CAIRO—The American University in Cairo is preparing for big changes this fall when a new president, Ahmed S. Al-Dallal, will take office and students will return to its campuses after more than a year and a half of distance learning since the Covid-19 shutdowns began.
“We are very excited about Dr. Dallal’s presidency and his plans to push a new comprehensive strategy to enhance the university’s social and educational position,” Ehab Abdel-Rahman, the university’s provost, said in an interview held in his office on AUC’s New Cairo campus.
Al-Dallal will take office on October 15, becoming the first Arab president to lead the institution.
As the university’s chief academic officer, Abdel-Rahman said he was holding weekly e-meetings with Al-Dallal to determine the features of the new strategy, in addition to meeting periodically with professors to solicit their views on conditions at the institution, which has witnessed many crises during the past year, especially between faculty members and the administration. (See a related article, “Triple Threat: Administrator, Teacher, Researcher.”)
Back to Campus
During the interview, Abdel-Rahman confirmed that AUC was returning to in-class instruction this fall. “After more than a year and a half of remote teaching due to the epidemic, study will return to its normal system,” he said. At the same time, he stressed that the university was taking safety precautions, such as “adhering to the rules of social distancing, wearing masks, and ensuring that all students and professors get the vaccine.”