About

About Agora

At the heart of the great city of Alexandria in Egypt and at the intersection of Canopic Street and Pharos Street stood one of the most well-known public squares in the World. The Agora of Alexandria, which was only a few steps west of the Great Library of Alexandria, witnessed some of humanity’s most astute thinkers, teachers and philosophers, the formation of profound teachings and free speech. Carefully situated between the Roman quarters (west), the Hellenic quarters (east) and the Coptic quarters (north), the Agora of Alexandria has been regarded as the melting -pot of the ancient world.

Today, Agora University is a continuation of this indigenous Alexandrian heritage.

Agora University is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at raising the awareness of Orthodox Christian teachings though Patristic living, research and education.

Agora is Founded

Agora University was co-founded by Dr. Emmanuel Gergis and Rev. Fr. Michael Sorial in 2012 as a venue for engaging the Oriental Orthodox Christian tradition and the Humanities.

2012

Patriarchal Blessings

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church and His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church granted their blessings for the Vision, Mission and activities of the University.

2013

Alexandria School

Agora began cooperation with the Alexandria School Journal publishing its first academic journal in English, and helped establish the Alexandria School Foundation in Egypt.

2014

H.G. Bishop Epiphanius

In 2015, His Grace Bishop Epiphanius (of blessed memory) of the Monastery of St. Macarius in Scetis, Egypt became the President of the Advisory Board.

2015

Mr. Naguib Sawiris

In 2016, Mr. Naguib Sawiris became the Chairman of the Boards of Agora University.

2016

European Accreditation

In 2019, Agora University's degree programs were fully accredited in the European Union.

2019

Vision

Our Vision is to be a pioneering global Orthodox Christian University dedicated to the Humanities which engages with and addresses the challenges of the contemporary world through Eastern Christian wisdom.




Mission

Our Mission is to establish a community of Christian thinkers, where members can grow spiritually and academically, develop in character, and witness in the contemporary world. We believe in a future where our graduates are ready to impact their society by building bridges between Orthodox Christianity and the humanities through distance learning.

Core Values

Our Core Values are:
1. Embodying Orthodox Christian Faith and Community
2. Imprinting Orthodoxy Globally
3. Providing Cutting-Edge Academic Content
4. Maintaining Financial Responsibility



Leadership

Mr. Naguib Sawiris

Mr. Naguib Sawiris

Chairman of Orascom Investment Holdings
Chairman of Agora University

Governing Board

Fr. Michael Sorial Chancellor & President of the Board
Dr. Emmanuel Gergis Vice President of the Board
Ms. Lydia Dimyan, CPA Treasurer
Dr. Michael Wingert Board Member
Mr. Onsi Sawiris Board Member
Ms. Monica Ghattas Board Member
Mr. Ramy Adeeb Board Member
Fr. Seraphim El-Baramos Board Member
Ms. Mora Sorial Secretary

Advisory Board

Mr. Alex Shalaby President of the Board
H.E. Archbishop Dionysius Kawak Board Member
H.G. Bishop Angelos (Egypt) Board Member
Mr. George Sorial, JD, MBA, LLM Board Member
Mr. Mark Morgan, JD Board Member
Ms. Lana Sawiris Board Member
Fr. George Mikhail Board Member
H.G. Bishop Epiphanius President Emeritus of the Board
(June 27, 1954 – July 29, 2018)

The Executive Team

Dr. Emmanuel Gergis Chief Executive Officer
Fr. George Mikhail Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Amir Hanna Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Michael Wingert Dean of Holy Transfiguration College
Ms. Vero Saad Executive Assistant
Mr. Avram Ibrahim Director of Public Relations & Wealth Management
Ms. Sylvana Selim Director of Operations
Mr. Pablo Diaz Registrar & Director of University Relations
Ms. Mary Ghattas Director of Agora University Press
Mr. John Saad Director of Information Technology
Mr. Bassem Massoud Director of Finance
Ms. Miriam Amir Director of Marketing
Ms. Lydia Adel Director of Admissions
Mr. Remon Michel Media Production Manager

Statement of Faith

As an indigenous Orthodox Christian organization, our Statement of Faith is the Scripture-based Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of 325 and 381 A.D. as follows:

We believe in one God, God the Father the Pantocrator who created heaven and earth, and all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary and became Man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried. And on the third day He rose from the dead, according to the Scriptures, ascended to the heavens; He sits at the right hand of his Father, and He is coming again in His glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Life-Giver, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming age. Amen.

