The Department of Management was named the top AUC department for furthering research and creativity by the Research and Creativity Convention (RCC).
The department’s first-place ranking in the first-ever RCC Award for the Disciplines presents a great illustration of the student-centered ingenuity at the heart of its every activity. Winning the award, which was open to all departments across AUC, allowed the department to obtain a $25,000 grant to further nurture research and innovation within its parameters.
"The Department of Management's RCC success is a perfect manifestation of the collaborative innovation that has always been at its core,” stated School of Business Dean Sherif Kamel. “The AUC School of Business has always taken great pride in allowing its students to turn their ideas into a tangible reality. The RCC award is both a source of pride and a challenge that we are very willing to take on from this perspective. We have no doubt that the department and its students will always raise the bar, lead by example and take the School to the next level."
Chair of the Department of Management Aliaa Bassiouny noted that the award represents a recognition of the joint desire within both faculty and students to have a long-lasting societal impact. “I am happy that our department has been recognized for our collective efforts to enhance our student output in our various courses,” she said. “Through an applied and experiential teaching pedagogy, the Department of Management aims to develop entrepreneurial and responsible business leaders who strive to leave an impact on society and who are life-long learners and critical thinkers."
Leading the charge behind the RCC recognition was a faculty committee that was chaired by Assistant Professor Neveen Ahmed and also included professors Nellie El Enany, Hamed Shamma, Mohga Badran and Rania Samir. The group was tasked with demonstrating faculty leadership, interdisciplinary connection and student achievements within the last year. The wide range of activities – from research to entrepreneurship to School-sponsored extracurricular activities – presented a strong portfolio that ultimately convinced RCC to give the inaugural award to the management department in RCC’s award ceremony in April.
“We don’t just have a range of activities that we do; we also have depth in all of them,” explained El Enany. “It’s not just that one of us does an activity or initiative with students; it’s lots of faculty doing lots of things at the same time. Central to the application was that whatever we do, it is [always] student-centered with the aim of student development, growth, education and creativity.”
The department has pledged that it will use the RCC grant to contribute to the formation of a student-led hub; the goal of which would be to get undergraduate students involved with research, case studies, activities and creative endeavors – with faculty providing key support when needed. The hands-on learning opportunities that will be provided are hoped to present a solid platform for students to experiment and grow through a structure that provides a wholesome mix of theory and practice.