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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor receives an Honorary Doctorate from the American University in Cairo

by Joanna Andrews

© Al Habtoor Group, Khalaf Al Habtoor receives his honorary doctorate: (L-R) Amr Shaarawi, Al Habtoor, Lisa Anderson, Moataz Al Alfi
Al Habtoor delivers his keynote speech at the 91st Annual Commencement Ceremony at AUC
Khalaf Al Habtoor with his Honorary Doctorate
L-R: Mary Iskander, HE Mohammed Al Dhahiri, Khalaf Al Habtoor with his Honorary Doctorate Moataz Al Alfi & Al Habtoor
Al Habtoor delivers his keynote speech at the 91st Annual Commencement Ceremony at AUC

It’s a hat-trick for the Al Habtoor Group Chairman; Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor has the privilege of being honoured with doctorates from Lebanon’s American University of Science & Technology, Illinois College in the US, and now the American University of Cairo.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the American University in Cairo (AUC) – a premier English-language institution of higher learning based in the Egyptian capital. Al Habtoor took part in the ‘Commencement Ceremony’ at the respected American university on Saturday June 14, 2014. The event took place at the ‘Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Football and Track Stadium’– a facility financed by the Al Habtoor Group Chairman in 2010.

Amr Shaarawi, the Provost and Conferral of Honorary Degree, praised Al Habtoor telling graduating students he was honoured with the Doctorate of Philosophy “In recognition for his continued efforts in fostering cross cultural understanding, supporting humanitarian causes, and advancing academic inquiry.”

In his keynote address at the Commencement Ceremony, Al Habtoor urged the 193 masters and 561 bachelor’s degree candidates who were graduating to aspire to greatness, “Your education has not finished, it just started and it will carry through your life. You have a long way to go. I advise you to keep a positive outlook on things, start your day full of energy ready to conquer the world.”

He added, “Your generation has learned a lot from the turbulences that stormed Egypt in the past three years and now the earth has settled let us put our hands together and build this country.”

Lisa Anderson, President of the American University in Cairo (AUC) said, “This class has seen more change in their short time as university students than most of us see in a lifetime… They are ready to dream of things that never were and to ask why not?”

Al Habtoor told the graduates to take an active role in their country’s future, telling them they are “partners” in Egypt’s destiny, “The success of your country depends on you as much as it does on your government. Each and every one of you has to play a role, otherwise we won’t achieve the end goal. It is your duty and your privilege to play a key role in your country’s future and help its economy thrive.”

He added, “Ask yourself what role you can take for your country’s future success and what you can do to make it better. Then go out and do it. You are the leaders of tomorrow. Be brave and own your future, and I am confident that Egypt and our Arab nation will be fine.”

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