscience, very much consistent with the basic tenants’ imperative to safeguarding the “Common Good,” which are paramount and embedded in the genealogy of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at AUC. Equally, you have resolutely confronted the numerous challenges of the pandemic, enabling us to achieve many of our organizational goals under a “new normal.” Consequently, I am confident as we look forward and welcome our new and returning students, faculty and staff for the academic year 2021-2022 with in-person teaching and on-campus operations.
As we gather again now, in recognition of your efforts I am proud to mention a few GAPP highlights from the previous academic year:
Committed to educating our communities, students, and beyond on global affairs, GAPP hosted seven Tahrir Dialogues/Webinars on a wide range of topics, from regional politics to social media and the global pandemic. Contributors were distinguished academics and high level practitioners, including Hala Zaid, Egyptian Minister for Health and Population, Mohamed Dayri , Jan Elliason, Yoriko Kwaguishi, former Foreign Ministers of Libya, Sweden, and Japan respectively; Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor of India; Alan Stoga, President of Tällberg Foundation; Lisa Anderson and Francis Ricciardone former and presiding Presidents of AUC, as well as Professor Shibley Telhami from University of Maryland, and Hedayat Heikal of Harvard Law School.
With the welfare of our students in mind, the “Meet the Dean” event for both undergraduate and graduate students was sustained to understand and accommodate their challenges during the prevailing circumstances. Alongside occurred a highly successful and engaging Alumni Event with wide participation, and commitments to serve as global supporters, and help generate scholarship funds for incoming students to GAPP, particularly under the “Pay It Forward” initiative.
The Public Policy Hub, the Executive Education unit, the Law and Society Research Unit, and the Kamal Adam Center for Television and Digital Journalism, amongst others, have bolstered academic and professional relations with the Egyptian Government and non-profit organizations through real time demand-driven projects and solutions.
Unwavering in its commitment to providing a top quality academic experience, GAPP was proud to once again receive commendation by international agencies for the quality of its programs. The Eduniversal, for example, has consistently ranked our MPA, MGA, LLM, and MA degree in Journalism and Mass Communication among the top master degree programs in the region. Moreover, our MPA and MPP programs have already received such external validation, triple accredited by the NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration), a preeminent US accreditation agency for public affairs education, the EAPAA (European Association of Public Administration Accreditation) and the ICAPA (International Commission on the Accreditation of Public Administration and Training Programs). In addition, the JRMC Department is considering filing accreditation applications with the ACEJMC (Accreditation Council on Education in Journal and Mass Communications) for its undergraduate programs later this academic year.
JRMC and the Adham Center programs have seen increased enrolment and their student achievements have been recognized internationally. The Migration and Refugees Studies Center has also seen an increase of local, regional, and international students and has been able to attract a significant increase in research grants. The Law department lecture series had an international audience on topics of international Law and Refugees, Transitional Justice, Capitalism and Poverty.
The Adham Center publishes Arab Media & Society, a peer-reviewed academic journal, and the first to be Scopus indexed at AUC. GAPP published regular policy briefs and discussion paper series on issues of global importance. The most recent policy brief (Issue 15, 2021) to be released, entitled COVID-19 Crisis in the Developing Countries: Some Critical Areas to Address . The School’s flagship publication, the Cairo Review which celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall with a special issue, continued to flourish online, creating synergies between global and Middle Eastern opinions (latest issue available on this link).
To complement its Jameel leadership fellowships, GAPP succeeded in generating new funds for scholarships for graduate studies. The Qalaa Holding, is offered to junior or mid-career diplomats and civil servants wishing to pursue MGA/MPA/MPP degrees (for details, check here). The Boutros Boutros-Ghali Endowed Fund for Global Affairs and Preventive Diplomacy supports Egyptian diplomats in pursuing an MGA degree (for details, click here). In addition, the US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Studies (NEA/AC) provides support to MENA students who are pursuing an MA degree in Refugee and Migration Studies under the Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) students program.
The 9th GAPP International Advisory Board (IAB) convened via Zoom, discussing numerous issues but most importantly focusing on a changing global paradigm. This year GAPP will organize events on teaching and research in global affairs in the post-pandemic era, including Deans of the Schools of Global Affairs in the Middle East and Africa regions as the school becomes the regional hub for global affairs education.
I look forward to meeting you all in-person on-campus soon, but make sure to take your vaccines and use your masks!
Founding Dean, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP)
The American University in Cairo
September 2, 2021