AUC to celebrate inauguration of its first ever Arab president Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Oct 2021

The American University in Cairo (AUC) will celebrate on Monday the inauguration of Lebanese American scholar Ahmed Dallal as its first Arab president throughout its 102-year-long history.

Ahmad Dallal
Ahmad Dallal, the AUC s 13 president (Photo courtesy of Georgetown University)

The AUC named Dallal, a former provost at the American University in Beirut (AUB) and a professor at many universities in the US, as its 13th president last June.

Egyptian government officials, local and international dignitaries and businessmen, as well as university presidents in Egypt and the region will attend the inauguration.

This is in addition to the AUC’s Board of Trustees, students, staff, and former presidents and faculty members.

Dallal is an engineer, a former dean of Georgetown University in Qatar, and also a prominent scholar of Islamic studies, with many publications in this field.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the AUB and his MA, MPhil, and PhD in Islamic studies from Columbia University.

He has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and publications, as well as several books.

Established in 1919, the AUC has been among the top-ranking universities in the Arab World, ranking first in Egypt and second in Africa, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

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