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Alexandria University President Dr. Essam El-Kurdi recently received Mr. John Casson, Britain's ambassador in Cairo and Wendy Freeman Britain's consul general in Alexandria. The visit aims to support the relations and promote cooperation between the two sides in the scientific and academic areas of common interest as well as increasing scientific exchange and benefit from experiences. 

In the meeting, the Rector statedthat there is ongoing cooperation between AU and British universities through scholarships provided within the Newton-Musharafa program as a partnership between the Ministry of Higher Education and British Council. The cooperation programsallowtravel for young researchers to study for master's and PhD degrees in British universities. He indicated that the University priorities includes the development of academic programs for both undergraduate and graduate studies and updating the curriculum, as well as the development of research activities to comply with the industry requirements and problems.

The British ambassador commended on the activity Arabic Education Center in the Faculty of Arts and its role in the presentation of Arabic culture and language to foreigners.The ambassador also stressed his country's keenness on achieving partnership between the two sides in order to ensure quality standards in higher education and to achieve the objective of cooperation between Egypt and UK.

The meeting was attended by, AU vice president for Education and Student AffairsDr. Hisham Gaber.

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Alexandria Governor Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Alexandria University President Dr. Essam El-Kurdy and Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar the President of Arab Academy for Science and Technology opened the international workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities. The workshop was held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and organized by Alexandria University in collaboration with the AAS, University of Alabama and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In his speech during the opening ceremony, Dr. Essam El-Kurdy stated that the importance of Smart Sustainable Cities is growing while Egypt will establish several new smart cities as well as improve the quality of life and services in the existing cities. AU president added that this workshop is an important step toward strengthening relations with the University of Alabama in addition to cooperation in various disciplines to establishPhD programs in fields of biomedicine and civil engineering.

Dr. Kurdy pointed out the university keenness to increase cooperation with international universities and research institutions to fund scientific research in the framework of achieving excellence of Alexandria University and community service.

Dr. Mohammed Sultan said that Alexandria city faces many challenges, such as infrastructure, health and education, but its scientists and researchers can meet those challenges.

Dr. Fouad Helmi, the Professor at the University of Alabama- USA said that the workshop aims at experiences and ideas exchange to find solutions for the problems facing old cities such as congestion. He added that civil engineering couldcreate better cities with the fundamentals that make the city smart with livable buildings and expanded green areas. He also said that the city of Alexandria is a center of knowledge in the areas of science and medicine, architecture, geography, as well as it hashistoric buildings and palaces.

Dr. Nasser Darwish the scientific coordinator and professor at Faculty of Engineering said that the workshop discussed over three days the impact of smart and sustainablecities on citizen life and health and the quality of human life socially andeconomically.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Rushdy zahran, the former President of AU, faculty deans and representatives fromconcerned ministries, agencies companies.

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Alexandria Governor Dr. Mohamed Sultan and AU President Dr. Essam El-Kurdy opened the HD Magnetic Resonance Unit in the main university hospital on Thursday 4th of May 2017. The unit has two magnetic devices of 3 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla with total cost of 3 million dollars.

The new unit is opened within AU efforts to respond to the requirements of education, research and the medical service in Alexandria. The event was attended by Dr. Hasan Nadir the former president of AU, Dr. Ahmed Othman the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and faculty members.

Dr. Adel Ramadan head of Diagnostic Radiology Section declared that the new unit is a great add with new devices that can treat heavy patients. He added that it is the first time to operate such modern devices in the Egyptian universities.

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Alexandria University Council headed by the University President Dr. Essam El-Kurdy during its last session approved the proposal of accepting 21,424 students in the coming academic year (2017-2018). The university accepts the students who have obtained general secondary certificate or equivalent. The council also approved accepting 646 students in university faculties in Matrouh branch.

The Council discussed faculties' preparations for exams and emphasized taking all necessary precautions for the exams.

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Alexandria University president Dr. Essam El-Kurdy received Mr. Harry Hienze the Regional Director of the English education program HEEAP under the project of HOPES funded by the EU. The meeting was held on Thursday 4 May 2017 where the two sides signed cooperation agreements to implement English courses and training courses on study skills in AU starting from coming year 2017/2018. The agreed plan targets Syrian students to improve their English language and develop their skills to be qualified for grants and scholarships so that they can rebuild their country Syria.

The agreement signing was attended by Dr. Nancy Fanous the Education Consultant of HOPES program in Egypt, Dr. Nehad Mansour the Manager of Language Studies Institute in the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Naglaa Abu Agag, Dr Ibrahim El Faham and Dr. Mohamed Faouzy.