The 100 Years Campaign is aiming to not only celebrate the past, but the present and future, too.
It's 2019, a whole century after Egypt's first private, English-language university was officially established. Throughout the decades that followed, it became one of Egypt and the region's biggest higher-education institutions, graduating generations of change-makers in Egypt and the world, and now they're celebrating their 100th birthday in a year-long bash by launching one of their biggest campaigns yet.
On February 9th, AUC took the first steps of what will be a whole year of centennial festivities, by inviting some of its most esteemed alumni to celebrate a remarkable 100 years at the inauguration ceremony of Tahrir Cultural Centre, kicking off the 100 Years Campaign and with it a string of special events that in Egypt and across the world.
The centennial campaign commenced with a spectacular video featuring a whole host of AUC alumni; from ministers Queen Rania of Jordan, Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike, ministers Rania Al Mashat and Sahar Nasr, to recording artists Hisham Abbas and Mahmoud El Esseily; from actors Asser Yassin and Amina Khalil, to TV stalwarts, Lamees El Hadidi and Mona El Shazly; from adventurer and mountaineer Omar Samra, to Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Nicholas Kristof, Lawrence Wright and Thomas Friedman – AUC’s list of alumni reads like a who’s who of some of the most successful, impactful and influential figures in Egypt and the Middle East.But these figures represent just a fraction of the success stories that can be found in the university’s 40,000-plus alumni, which is why they’re inviting one and all to share their stories, too. The university is inviting alumni to continue the AUC legacy by sharing a one-minute video talking about their success story and nominating three fellow AUC-ians to do the same, while using the already viral #AUC100 hashtag.
“This is a moment of reflection, not just on a legacy rich in achievements and remarkable accomplishments,” AUC President Francis Ricciardone told attendees at the inauguration. “It is also a moment of ambition, of inspiration, of realization that the next 100 years hold even greater promise and boundless potential.”
The Tahrir Cultural Centre is also in line with AUC’s commitment to arts, a sentiment shared by another esteemed attendee, Naguib Sawiris.
“Art and cultural activities are key to positive transformations in the Egyptian community,” he said on stage. “I believe that it will mark the beginning of another exceptional centennial for AUC.”
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