The American University in Cairo is considered to be the top educational institution in the MENA region, and within the African continent; concerning its numerous accreditation, educational endeavors, and preparing its students for world class leadership.
Maintaining its diversity regarding its curriculum, and attraction to international students has proven to be a challenge for this institution. However, as open-mindedness, creativity, and vision become key tools for establishing innovating and groundbreaking studies, so does the discovery for new epistemology, centered around African and African Diasporic studies.
Recent developments, and interest in African studies, and its connection to the American University in Cairo, have arisen. The many semesters and years of promotion of African culture and celebration on campus from organizations such as Project Sankofa (who hosted an African/African Diasporic Film Festival), BSA (Black Student Association), the GSA’s (Graduate Student Association) trip to Luxor and Aswan, the SRC Nubian-Ethnological Survey in the Rare Books and Special Collections Archival Libraries, an “African Religion” course in the Department of History, African Fellowships, STAR (Students Taking Action for Refugees), and past Black, African students, who worked passionately (with a few Egyptian student allies and staff, German and American professors) to promote the cultural aesthetics of the Black African and Diasporic communities, and its relevance to Egypt, seems to be paying off in a huge way.
From anthropology, sociology, the study of Oral her/history traditions, literature, technology, history, religion, theater/musical arts (the first performance of an African play on AUC’s campus, “Ruined,” by Lynn Nottage being directed by Mostafa Khalil in accordance with HEYA:UN Women in the Spring of 2014), visual arts, dance, and others, the opportunities for connecting African and African Diasporic studies to the work of local communities in Cairo, to the University, academic level are limitless. Connecting this new development to different levels; thereby, revealing a communal development in groundbreaking African research at the American University in Cairo.
The numerous activities, developed and organized at the American University in Cairo have all come together to share possible opportunities to connect research, academia, student/faculty, organizational work, and others, with other universities on the continent and the Americas. Showing the power, magnitude, and relevance of African research in Egypt.