The American University in Cairo announced today the appointment of leading Qatari educator and the president of the University of Qatar, Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, as a member of its Board of Trustees. Prior to being appointed president of the University of Qatar in 2003, Professor Al-Misnad held positions in teaching, administration and research at the university, including the posts of vice president for research and community development, head of the Department of Foundations of Education, and head of the University Council.
Professor Al-Misnad received her bachelor of arts in education from the University of Qatar, as well as a diploma in education, and her PhD from Durham University in the United Kingdom. She has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in civil law by Durham University in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of education.
Professor Al-Misnad has played a key role in the educational reform in Qatar. In addition to reforms she has implemented at the University of Qatar, she has played a leading role in the reform of primary, secondary, and private education in Qatar. She is a member of the Supreme Educational Council that oversees the reform of publicly funded education, a project that aims to establish progressive and modern independent schools that are privately operated but publicly funded.
B. Boyd Hight, chairman of AUC’s Board of Trustees, noted that Professor Sheikha Al-Misnad will provide unique counsel as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. “Professor Sheikha Al-Misnad’s professional experience in education and educational reform in the Arab Region,” Hight said, “will provide AUC’s Board of Trustees with invaluable expertise in that field. In addition, she will play a vital role in advancing AUC’s mission to serve the region in providing quality education to the next generation of leaders in the Arab World.”
Professor Al-Misnad was a contributing member of the steering committee of the symposium at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education Applicability to the Arab States of the Gulf held in Doha in 1999 and since June 2004, she has been a member of the United Nations University Council (UNU).
Distinguished for their professional accomplishments in the areas of business, law, education, philanthropy and scholarship, members of AUC’s Board of Trustees are all volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to supporting the university. Primarily Egyptians, Saudi Arabians and Americans, the trustees do not receive a salary and provide their own financial support to the university. AUC’s trustees include Moataz Al-Alfi, chairman of the Americana Group; Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Prize winner and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; Mohamed Ibrahim, founder and chairman of Celtel International; Dina Habib Powell, managing director and global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs; Dr. Ahmed Zewail, also a Nobel Prize winner and the Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the director of the Physical Biology Center; and Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt.
The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded 90 years ago and is major contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab Region. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions, and study abroad programs. An independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.
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