With the Pope in Egypt, Debate on Al-Azhar’s Role

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Apr 2017 / Opinion

In the wake of Coptic church bombings, educators are reflecting on what role universities, including Al-Azhar, the beacon of Sunni Islam, might have in teaching tolerance—or intolerance.

Egyptian Universities Abuse Disciplinary Codes to Squeeze Student Freedoms

Mahmoud Shalabi / 14 Apr 2017 / Opinion

Egyptian universities are meting out punishments that far outweigh student infractions in an apparent attempt to keep a tight lid on student activism, the author says.

Traveling With The Respect You Deserve

Maha Bali / 07 Apr 2017 / Opinion

An Egyptian academic reflects on how people react to her when she travels and on the latest indignity, the U.K. and U.S. laptop ban.

Three Different Academic Experiences: Which Is the Best?

Ahlam Mustafa / 21 Mar 2017 / Opinion

The writer compares her experience of three different academic systems in three different countries.

Can MOOCs Be Women’s Entryway into STEM?

Maha Bali, Patrice Torcivia Prusko / 07 Mar 2017 / Opinion

MOOCS could be a second (or first) chance for many women to enter STEM careers. But can the courses be designed to encourage that?

An Essay on Teaching: Designing Assessments, Part 2

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 17 Feb 2017 / Opinion

In the second part of their essay, the authors discuss feedback, growth and attitude towards failure.

Academic Freedom in Egypt Needs More Vocal Support

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 07 Feb 2017 / Opinion

A writer calls for a unified approach to support academic freedom in Egypt.

An Essay on Teaching: How to Design Assessments

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 04 Feb 2017 / Opinion

Ideas from a faculty workshop at the American University in Cairo encourage fresh thinking about supporting student progress.

A Summer Course That Shaped My Way of Thinking

Sabah Hamamou / 10 Jan 2017 / Opinion

An Egyptian journalist recalls a program that helped her think in new ways and reflects on the connection between education and social progress.

How Egypt’s Currency Plunge Trapped a University

Mai Shams El-Din / 13 Dec 2016 / Opinion

The chief financial officer of the American University in Cairo explains how a financial event the institution planned for still wound up making life harder for everyone involved.