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University of Michigan students are being evacuated from Egypt

The University of Michigan says a group of U of M students are scheduled to leave Egypt Thursday as unrest continues in that country.   

The eight students were studying at the American University in Cairo when the Egyptian military ousted the government.    They were midway through a two-month cultural program offered through the U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Study, affiliated with the College of Literature Science, and the Arts. 

Other U of M students are scheduled to leave for Jordan and Morocco.

“The safety of our students is always important,” says James Holloway, U-M vice provost for global and engaged education. “No one wants her summer-abroad experience cut short, but the uncertainty of the situation in Cairo in the days ahead made this decision very clear for us.”

Last evening, a university spokesman said whereabouts of another student and a university faculty member travelling in Egypt were not known. 

The university requires all U-M faculty, staff and students to register their university-affiliated international travel plans. This provides a way for the university to reach all travelers in the case of an emergency.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.