Adding the Missing Piece at the Graduate Study Fair 2017

On Saturday, the 30th of September, AUC students/alumni in addition to students/graduates of other universities in Egypt participated in the Graduate Study Fair organized by AUC's Career Center. Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Manager Ahmed Tolba welcomed the university and organization representatives to the event and emphasized AUC's interest in continued collaboration with the participating institutions on different academic fronts, such as student exchange programs.

The fair aims to "avail a channel for students and alumni to meet with university representatives from different countries and learn about the graduate study options, and how it could fit their career plans to facilitate their decision-making process," said Maha Guindi, Executive Director at the Career Center at the opening ceremony. The event kicked off with an introductory session that helped orient the attendees on how the fair goes and gave them tips to make the most out of this opportunity. The participants also joined the round table discussions held by university representatives from different countries. The fair was beneficial for many of the attendees, as Qais Gaber, an AUC Accounting Student, reflected.

Throughout the day, various sessions took place that provided the attendees with more information about the application processes, accommodation, and funding options. Mohamed Hossam, a Civil Engineering graduate from Ain Shams university said, "the day is well organized and the universities' sessions gave me lots of information about the scholarships and the academic programs." In addition, the Career Center offered two different workshops that gave the attendees ideas about funding types and scholarship opportunities, and how to craft personal statements. "We hear so many stories about applying to graduate study so I needed to get more information from a good source that would guide me," an AUC MICT graduate said. The university representatives, alike, expressed how they wanted to meet students of a high academic caliber and to help them "gain employability skills and get their ideal jobs," Sarah Scully, University of Sussex representative highlighted.

Nevertheless, the fair achieved its objective to sustain the attendees with the needed information to guide them through their graduate study search. An AUC Economics student commented that she "expected to come sit with the representatives from different universities, ask them questions and have them answer back," and that her expectations were met. The Graduate Study Fair helped students and graduates to refine their research for further academic opportunities and set them on the right path. The event indeed added the missing piece to the participants' graduate study search.

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