AUC offers a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development as the first program based on innovative collaboration among the AUC schools of Business, Science and Engineering, Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The Master of Science program is enhanced by the advanced facilities and state-of-the-art equipment available at the University. The program aims to educate innovative and visionary leaders with a holistic understanding of the developmental challenges in today’s world. It offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of sustainability, covering the three dimensions of economy, environment, and society. Concentrations in engineering, business studies, public policy or social sciences may be pursued, depending on the student’s interests and background. In addition to the theoretical and analytical components of the program, students are encouraged to carry out community-based activities.
Established in 2013 by Hani Sewilam, the Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development program was the first of its kind in the Middle East and now boasts over 40 alumni.
The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development has recently been ranked by Eduniversal as the top master’s program in Africa with a focus on sustainability and green technologies. The program has been defined following the European Quality Framework (EQF) and according to the Accreditation requirements for the Egyptian Education System. SSDV programs have followed the process for obtaining the recognition, whose main purpose is to ensure that it fulfills a standard of quality that fits into the Egyptian context.
Since fall 2014, students have the opportunity to receive double master’s degrees from AUC and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. They will spend the first year at the AUC and the second year in Italy, before preparing their master's thesis under supervision from both universities.
There are three different tracks eligible candidates can take:
A graduate qualification and community-based experience in sustainable development may lead to career opportunities in national and international organizations. Graduates typically seek career advancement in:
Start-up business in the areas of green technologies and business
International organizations that are active in fields related to sustainable development (United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, UN-HABITAT, African Development Bank and the World Bank)
Local or regional nongovernmental organizations that work closely with the communities
Governmental institutions on the policy level
Corporate social responsibility departments of major corporations
Consultancy firms working in the area of environmental services or social development
Bilateral donor agencies (such as GIZ, USAID, JICA)