Cairo, February 4, 2018 – The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) hosted its annual awards dinner to celebrate the 26th graduating class of the master’s in Television and Digital Journalism program. Director of the Center, Hussein Amin, delivered the keynote address welcoming attendees, the graduating class, and their families and friends. H.E. Tarek Shawki, Egyptian Minister of Education also delivered a speech on the importance of media in society.
Amin also recognized this year’s guest of honor, veteran broadcaster Isaad Younis, for a lifetime of achievement in the fields of media, film and broadcast journalism. Younis addressed the graduating class with words of advice as they prepare to venture into the field of broadcast journalism after completing their studies at the Adham Center. She also talked about the importance of media platforms in encouraging local industries to compete with their foreign counterparts, especially in times of economic hardship.
The graduating class then received their certificates and awards from H.E. Shawki and Hussein Amin. Their capstone projects, consisting of video reports on various current affairs topics, were screened for the esteemed guests, families, and friends.
The event, held in AUC’s Oriental Hall, was well attended by public figures, media professionals and academics, as well as government representatives. Guests included President of the National Council for Women Maya Morsy, Mostafa El Feki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, prominent TV presenters Amr El Shinnawi and Salma El Shamma’, and Scriptwriter Medhat El Adl. Assistant Secretary General and Head of Media Department for League of Arab States Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazala, Director of the Communication and Social Media Sector for the League of Arab States Hanaa Serour, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abou Zeid, Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at AUC Naila Hamdy, as well as Professor of Practice Mervat Abo Ouf, Assistant Professors Rasha Allam and Hesham Dinana were also in attendance. Other guests included media entrepreneur Moody El Hakeem, radio presenter Marwa Shatla and Journalist and Founder of Arab Media Group Sabry Ghoneim. President of the International Academy for Engineering and Media Science and former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities Salwa El Ghareeb, Head of News Sector at ERTU Khaled Mehana, US Embassy’s Press Attaché Maxwell Stoneman, Dean of School of Mass Communication at MTI University Samy El Sherif. Adham Center Founder Professor Emeritus Abdallah Schleifer and former Adham Center director Hafez Al Mirazi were also present.
Media coverage included: OnLive, MBC Masr, CBC Extra