Columbia names Egyptian as first woman to head university

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Columbia University has announced Nemat Shafik, an economist originally from the Egyptian city of Alexandria, as its new president. This new high-profile hire marks the first time Columbia has hired a woman or a person from the MENA region for this position. Recently women have been appointed as heads of prestigious US universities include Dartmouth, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the New York Times reported following the announcement on Wednesday. Shafik, who is also known as Minouche and is a UK baroness, will leave her post as Director of the London School of E…

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