Teachers and Students from School of GAPP at American University in Cairo Visit SUFE

    From January 19 to 20, Professor Laila El-Baradei, Associate Dean at School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), the American University in Cairo, led 22 faculty members and students to SUFE. Planned and organized by the Center of Master of Public Administration Program, this academic exchange activity was conducted successfully.


    The visit was welcomed by a variety of activities and exchange approaches, such as on-site observation, academic lectures, seminars, discussions and interactive learning, through which the visitors felt highly beneficial. This exchange activity effectively demonstrated the strength of our MPA education and public administration-related disciplines, resulting in satisfactory outcomes.

    On the morning of January 19, 2018, 22 teachers and students from the American University in Cairo, accompanied by Professor Fu Wenlin, Vice President of the School of Public Economics and Administration, Associate Professor (tenure) Li Huiping and Associate Professor Zeng Jimao (Dean of Department), visited the Humaercun Residential Area of Zhangmiao Sub-district, Baoshan District, to observe the outcomes of innovative community governance.


    Hu Donglin, Deputy Director of the Zhangmiao Sub-district Office, warmly welcomed the foreign visitors and guided them around the community environment and the shared community “living room”, highlighting the outcome of the innovative governance: the Community Connectivity system. 

(Shared Community Living Room: visitors are watching the introductory video about Community Connectivity)

(Shared Community Living Room: visitors are performing a runway walk with residents)

 (Shared Community Living Room: visitors are experiencing Chinese culture through the team ceremony and paper cutting)


    Visitors spoke highly of this community visit, praising the efforts of the Humaercun Residential Area in building the place into a real community.


    At lunchtime on January 19, Professor Li Huiping gave a lecture in Room 302 of Fenghuang Building on the innovation of China's government administration system and local governance. Taking the example of Shanghai, one of China's largest metropolises, as an example, he introduced the status quo of Shanghai from perspectives of community clustering, public service inequality and local government structures through solid data and graphs.

      On the afternoon of January 19, Professor Fu Wenlin and Associate Professor Li Huiping held talks with Professor Laila El-Baradei, Assistant Professor Artan Karini, Mohamed Kadry and Mohamed Ibrahim in Room 202 on the cooperation between the two colleges.

    Fu Wenlin first extended his sincere welcome to the visiting teachers and students, and then briefly introduced the School of Public Economics and Administration, including its faculty, disciplines and number of students, highlighting the remarkable achievements made by the School in supporting government decision-making and social services. He said that, with great demands and intentions for cooperation of both sides, he hoped they could find an opportunity to cooperate and achieve mutual benefits.

    Laila, Associate Dean at GAPP of American University in Cairo, introduced the history, characteristics and achievements of the American University in Cairo and the GAPP: American University in Cairo is a well-known and well-established university in Africa; its public administration discipline has passed several international certifications, including the NASPAA; the university attaches great importance to cooperation with Chinese universities and it is currently in cooperation with Peking University; next, the university hopes to establish cooperative relations with SUFE in many aspects such as student exchange.

    The two sides then moved on to exchange their opinions on the cooperation intention, modes and specific issues. Both parties expressed their hopes and confidence for their future cooperation.

    On the afternoon of January 20, Professor Laila El-Baradei and the visiting teachers and students held a discussion and exchange event with nearly 100 teachers and students at SUFE’s MPA Center. Organized by the MPA Center, teachers and students from both schools conducted in-depth exchanges on the public administration systems and the practice and development of public administration in China and Egypt, which produced positive outcomes.

    1:00-2:30: The exchange event began by the keynote speech by Professor Laila El-Baradei on "Public Administration in Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities". In his speech, he introduced in detail the public administration system in Egypt, featuring the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and revealed the problems faced by Egypt’s public administration from perspectives of centralization of power, performance of government       officials, and performance of service and economic management departments. Through the 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, e-commerce development plan, the new public officials’ law and the new comprehensive medical insurance and other reform measures, he displayed the vision of Egypt's reform and development. The simple but insightful explanation helped students, especially SUFE students, recognize and understand Egypt’s public administration system and practice. After the lecture, students from both China and Egypt raised questions to deepen their understanding of each other's national and social conditions.

    2:30-4:30: Chinese and Egyptian students conducted interactive discussions. Students are divided into groups, their nationalities blended, to discuss and interact with each other on their own thoughts and emphases on public administration. Hundreds of students in the room conducted lively dialogue, fully adding to the atmosphere.


    In the final session, group sharing, students from both countries in each group stood out and shared the core contents and lessons they gained from the exchange and discussion with all attendees. Topics central to their concern and discussion included the differences between urban and rural areas, women's rights and status, population and distribution, the tax system and tax collection, natural resources and energy prices, e-commerce applications, and medical and social security. Discussed throughout the entire exchange were the commonalities and differences between the two countries in history and culture. With the deepening of the exchange, the relationship between Chinese and Egyptian students was greatly built up. Through demonstrating culture and sharing experience in public administration, students from both countries further strengthened their friendship.


    The event came to an end in the conclusion speech by Associate Professor Li Huiping, who said that the successful organization of the event enabled students from both countries to enhance understanding of each other, and expressed his hope that the two universities could facilitate exchanges and cooperation, learn from each other and seek mutual development.

    Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo is one of the most important universities in the region. The university has set up 6 schools in global affairs and public policy, humanities and social sciences, continuing education, education, sciences and engineering as well as business, along with R&D institutions such as Abdul Latif Jameel Middle East Administration and Research Center, the Social Research Center (mainly engaged in population theory and population migration research), and the Desert Development Center. As a private university, the American University in Cairo has enjoyed a high reputation.


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