University of Leicester forges partnership with university in Egypt

Posted by ap507 at Dec 04, 2015 01:59 PM |
Memorandum of Understanding signed with The American University in Cairo following capacity-building project

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 December 2015

The University of Leicester is to build closer links with a university in Egypt following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

The agreement has been established between academics at The American University in Cairo and the School of Education at the University of Leicester following a 3 year EU TEMPUS project developing capacity for teacher education and action research with Middle East and North African partners.  The project, led by Professor Hilary Burgess and Dr Chris Wilkins from the School of Education, has made a significant contribution to teacher education reform in Egypt through enhancing the partnerships between schools, universities and the Egyptian Ministry of Education.

The two universities will work together on co-operative teaching programmes and research, sharing of information and publications, and staff and student exchanges. The Memorandum of Understanding forms the first step of developing future collaborations that build on relationships already established by colleagues from both institutions.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Professor Paul Boyle from the University of Leicester and Professor Lisa Anderson from The American University in Cairo.

Dr Chris Wilkins of the School of Education at the University of Leicester said: “We are delighted to enter into this Memorandum of Understanding with one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East and North Africa, with an impressive track record in teacher education and professional development initiatives across the region.  Colleagues from the School of Education have worked successfully in partnership with colleagues from AUC over the past three years, and this agreement will enable us to build on the relationship in the future.  We hope to develop further collaborations both in research and teaching initiatives.”

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 as an independent, not-for-profit, apolitical and non-sectarian institution, accredited both in Egypt and in the United States. It offers a US-style liberal arts education and attracts students from all over Egypt and from 113 countries worldwide.

Professor Malak Zaalouk, Founding Director of The Middle East Institute for Higher Education (MEIHE) at The American University in Cairo, said: "Having worked for three years now in partnership with the University of Leicester in a recent TEMPUS project, I feel confident that an expanded and deeper commitment through the recently signed MOU between the two universities will certainly result in many more mutual benefits to our faculties, students, programmes and countries at large." 


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact

Dr Chris Wilkins

School of Education

University of Leicester

21 University Road

Leicester LE1 7RF


Professor Hilary Burgess
University of Leicester
School of Education
21, University Road



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