AUC is a not-for-profit institution and provides many services to the Egyptian
community in the form of research findings and direct contributions to solving various
community problems. AUC has been committed to the
development of Egypt since 1919. AUC's involvement in ambitious, large-scale national projects will enable Egypt and the region to make use of research results and available knowledge. It will also bridge the gap between
research and practice, and allow students to have a direct link to the
market and the community.
CSD concentrates on involving AUC in large national projects that can have a wide impact on the Egyptian community, and enable researchers and students to implement their research results, generating direct links to the real world. Additionally, student initiatives and pilot projects are developed at the grassroots level. In the CSD’s quest to serve the community and contribute to helping informal areas in Egypt overcome many of their problems, CSD is involved in ambitious, large-scale national projects that focus on educational and capacity-development activities and actions. Sustainable development requires an active, aware and socially conscious population, equipped with the tools to pursue positive change without long-term negative repercussions. Education for Sustainable Development Beyond the Campus (EduCamp) aims to promote ESD as a tool to face the challenges experienced in informal areas. EduCamp is the first initiative in Egypt to bring universities and schools together, creating a structured mechanism for the purpose of introducing ESD in public schools nationwide. Phase I and Phase II of this multiple-phase project hav already been completed and the phase is currently under implementation.
“Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.”
In addition to EduCamp, another initiative that CSD undertook to contribute to policy changes and therefore push an agenda with innovative approaches, the work in the Slum Development Working Group, unites faculty members from different AUC schools. Effectively turning research into comprehensive solutions to the grave challenges the country is facing is necessary for a university in the service of the public. The CSD wants to place AUC at the forefront of this endeavor.