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Country:
Egypt
What do you do?
Researcher
Organisation
American University in Cairo
Fields of interest
water, sustainable development, poverty reduction, policy
Email address
jbremer@aucegypt.edu
Website:
http://www.aucegypt.edu
Languages
English, French, Spanish, Arabic (spoken)
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I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Management Department of the American University in Cairo. I also direct the Program in Public Policy and Administrative Development, which currently offers a master's in public administration and is in the process of developing a master's in public policy. I have about 30 years of experience in development and have worked long-term in Mexico and Egypt (prior to this position), as well as completing short-term assignments in around 30 countries. My fields are economic development, public-private sector collaboration, corporate social responsibility, Islamic philanthropy, water, and private enterprise development, but I have worked in a wide range of development topics. I previously directed the Kenan Institute Washington Center, a unit of UNC-Chapel HIll, and I hold a PhD in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard as well as a second master's from Stanford. I am currently co-director of the U.S.-Egypt Friendship Society (a nonprofit based in Washington) and a member of the US-Egypt Business Council (a federally appointed binational advisory board).

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Interdisciplinary education -- the overlooked missing element that undermines university education in the Middle East

The more you work in the Middle East, the more you see not only its many wonderful aspects but also the negative elements that undermine development and hold the region back.

One of these is the near-absence of interdisciplinary education.

Starting in the 11th grade, Egyptian students take one of three tracks -- literary, scientific, or mathematical. Whichever track they take, they study almost no subjects in the other tracks from then on, even if they stay in…

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Posted on April 4, 2010 at 9:29

The challenge of building a world-class graduate education program in the Middle East

I have recently assumed a new position as head of the American University in Cairo's Program in Public Policy and Administrative Development (PPAD). My main priority is to take a fairly small and quite traditional master's in public administration and tranform it into a world-class public policy program -- the first in the Middle East. I'm taking over from the previous head, but he left over a year ago, so the program is very much in a building phase. We have three full-time faculty plus a…

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Posted on August 23, 2007 at 19:03 — 1 Comment

The challenge of building a world-class graduate education program in the Middle East

I have recently assumed a new position as head of the American University in Cairo's Program in Public Policy and Administrative Development (PPAD). My main priority is to take a fairly small and quite traditional master's in public administration and tranform it into a world-class public policy program -- the first in the Middle East. I'm taking over from the previous head, but he left over a year ago, so the program is very much in a building phase. We have three full-time faculty plus a…

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Posted on August 23, 2007 at 19:02

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At 6:26 on August 25, 2007, Liz Moyer said…
Jennifer -

I saw your note about wanting sub-Saharan students in your policy program. Is the language of instruction English? And would your program provide funding? I taught university graduates in science & math at a pan-African institute last year, and would be happy to spread the word of your program to the student list if it's something that might be applicable.

best,

Liz Moyer
At 18:49 on August 23, 2007, Calestous Juma said…
Jennifer: I am sorry I somehow did not follow up on your important e-mail but home we can reconnect. Let me know how I can be of help. There are several other people I know now working on similar ideas about training and maybe we can share some information and experiences. I am also offering this in the spring: http://ksgexecprogram.harvard.edu/program/sti/overview.aspx
Calestous
 
 
 

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