On Monday 10th of July 2017, Alexandria University President Dr. Essam El-Kurdi participated in the activities of Dar el Maaref initiative under the slogan "Family reads…Nation promotes". The initiative extends until the end of next August with attendance of a group of intellectuals and writers.

The initiative was inaugurated by the Minister of Culture Mr. Helmy El Namnam, Alexandria Governor Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Chairman of Dar El Maaref Mr. Said Abdu, and Mr. Mohamed Amin the chief editor of October magazine.

AU President in his speech stated that the university will host a series of cultural exhibitions held by Dar El Maaref starting from next academic year as a service for faculty members, employees and students. He emphasized that the purpose such events is to disseminate culture and the rising a generations with positive and constructive ideas.

The exhibition includes more than 85 Egyptian publishers and many cultural seminars, and offers a discount of 20% on all editions.