Mr Miguel Moratinos delivered a lecture at BUE

The BUE welcomed Mr. Miguel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Former EU Special Envoy to the Middle East, UNSG Candidate for Alliance for Civilization and BUE Member of the board of trustees.

Mr. Moratinos held a meeting with Professor Ahmed Hamad, the President of the BUE, Professor Leslie Croxford, Senior Vice President for Learning & Teaching, Professor Wadouda Badran, Dean of the Faculty of BAEPS and Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem, Director of the Centre of Egypt and ME Studies. During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of opening channels of cooperation between the British University in Egypt and leading Universities in Spain.

Following the meeting, Mr Moratinos delivered an outstanding lecture to Political Science Students and BAEPS Staff entitled “Do Arabs still Consider Europe as a Strategic Ally?, where he pinpointed the historic relationship between the ME, the Arab world, and Europe and the importance of history in understanding present positions and diplomacy referring to the ups and downs in their relationship throughout history. He also highlighted the Islamic contributions to Europe. Mr. Moratinos added that the Future of Arab and European relationship is integral and cannot be weakened or separated asking both to work together toward a consolidated foreign policy that serves their common interests in various aspects whether in the socio-economic fields or the security level. Mr. Moratinos was glad to receive questions from the students who showed great interest in the topic of the lecture.

It is worth mentioning that the event was organized by the Centre of Egypt and ME studies headed by Ambassador Dr .Mahmoud Karem and in collaboration with the Department of Political Science under the Supervision of Professor Wadouda Badran, Dean of the Faculty of BAEPS


Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Egypt, Visits the BUE

On November 12, 2017, the BUE welcomed HE Ambassador Sibille De Cartier D'yves, the Belgian Ambassador to Egypt. At the outset , Ambassador de Cartier held a meeting with Mr. Farid Khamis, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BUE, Prof. Ahmed Hamad, BUE President, Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem, Director of the Centre for Egypt and ME Studies, Vice Presidents and Deans. During the meeting, Ambassador de Cartier highlighted the historic relationship between Egypt and Belgium, the strong friendship between both countries and expressed the willingness of Belgium companies in Egypt to boost investment in the country. She also welcomed the suggestion introduced by the Chairman of the BOT to open channels of cooperation between the British University in Egypt and leading universities in Belgium as a gateway to broaden the collaboration between both countries in the educational sector especially that both countries have succeeded in solidifying their partnership in trade & Industry and other vibrant sectors of the economy as well as foreign trade and foreign direct investment. The Chairman of the BOT offered five fully paid scholarships to Belgian Students and encouraged professor and students exchange programs, as well as holding an international conference on promoting higher education as a means of cooperation between both nations.
Following the meeting, HE Ambassador de Cartier delivered a lecture to Political Science Students entitled “Egypt-Belgium Bilateral Relations,” where she demonstrated the solid bilateral ties with Egypt in all sectors and that many Belgium companies operate in Egypt. She also referred to the cultural exchange between both countries pinpointing the relation between Egypt and EU on the socio economic level. The ambassador was glad to receive comments and questions from the students and answered them all in a two hours meeting.
The visit was concluded by a campus tour to the Library and the school and labs of Dentistry where she exhibited genuine admiration for the digital state of the art library and the newest equipments in the dental hospital.


Ambassador James Moran Second Visit to the BUE

On his second visit to the BUE, HE Ambassador James Moran, Former Head of European Delegation to Egypt and BUE Board member held a fruitful meeting with Prof. Ahmed Hamad, BUE President, Vice Presidents, Deans and Amb. Dr Mahmoud Karem, Advisor to the BUE President for International Affairs and Head of CEMES, where they discussed key topics such as research and ways to boost cooperation between the British University in Egypt and the EU fundraising Programs. Amb. Moran has also expressed his willingness to support the BUE to open channels with major EU institutes in the field of Education.

During the meeting, Ambassador Moran and Amb Karem agreed to solidify cooperation between the Centre for Egypt and ME studies, BUE and the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels headed by Amb. James Moran. The cooperation shall encompass joint activities between the two centres. It is worth mentioning that Amb. Moran highly praised the BUE excellent role in higher learning, research, quality education and teaching


Political Science Students attending the Nuclear Forum for NextGen Engagement on WMD Disarmament and Peaceful Nuclear Uses

Under the guidance of Dr. Mahmoud Karem, a number of BUE political science students were selected to participate on the Nuclear Forum- Cairo Session on October 3rd-4th, 2017. The Forum was organized by the Arab Institute for Security Studies, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Pugwash of Egypt, and the U.S. Nuclear Threat Institute under the auspices and participation of the Arab League at the Egyptian Diplomatic Club. The main agenda of the Forum was introduce and discuss the prospects “Towards a NextGen group of experts on security and WMD issues”.
The Forum was organised to familiarise students and participants on the Non-Proliferation Treaty, history of nuclear disarmament (technical, diplomatic and political efforts) and key organsations concerned with the process. The platform for knowledge-sharing and dialogue on the Forum was essentially an insightful experience as panelists were government advisors, diplomats, researchers and policymakers. This facilitated students’ capacity to learn on topics and issues from different perspectives and experiences. Students demonstrated their interest by asking questions to understand technical aspects of nuclear facilities’ construction and maintenance, nuclear waste management, and resources management and sustainability of nuclear energy projects. Moreover, they exhibited their engagement with the discussions by reflecting on the provided technical knowledge and relating it to policy issues e.g. urban planning, infrastructure and social services to workers on nuclear energy facilities.
Other policy issues raised by students developed based on their readings of current international events and in light of panel discussions such as the panel on ‘export restrictions’. Specifically, students were interested to know Arab League’s efforts disarmament and Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions to be accepted by non-signatory states.

Moreover, panelists stressed to students that peaceful uses of nuclear energy go beyond an alternative to electricity. Such uses brought to students attention re agricultural and medicinal.  Students were further introduced to critical concepts emerging in the present-time debate such as ‘nuclear security’ and ‘nuclear safety’. Illustrated by the questions raised on their behalf, panelists engaged in clarifying what these concepts stand for and their value to policy-making, and research considerations. Panelists were keen on taking and addressing students’ questions. Most questions were particularly through the panels on: “Treaty on prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”, “Peaceful uses of nuclear energy”, and “Nuclear security and fuel cycle”.
Dr. Mahmoud Karem reiterated the centrality of NextGen forums and participation in giving youth the know-hows and avenues to shape and secure a peaceful nuclear age.

The Saudi Cultural Attaché, Dr. Khaled el Nany’s visit to the BUE

In the light of the strong ties between Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of education, the British University in Egypt hosted the Saudi Cultural attaché, Dr. Khaled el Nany and his Deputy, Mr. Abdullah Hamad, on Wednesday the 14th of June 2017. The guests were welcomed by Professor Ahmed Hamad the BUE President, Professor Yehia Bahie El Din the BUE Vice President for Research and post graduate studies, Deans of the Faculties and Dr. Mahmoud Karem, Advisor for International Affairs and Head of CEMES. During the visit, BUE President Professor Ahmed Hamad briefed on BUE’s vision and stressed upon the importance of education. He also pinpointed the University’s efforts to serve the students of various Arab countries as Egypt will always remain the educational gateway for all the Arabs. Dr. Khaled el Nany and his Deputy, Mr. Abdullah Hamad concluded their visit with a campus tour. They expressed admiration with the state of the art facilities and highlighted that this visit shall pave the way for fruitful collaboration with the British University in Egypt.