UVU Administrator and Egyptian Native to Discuss Recent Events in Cairo
February 11, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Rusty Butler, (801) 863-8994
The current political and social turmoil in Egypt will be discussed during a video conference with Mohammed El-Saidi, associate vice president of academic affairs at Utah Valley University and an Egyptian native, on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 110. El-Saidi will present his remarks by video conference due to his recovery from recent surgery.
Over the past three weeks this anchor nation in the Middle East with a population of more than 80 million people has experienced a popular uprising, an echo of recent events in neighboring Tunisia. These events are of particular interest to the greater global community due to their potential for economic and political reverberations throughout the Middle East and the world.
“UVU and Utah are fortunate to have Dr. Mohammed El-Saidi on our campus as an administrator and faculty member with extensive family ties in his home country of Egypt,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “We appreciate Dr. El-Saidi’s kindness to discuss the situation in Egypt, and its prospects for our students and faculty members.”
The event is facilitated by several entities at UVU including the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, the Office of Engaged Learning, the History & Political Science Department, and the International Affairs Club.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.