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School of Business Graduate Honors Assembly Spring 2017

AUC School of Business honors 36 graduate students during spring 2017 Graduate Honors Assembly

Aug 21, 2017

The Graduate Honors Ceremony for exemplary master’s students from the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business was held on June 5, 2017 at Moataz Al Alfi Hall in the AUC New Campus. The event celebrated students graduating in both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, and served as a natural precursor to their summer graduation ceremony.  

Thirty six students of various master’s disciplines within the school were honored during the festivities. The ceremony also served as a chance to celebrate distinguished faculty whose tireless work has had tangible impact on the school and its students, and successful school alumni for laudable business successes post-graduation. This year’s Faculty Appreciation Award was given out to assistant professor at the Department of Economics, Samer Atallah, while the Distinguished Alumni Award was handed to Master of Business Administration (MBA) alum, Magued Sherif. 

Atallah joined the university in 2011 after obtaining his PhD from McGill University. His evident quality of work has previously allowed him to represent the school internationally as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Center in Paris in 2014 and at Stanford University in 2016.

Sherif, for his part, has achieved an equally esteemed level of success since obtaining his graduate degree from AUC. His well-established career currently has him as the Managing Director of Egyptian real estate behemoth SODIC. He previously worked as the Egypt Country Head and Properties Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Properties, the General Manager and Senior Vice President of Palm Hills Developments and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Hyde Park Properties for Development.

If the Graduate Honors Ceremony was anything to go by, this year’s batch of graduates from the AUC School of Business appears well on its way to achieving similar successes in the future. Along with deserved celebrations with their families, honored students utilized the ceremony to look back on what they’ve learned throughout their time at AUC. The instantaneous real-life business benefits granted by the various master’s programs available at the school were a prominent topic for discussion.

“I believe that the diverse courses taught at AUC as well as the excellent faculty at the university have enabled me to enhance my research and critical thinking skills,” Master of Arts in economics student, Hoda El-Abbadi, asserted. “I believe that I can now better reflect on the economic problems facing Egypt.”

MBA student, John Fahim, was likewise pleased with his personal development and aptly summarized prevailing sentiments by stating: “The knowledge that I gained has helped me a lot at work. Despite the fact that going through the MBA program was stressful, it was still one of the best things that happened in my life.”

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For pictures of the ceremony, click here.