UC President Dr. Neville G. Pinto headed a delegation to Future University in Egypt (FUE) to renew our strategic partnership agreement in November. This was the president’s first international visit since he took office in February 2017.
The trip was one of the special delegations UC’s top leadership has undertaken in recent months to strengthen our partnerships and further our international engagement. This commitment is part of our strategic direction, Next Lives Here, which includes a focus on urban and global futures.
Future University in Egypt
Dr. Pinto and Vice Provost for International Affairs Raj Mehta traveled to FUE with a group of faculty from several UC colleges for a signing ceremony hosted by FUE President Dr. Ebada Sarhan.
UC and FUE have enjoyed a fruitful relationship. Dr. Pinto traces it to a shared sense of mission within both universities. “Provost Emeritus Tony Perzigian and Vice Provost Raj Mehta have demonstrated keen vision in developing our strategic partnership with FUE. We also owe our appreciation to the faculty of both institutions for their efforts to deepen this international partnership.”
Under the agreement first signed in 2013, UC faculty and administrators have worked with FUE on undergraduate curricula and educator development in disciplines ranging from engineering to economics, political science, information technology, commerce and business administration. The goal is to achieve international accreditation for these UC-certified FUE programs within the next few years.
The new agreement extends to 2024. Within its framework, UC and FUE hope to encourage increased faculty and student mobility, additional research collaborations, and new marketing initiatives between the two universities.