University of London International Programmes to be Taught at the American University in Cairo

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The American University in Cairo is to offer study programmes for the University of London International Programmes and, in doing so, it will help increase the range of programmes available for graduate students in the region. Following a student recruitment drive from January 2011, the following programmes will be offered in Cairo: • the Diploma for Graduates in the fields of Information Systems and the Diploma in Banking with academic direction from the London School of Economics and, • the Postgraduate Certificate/and or the Postgraduate Diploma in International Management with academic direction from Royal Holloway.

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In a move towards a student driven education system, I believe that our programmes have and will add to the diversity of the study programmes being offered in this region and promote internationalisation.

The American University in Cairo is to offer study programmes for the University of London International Programmes and, in doing so, it will help increase the range of programmes available for graduate students in the region.

The announcement was made today (11 November) in Cairo by Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the University of London International Programmes. Professor Kydd said he was pleased to be working with the Management Center at The American University in Cairo, in making these programmes available for the region.

Following a student recruitment drive from January 2011, the following programmes will be offered in Cairo:

  •     the Diploma for Graduates in the fields of Information Systems and the Diploma in Banking with academic direction from the London School of Economics and,
  •     the Postgraduate Certificate/and or the Postgraduate Diploma in International Management with academic direction from Royal Holloway.

Professor Kydd said that, following major government reforms in macro-economic policy, Egypt will now attract greater foreign investment with the higher education sector playing a key role in supporting this development.

He added: “In a move towards a student driven education system, I believe that our programmes have and will add to the diversity of the study programmes being offered in this region and promote internationalisation.

“Our programmes will also go some way towards meeting the recommendations of the recent report carried out by the World Bank and the OCDE (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), which advocated a more outward looking and flexible higher education system for Egypt which must be responsive to the needs of the local labour market. The American University in Cairo is taking steps to do this and I wish them success with this venture.”

Of the benefits, Professor Kydd said: “Not only will our students benefit personally by equipping themselves with essential knowledge through internationally recognised programmes but they will also be contributing to the national economy, which will benefit employers enormously”.

Mr. Amr Hamdy, the Management Center Director said: “ We at the Management Center of the School of Business of the American University in Cairo are delighted to be working with the University of London to offer programmes which provide graduates in Egypt and the region with the latest knowledge in the fields of International Management, Banking and Information Systems. This partnership is one of many, where the Management Center engages to offer a diversified set of programmes to cater for the different business needs of professionals in our markets in Egypt and the Region.”    

Notes to Editors

The Programmes on offer through the American University in Cairo.

  •     The Diplomas for Graduates, with academic direction from the LSE, requires students to complete four units of study. Students at the American University in Cairo will be able to study either Information Systems or Banking. This award is aimed at graduates, who may wish to acquire and demonstrate vocational skills in the workplace and beyond, or use it for progression into postgraduate study.
  •      The Postgraduate Certificate/and or the Postgraduate Diploma in International Management offers cutting-edge and topical new areas which encourage students to address the more diverse challenges of the global business environment. These programmes offer the opportunity to work towards the AMBA- accredited MBA.

The University of London International Programmes

  •     The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the United Kingdom.
  •     The University’s founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
  •     In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System, known as the University of London International Programmes with effect from 1 August 2010.
  •     The University of London International Programmes is a unique global network of 50,000 students on more than 100+ study programme that can be found in nearly every country around the globe.
  •     The University of London International Programmes, during its time as the External System, has been instrumental in the formation of British higher education – all English and Welsh universities founded between 1849 and 1949 offered University of London degrees before obtaining Royal Charters to award their own degrees.
  •     Between 1946 and 1970, the External System played a significant role in establishing many Commonwealth universities under a unique scheme of ‘special relations’.
  •     Through the External System, higher education was made available to a much wider range of social classes; it pre-empted 20th Century developments in open, flexible and distance learning by more than 100 years.
  •     Famous former students and alumni include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, ex-President Nelson Mandela, joint winner Charles Kao and joint winner Dr Rolph Payet, who has now been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.

For further information contact: Binda Rai, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication, University of London International Programmes, Email: binda(dot)rai(at)london(dot)ac(dot)uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8545 (office) +44 (0)7920 476483 (mobile)

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