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Al Alfi Foundation Sustainable Development Fellowship 

The long-term objective of the program is to develop a new cadre of entrepreneurial leaders who are capable of filling critical positions in industry, public sector and civil-society organizations in Egypt, and who can successfully integrate technical, business and social skills to contribute to comprehensive sustainable development in Egypt and beyond.


Center for Sustainable Development 

The mission of the CSD is to guide sustainable development efforts in Egypt, the region and beyond by providing holistic academic programs, applied interdisciplinary research and community services for improving lives and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources for the future generations to come.


Desert Development Center

The Desert Development Center (DDC) was established in 1979 by the American University in Cairo as a center of excellence in applied research and training to promote sustainable development in Egypt’s reclaimed desert areas. The DDC maintains an extensive program of research, training, and informational activities to meet its objectives increasing the productivity and incomes of desert settlers while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base of the desert environment. In addition to working directly with communities, the DDC operates two research stations on desert land where experiments are conducted, technologies are evaluated, and demonstrations are maintained.

Master of Science in Sustainable Development 

The MSc program in Sustainable Development is designed to take advantage of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. This MSc program aims to create a whole new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with the skills will allow them to start up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and put in place public policy and social entrepreneurship innovations that, together, address society’s environmental and natural resource challenges. The program aims to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in all three sectors-private, governmental and non-profit- in preparation for careers as entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” in a range of organizations.


Office of Sustainability

Established in September 2011, the Office of Sustainability is responsible for addressing AUC’s environmental challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity, pollution and waste management. The office portfolio consists of a semi-annual Carbon Footprint Report, energy reduction programs, water consumption reduction and management, waste management and efforts to raise campus awareness of environmental concerns affecting AUC and the community at large.

Sustainable AUC: Hub for Sustainability News and Events

AUC is supporting academic research to address climate change, but we also know it’s just as important to create a sustainable environment at home.  We tackle sustainability from every angle; decreasing the University's carbon footprint, promoting environmental research and education, implementing recycling programs and raising public awareness.

Sustainable Campus Committee 

AUC's newly-formed Sustainable Campus Committee is a committee of students, staff and faculty that aims to bring together people from around AUC interested in sustainability and the environment. The committee creates a space to exchange information, develop and share ideas, promote research collaboration and organize awareness-raising events on campus.


Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)

RISE serves as a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to promoting research of sustainable environments in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa. The institute represents a reaffirmation and strengthening of AUC's commitment to sustainable environmental education and research. Building on the accomplishments of the Desert Development Center's (DDC) legacy in natural resource management, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture in desert areas, RISE has the expanded mission to promote sustainability in a diversity of environments, including rural and urban, desert and temperate, through applied research, education and training programs. 


WaDImena: A Regional Initiative for Managing Water Demand 

WaDImena is coordinated by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and operates in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It supports projects in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. The projects contain research activities on groundwater, wastewater and grey water management, pilot studies on water management improvements and experiments with innovative water demand practices implemented in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.

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