This week, the Prince of Wales, sent a congratulatory letter to the British University in Egypt, on the occasion of their inauguration of Professor Loutfi as their fifth president, according to BUE.
The letter was delivered by the British Ambassador to Egypt, Gareth Bayley, to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Farida Khamis, and President Loutfi during a speech by the ambassador at the inauguration ceremony.
During the speech, Bayley read out the letter which included the following quote from Prince Charles: “I was absolutely delighted to hear of the appointment of Dr. Mohamed Loutfi as President of the British University in Egypt and whilst I am so sorry not to be there in person, I did just want to send my warmest congratulations on the occasion of his inauguration today.”
Bayley quoted further from the letter from Prince Charles, where His Royal Highness recollected attending the opening of the university in 2006, under Professor Mostafa El Feky’s presidency and on congratulating the Board of Trustees on the university’s 10th Anniversary.
His Royal Highness concluded the letter by writing, “Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the University, and as the new President is inaugurated, I wanted to convey my very best wishes for continuing success to Dr. Loutfi, the Board of Trustees and the Faculty and Staff of the University – together with all good fortune to the students of the British University in Egypt, past, present and to come.”
During the inauguration, Chair Khamis, spoke of the university’s founder, her late father, Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis, and his wish to make the British University in Egypt a beacon of higher education in Egypt and the region and in his belief that only through education could an individual’s potential be fully released.
She also spoke about President Loutfi’s renowned attributes, values, as well as his wish to make the university a student centred one.
Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram also took to the podium during the inauguration to congratulate the university on having President Loutfi – a fellow Alexandrian – as its new president.
In the same light, she also spoke of her admiration of several members of the university’s Board of Trustees who were present on stage such as renowned heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and former ambassadors, Professor Mostafa El Feki, H.E. Ambassador Amre Moussa.
It’s worth noting that the massive inauguration was attended by a number of high-ranking figures in society, amongst them Mohamed Saafan, Minister of Manpower, Mohamadou Labarang, Ambassador of Cameroon, Seán O’Regan, Ambassador of Ireland, and Dominic Goh, Ambassador of Singapore.
WATCH the full Presidential Inauguration video through this link.