Helmy Abouleish during SEKEMs annual spring festival, 2017

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    Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue for a Sustainable Future

    Heliopolis University Campus

    Application deadline extended to  June 10, 2018

    The Centre for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU), Sekem Development Foundation (SDF) and Heliopolis University (HU) are organizing an intercultural and international summer school to foster cultural understanding and international friendship, thus promoting peace and sustainable development.

    Lecturers will include a Member of the European Parliament, senior Dutch and Egyptian lecturers. Excursions will include visits to locations in Egypt where intercultural dialogue is practiced. The summer school will be completed with a certificate of participation.

    If you are an open-minded student or young person interested to engage in interreligious and international exchange, you can apply until June 10, 2018 to the CAWU or HU (link to the application form see below).  In the application, please state your motivation and why you think you are suited to participate.  A short CV can be helpful to demonstrate this.

    The Summer-School itself, and accommodation at the Heliopolis Student Hostel is sponsored by SGP.  However, we ask for a small contribution towards these costs.  Furthermore, you have to pay for travel to and from Cairo, the cost for visa and insurance as well as entrance fees for museums and sites (like the Pyramids).  The contribution for the summer school is of LE 500 for students enrolled in an Egyptian university (and residents of any transition state) and € 100 for students enrolled in a university outside Egypt, and/or resident in Europe, North America, Asia or any other part of the world. If you can’t afford these fees you can explain this in the application and ask for a scholarship (see application form).

    For further information, please contact us: summerschool@hu.edu.eg

    Registration under:


    Alternatively, you can send an email to info@cawu.orgkshulsman@cidtegypt.com, or summerschool@hu.edu.eg

    Sponsored by 

    The preliminary programme includes:


    Event Speakers:
    Jun 25. Mo   - Arrival - Transfer from Airport to HU - Student hostel
    Jun 26. Tu  HU . Introductory session

    History of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt

    Discussion groups – participants writing articles

    Kees Hulsman

    Kees Hulsman

    Jun 27. We  HU  Euro-Parliamentarian Bas Belder

    Discussion groups – participants writing articles

    Bas Belder,
    Kees Hulsman
    Jun 28. Th  DT  Excursion Sekem – Tour
    Jun 29. Fr  DT  Pyramids and Egyptian Museum
    Jun 30. Sa  DT  Salam Medical Center, Qanater Dr. Freddy Bayadi

    Dr. George Messiha

    Jul 1. Su  DT  Church service All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek followed by an explanation about the Sudanese refugee program of the church Open to all interested
    Jul 2. Mo  HU  Arab-West Report database building, exercise with the Interview Documentation Project (each participant needs a pc) Matthew Sparks

    Kees Hulsman

    Jul 3. Tu  HU  Contrasting Arabic and European music.



    Provided by HU

    Ahmed Ghobashy

    Jul 4. We  HU  Still to be fixed Mette Toft Nielsen

    Ahmed Ghobashy

    Jul 5. Th HU  Workshop Freedom of Expression and Respecting Religious sensitivities Johan Snel, Dr. Matthew Anderson, Ambassador Mona Omar
    Jul 6. Fr HU  Workshop The Egyptian Constitution of 2014 as a model for democratization in the Arab World; comparison with Europe Johan Snel, Prof. Dr. Hoda Awad
    Jul 7. Sa Departure - Transfer to the airport

    DT – Day Tour

    Meetings will be chaired by Drs. Cornelis (Kees) Hulsman, director Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) and editor-in-chief of Arab-West Report. Hulsman first arrived in Egypt in 1976 and is responsible for the internship program of the Center for Arab-West Understanding in Egypt.

    General information, including terms and conditions for an application

    The Intercultural Summer School aims to promote international dialogue and understanding.  Furthermore, it promotes dialogue and writing skills and trains participants to publish small pieces of work.  It is organized by the Centre for Arab West Understanding, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt (www.cawu.org) the Sekem Development Foundation (www.sekem.com) and Heliopolis University (www.hu.edu.eg). It is financially supported by SGP (www.sgp.nl) but participants are expected to contribute with a small to demonstrate their commitment.  Final confirmation of the place is dependent on receipt of this contribution.

    Attendees are awarded a certificate of participation, but accreditation in other study programmes is not foreseen.  The summer school does, however, provide the opportunity to get to know CAWU’s Internship Programme, as well as HU and Sekem.

    Accommodation and basic breakfast will be provided by the summer school at the Heliopolis University student hostel if applied for.  Student accommodation is segregated by gender, with only male and only female flats.  However, in any given building there might be more than one type of flat, as well as flats with families.  By accepting the offered accommodation, the above has been explicitly acknowledged.

    Lunch and refreshments are generally provided, except during excursions.  The travel to and from Cairo, any visa fees, and insurances, as well as entrance fees to touristic sites, have to be borne by the participant.

    Texts written during the summer school will, after editing and consultation of the participants, be placed in the database of Arab-West Report. Neither the organizers nor the SGP are responsible for the views put forward by any participant or referent.  However, the organizers maintain the right to exclude anybody from the summer school, who promotes hate, violence or views deemed grossly offensive, as well as anybody who engages in hate speech or unacceptable or unlawful behavior and no compensation or refund, will be paid.  Similarly, the summer school does not promote any particular political view and will not condone political campaigning.

    The submission of an application and any confirmation of receipt of such a submission does not constitute acceptance in any way.  Chosen applicants will be contacted individually and have to confirm their participation within the timeframe stated in the acceptance letter.  The decision of the organizers is final. By applying to the Intercultural Summer School, the applicant specifically agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

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