Accreditation

European Union

Agora University’s programs are fully accredited in the European Union through our collaboration and accreditation agreement with the Catholic University of Murcia, Spain.

Exemptions & Licensure

Agora University is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Agora University (formerly St. Cyril Society) is exempt as a religious institution in the State of California, and operates under the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874 (e) of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Agora University is not required to obtain state authorization in Arizona since the university has no physical presence in Arizona as defined by A.R.S. § 32-3001(5).

Agora University is not required to be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education since the institution does not have a physical presence in Connecticut.

Agora University is not required to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Higher Education since the institution does not have a physical presence in Illinois.

Agora University is not required to be licensed by the Kansas Board of Regents since the institution does not have a physical presence in Kansas.

Agora University is not regulated by the Louisiana Board of Regents since it offers courses and programs fully online and does not maintain physical facilities in the State of Louisiana.

Agora University is not required to seek licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to enroll residents of Massachusetts into online courses and programs.

Agora University is not required to seek licensure with the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to enroll residents of New Jersey into online courses and programs.

Agora University is not required to seek licensure with the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to enroll residents of North Carolina into online programs.

Agora University is not currently pursuing state authorization in other States and has no students who reside in those states.

Additionally, Agora in unable to accept applications for admissions from the states where it is not licensed or exempt.

Institutional Objectives and Outcomes

At Agora University, we aim to build well-rounded students by developing a well-balanced approach to Christian through:

  1. The Humanities — Being committed to shaping our curriculum and programs in the Humanities to ask the fundamental questions of human existence and to situate our knowledge in light of the Eastern Christian traditions and the Early Christian Wisdom.
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  3. Our Eastern Christian Identity — the realization that the self-understanding of who we are and what we do is grounded and informed by what it means to be an Eastern Christian, being part of a dynamic tradition and a Church with deep and profound beliefs.

Our institutional objectives are:

- Provide quality distance education programs for graduate students in the Humanities from an Orthodox Christian perspective.

- Provide credentialed faculty members who have experience in teaching. Our goal is that at least 90 percent of our faculty have doctorates in their fields. Others with at least exceptional expertise in the courses they teach.

- Provide adequate administrative staff to facilitate coordination of student services, financial accountability, and technological support.

- Provide structured graduate-level programs in a semester-long format that is readily accessible in a flexible manner through technologically sound, cost-effective educational systems.

- Provide effective interactions between students and faculty, as measured by at least a 90 percent positive rating on our end-of semester survey. All student complaints will be investigated by the Dean within 14 days.

Guided by our Mission statement and through work at faculty meetings, Agora University identifies three major Institutional Learning Outcomes as guides to all of the work of teaching and learning, community-building, and spiritual formation that shape its presence in Church and society.

These are:
1. To establish a community of Christian thinkers,
2. To build students spiritually and academically, to develop in character,
3. To witness in the contemporary world.

• Theological knowledge: a coherent understanding and spiritual encounter of the Orthodox Christian theological tradition in light of Eastern Christian wisdom.
• Theological skills: the ability to reflect, analyze, synthesize, communicate, interpret, and apply that tradition in a religiously and culturally diverse world.
• To create a communal environment that nurtures collaboration, inspires an apostolic spirit, and supports the development of the spiritual life appropriate to work and ministry in a changing world.
• Leadership skills: the ability to interact with others in a spirit of openness and collaboration, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Spiritual maturity: an integration of affective and intellectual growth and commitment to the practice of spiritual disciplines, both personal and communal.
• To affirm the richness of intercultural diversity through the ways in which we foster community, construct our learning environments, and invite students, staff, and faculty to share their intercultural experiences and insights as a means of shaping students’ academic understanding, spiritual development, and pastoral practice.
• Intercultural communication: an ability to interact with persons of diverse cultures with empathy, mutuality, and respect

These broad goals arise out of the ways in which students and faculty, staff, and public partners participate in the school’s programs. Each of these, in turn, aligns with Program Learning Outcomes for degree programs, and Student Learning Outcomes in individual courses.