About

Welcome to the blog of the Caravan, the student-run and produced newspaper of The American University in Cairo. Here you will find the daily work of the Arab world’s future journalists. The students also publish a weekly counterpart in print, available on campus. So, thanks for taking a look. Let us know how we’re doing! You can write to us at auccaravan@gmail.com.

3 responses to “About

  1. Sue Schneider

    Congratulations! This terrific publication would be excellent even in the best of times, but it certainly seems these are not the best of times at AUC, so it’s even more invaluable. As the parent of a junior who is counting on doing a study-abroad semester at AUC in January, I have been trying to find information since reading the article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed on Monday. The silence from my daughter’s college is both deafening and astonishing. Please level with me.

    From your vantage point, will enough of the new campus be habitable – housing, food, air conditioning, health services, showers and facilities, electricity, internet and cell phone service, pool and gym, cafeteria, transportation from New Cairo to the center of the city and regular transport between both campuses? It doesn’t have to be perfect, but basically do the students feel that the experience of studying at AUC – in Cairo – outweighs the disappointment with the facilities etc? “Roughing it” is not what international students buy into when they sign up for this program. Certainly, when they graduate and go out in the field or into the Peace Corps, they expect to live simply, but considering the tuition being charged by my daughter’s college, she should not have to worry about safety, comfortable air conditioned housing within walking distance of her temperature controlled classrooms, or standing in line for nutritious food or any food for that matter. And in this economy, throwing out money if the experience is not going to be a terrific one, seems crazy. Is there really a chance that this program will fold because of financial losses, and not even exist for international students next semester – or that AUC will have to cut back on the construction which one would think would require overtime to be ready for January? The one question I didn’t ask, in light of all this is: how are the professors and the classes? And, are they quitting because of this? Also, would you please send me the email address for Lisa Anderson? Thanks for all the information so far. Caravan has really been helpful. Best of luck. Sue Schneider

  2. Lisa Anderson

    Dear Ms. Schneider:

    Since many of your questions are no doubt preoccupying other prospective study-abroad students and their parents, let me take a minute to address a few of them here. You should, however, feel free to contact me directly at landerson@aucegypt.edu for an “off-line on-line” chat about any other issues about which you may be particularly concerned.

    We certainly expect to be at full strength in the spring–there is no foreseeable circumstance in which we would not open for business for our study-abroad students. After all, we will be welcoming a number of new full-time degree-seeking students in the spring–why not the study-abroad students?

    Many of the complaints described in the Chronicle article had been resolved even before the article went to print and we expect that most of the facilities you ask about will be ready well before the beginning of the spring semester. The student food service facilities will be operational in a week or so, the remaining classroom air conditioning and learning technology issues are being resolved now, and we will be concentrating our energies on making sure that the student housing is completely finished, furnished and in move-in condtion by the start of the spring term. (I cannot promise a swimming pool, but a basketball court is pretty likely.)

    It is important to recognize that this is a brand-new campus and it is as new to the faculty and administration as it is to the students. There are many things about how it will work we still don’t know. Can I promise pizza at two o’clock in the morning, uninterrupted internet access, telephones that always work, buses that always depart and arrive exactly on time, classroom projectors that always work? Obviously not. Is that what we aspire to. Absolutely.

    Having studied at AUC myself thirty years ago, I can only say that I cannot think of a place in which students will learn as much–about life in developing countries, about Egypt and the Arab world, about how the rest of the world sees the United States–indeed, about themselves–as here. Even in difficult circumstances, this is a remarkable institution in a remarkable country, and I am confident that our circumstances will have eased quite a bit by the spring semester.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to welcoming your daughter.

    Lisa Anderson
    Provost

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