Auchi: Dispel anti-Arab prejudice through pursuit of educational excellence
 
The best way to dispel misleading and negative images of the Arab  world is through the encouragement of educational, professional and
business excellence and by building bridges between Arabs living abroad and their host countries, Nadhmi Auchi, President of the Anglo-Arab Organisation, said in London on Wednesday. 
Auchi, was speaking a reception in his honour given by the American University in Cairo (AUC) at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington in recognition of his role in creating the university’s “Nadhmi Auchi Young Leaders 


AUC President David Arnold hands AUC 
shield to Auchi


Auchi, who is chairman of the Luxembourg-based General Mediterranean Holding group, told a distinguished audience of public figures, academics and business leaders: “There is an immense amount of talent and skill in the youngsters from the Arab world. My own conviction is that we should do everything possible to remove the stereotypical image that is widely attached to the Arabs these days.” “The most effective way to achieve this is by encouraging the youth to build Arab pride, to strive for excellence in their fields and to inspire future

generations thereby. Let our young people rise above social and cultural barriers. Encourage them to attain success through outstanding performance whether in sports, health, education, trade, industry, commerce or technology. “I also believe very strongly that the new generation of young Arabs who for economic or other reasons find themselves working or studying in the West, have a responsibility to play a role in the public lives of their host countries – and to build bridges between the two. In these two ways, I believe we can dispel misleading or erroneous stereotypes and improve the reputation of the Arab community world-wide.” He continued: “My message to the young students at the AUC is: Aim for the highest standards in research, technology, commerce. The Nobel prize is not restricted to a certain part of the hemisphere. The Noble prizewinner in chemistry, the Egyptian Ahmed Zewail from Alexandria University, proved that. We look forward with confidence to the day when the illustrious list of Nobel prizewinners includes graduates from the American University in Cairo.”

Students and researchers of the Programme 
with Nadhmi and Ibtisam Auchi

AUC President David Arnold praised the efforts of Auchi and highlighted the importance of 'Nadhmi Auchi Young Leaders Fellowship Programme' in providing young students and researchers with chance to participate in their countries' development.

Students who benefited from the Fellowship Programme gave presentations about the multidisciplinary fields of research that span science and humanities studies.