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School of Business Welcomes Ragui Assaad as Distinguished Visiting Professor

The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business is delighted to announce the arrival of Ragui Assaad as a distinguished visiting professor (DVP) during the 2017-18 Academic Year.

Aug 27, 2017

The AUC School of Business is pleased to host Ragui Assaad as a DVP in the Department of Economics for the span of the upcoming academic year.

Assaad is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, a top 10 public affairs school in the United States where he chairs the Global Policy area and co-chairs the Master of Development Practice programme. He has been a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo since 1994, and currently serves as its thematic leader for Labor and Human Resource Development and as a member of its board of trustees.  He is also a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. 

His current research focuses on inequality of opportunity in education, international migration and unemployment dynamics. His notable track record firmly places him as one of the leading scholars across the globe in the fields of labour markets and human resource development in the MENA region. At Humphry School, he has received the “Teacher of the Year” award a staggering five times.

Through leading one undergraduate course on feasibility studies and one graduate research workshop course, Assaad is expected to greatly contribute to the enhancement of the overall research environment, capacity building and joint publications and research funding for the AUC School of Business. During his stay, he will also lead a recurring faculty research symposium that facilitates the presentation of research and its development through constructive criticism.

Assaad’s proven international credentials and vast experience is set be a true coup for the Department of Economics in more ways than one. His arrival continues the School of Business’s strive for incorporating internationally renowned faculty within its operations. DVPs are a huge part of that. Their presence not only adds fresh perspectives into the heart of the education, but also incorporates new areas of focus into the School’s curricula.