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New AUC Campus Helps Egypt

AUC was first established in 1919 in downtown Cairo, this part of the busy city was known for its ancient artifacts and beautiful environment surrounding the campus but due to the rapidly growing population and the narrow streets and since most of the population concentration is located in central Cairo and Giza it was very difficult to maintain a smooth flow of traffic around the university campus, this caused many problems to the students, professors and even to the public, it was impossible to sustain proper class timing. Also the pollution became intense in this area due to the very large number of vehicles. Also the fact that many of the government's headquarters are located in this area caused even further complications. All these difficulties made the university board consider moving to a new campus in a place more suitable not only to make it easier for the students and the professors but also to help decrease the over crowded streets in this part of Cairo. After long discussions and debates the board reached the conclusion that they should move to a more suitable, newer area. The decision was reached to build a new, bigger more advanced campus in new Cairo which is a city newly formed and considered as an extension to the capital. It is located south east of Cairo, with the new city’s vast areas and facilities it was able to attract a very large number of business and schools to re-open there. With AUC leading by taking this huge step of moving out, not only did it serve the public in this crowded part of Cairo by decreasing the pressure on this area but it also leaded other universities to do the same and encouraged many businesses to open in this new area and also investors were stimulated and started building huge resorts, houses and living areas. This all was a great step in helping diverse the Egyptian population in new areas. The new AUC campus also was a great positive to the university's capabilities and facilities. The larger space of the new campus enabled a lot more, now AUC has enough space to build more labs and better classes and larger lecture halls and conference rooms; this opened a door of opportunities to the university to expand its teaching programs, and research programs now not only will it now be able to accept more student but AUC is now able to introduce medical school and pharmaceutical school, and in the very near future these schools will be established. AUC’s new campus is also environmentally friendly this is a great positive in helping our country decrease its greenhouse gas emissions. The over all view is that AUC's step towards moving into new Cairo created life in an area once people knew as the desert and transformed it into a new place full of life for the good of our country.
By:
Beshoy Tarek Malaty and Hussein Mohamed

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Hi Beshoy and Hussein,

Thanks for your blog entry. I was curious to know what the community in the area, in which the advanced campus of AUC was built in, was like prior to the large migration of universities and businesses. One issue we face in many urban communities in United States is gentrification where a community is taken over to be redeveloped (i.e. condos, businesses, universities are built) and the local residents are eventually forced to move out because of things like the cost of living becoming unaffordable (rent, property tax, house prices, etc all increase). I'm curious as to what is the relationship with people who were living in this area before and now with the university itself.

Thanks for your detailed history of AUC! I enjoyed reading it!

Hi Beshoy and Hassein,

Thank you for your blog. That is so cool that you like the new location! It's also very exciting that the new AUC will be able to start a medical and pharmaceutical school. What is the climate like there? I noticed you said it used to be a desert. I've never been in a desert, what is it like? What is Cairo like? Are there a lot of different kinds of people? How do people dress? What kinds of food do people eat? Was anyone against moving AUC to new Cairo?

Thanks,

Natalia Birgisson

Hi Beshoy and Hassein,

Thank you for your blog entry. I am very excited to hear about the university's move to a new location. I believe the new focus on the environment in the university is really great. It not only promotes good citizenship, but it is also conforming to the new trend. The global market definitely has an appetite for new green technology and solutions, and I believe the university's focus on the environment will foster an entrepreneurial spirit in this area. I hope you will all enjoy the new campus.

BR,
David

I love this blog entry and how it gives insight into a country and university that had once been completely unknown to me. The entry smacks of a historian with the way it begins by recounting facts and that establishes its ethos, making the argument for the change of campus sound indisputable. The numerous difficulties of the old campus and the problems faced by Cairo itself invest the reader in the controversy and paint an emotional picture that employs a pathos appeal; namely the hardship of the students and surrounding population would end if the university changed campuses. Interestingly, the rhetorical arguments for switching campuses suggest current kairos supporting environmental friendliness and social awareness. Overall it was engaging to read and learn about your university!

Thanks,
Ricky Davila

I was a real estate agent in FL and witnessed this on a mass scale but I have to agree with Irene, some of these developments result gentrification. Now I'm living in the Philippines and I notice this as a world wide trend.
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Thank you for your blog. That is so cool that you like the new location! It's also very exciting that the new AUC will be able to start a medical and pharmaceutical school. What is the climate like there? I noticed you said it used to be a desert. I've never been in a desert, what is it like? What is Cairo like? Are there a lot of different kinds of people? How do people dress? What kinds of food do people eat? Was anyone against moving AUC to new Cairo?

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