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Amira Makhlouf ’78

Class of 1978, Major in Psychology

“I chose MMC because it felt like home from the first day and opened endless possibilities. My classes and instructors helped me to become a lifelong learner. They gave me the confidence to ask questions, think out of the box, and be creative.” 

A neighbor of the College, Amira Makhlouf ’78 and her family lived on 59th and 2nd during her teenage years while her father, an ambassador, was posted to New York to establish an Egyptian Consulate in New York City. Due to her father’s posting, Makhlouf had to complete her degree requirements in fewer than the typical four years, and chose to do so at MMC.

After graduation, Makhlouf was accepted into a number of top schools, including Harvard University, where she earned her master’s in Education. She credits her “stellar education” from MMC for her acceptance into the program. Now an educator at the American University in Cairo, Makhlouf has been teaching a program, English for Interfaith Dialogue, for the past ten years to develop the abilities of religious clerics and scholars to engage in productive dialogue with other faith communities. Because of the program’s success, Maklouf was recently invited to serve as a curriculum content and design consultant for the British Council in Egypt, with the ultimate goal of making her program available in all British Councils across the world. The project will be piloted at Al-Azhar University, the world’s leading Sunni Muslim university.

To the community of scholars at MMC, Makhlouf advises keeping a sense of curiosity alive. “Don’t let the easy availability of information dampen your quest for knowledge,” she says. “There is so much out there and what you do with your life and the number of times you reinvent your career depends on how you keep learning.”

This feature was originally included in the Fall 2019 edition of MMC Magazine

Class Year and Major

Class of 1978, Major in Psychology

Testimonial

“I chose MMC because it felt like home from the first day and opened endless possibilities. My classes and instructors helped me to become a lifelong learner. They gave me the confidence to ask questions, think out of the box, and be creative.” 

Psychology