Dr. Mohamed Nagib AbouZeid Lectures and Discussions on Academic Integrity
On Thursday and Friday, March 2nd-3rd, the Office of the President organized a series of lectures and discussions on academic integrity for students, faculty, and staff by Dr. Mohamed Nagib AbouZeid.
Dr. AbouZeid, a professor of construction engineering at the American University in Cairo (AUC), is a board member of Egypt's first National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Education (NAQAAE) and a former chair of the board of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).
After giving an overview of academic integrity in higher education as well as history of academic integrity in the new millennium and in the MENA region, Dr. AbouZeid invited attendees to share their observations regarding academic integrity at AUI. Discussions covered a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
- Defining of academic integrity
- Differentiating integrity and honesty
- Increasing awareness of academic integrity on campus
- Examples of violations of integrity
- Addressing dishonesty and integrity issue as a bystander
- Punishment vs encouragement in addressing academic integrity issues
- Institutional integrity
Dr. AbouZeid concluded discussions with inviting attendants to offer an action plan for AUI to develop academic integrity initiatives. Attendants’ major conclusion was increasing awareness of the benefits of integrity and honesty on campus and inclusion of each AUI stakeholder.
Large turnout from AUI community at Dr. AbouZeid’s lectures and discussion series (over 120 attendants at the student session alone) portrayed the significant interest from the members of our community to continue the development of academic integrity at AUI.