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University of Cairo

جامعة القاهرة
Gāmaʿat al-Qāhirah
Thoth, the embodiment of knowledge, hieroglyphs, and wisdom.
Established 1908;  (1908)
Type Public
President Gaber Gad Nasar
Academic staff 12,158
Students 280,000

Giza, Giza, Egypt
30°01′39″N 31°12′37″E / 30.02760°N 31.21014°E / 30.02760; 31.21014Coordinates: 30°01′39″N 31°12′37″E / 30.02760°N 31.21014°E / 30.02760; 31.21014

Campus Urban
Former names Egyptian University
Fuʾād I University

Cairo University (Arabic: جامعة القاهرة‎, previously Egyptian University and Fuad University) is a public university in Giza, Egypt.


The university was founded on 21 December 1908, as the result of an effort to establish a national center for educational thought. Several constituent colleges preceded the establishment of the university including the College of Engineering (كلية الهندسة) in 1816, which was shut down by the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, Sa'id Pasha, in 1854. Cairo University was founded as a European-inspired civil university, in contrast to the religious university of Al Azhar, and became the prime indigenous model for other state universities. In 1928, the first group of female students enrolled at the university.[1]


Cairo University includes a School of Law and a School of Medicine. The Medical School, also known as Kasr Alaini (القصر العيني, Qasr-el-'Ayni), was one of the first medical schools in Africa and the Middle East. Its first building was donated by Alaini Pasha. It has since undergone extensive expansion. The first president of Cairo University, then known as the Egyptian University, was Professor Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed, who served from 1925 to 1941.[2]

New Central Library

A new Central Library is planned.[3]

Faculties and Institutes

  • Cairo University Center for Arabic Language and Culture (ALCC)
  • The Faculty of Sciences
  • The Faculty of Agriculture
  • The Faculty of Archaeology
  • The Faculty of Arts
  • The Faculty of Commerce
  • The Faculty of Computer and Information Science
  • The Faculty of Dar El-Ulum
  • The Faculty of Oral Dental Medicine
  • The Faculty of Economics and Political Science
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Law
  • The Faculty of Mass Communications
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • The Faculty of Pharmacy
  • The Faculty of Physiotherapy
  • The Faculty of Urban and Regional planning
  • The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Notable alumni

See also


External links

  • Cairo University official website
  • New KasrAlainy Teaching Hospital
  • Human Rights Watch: The Repression of Academic Freedom in Egyptian Universities.
  • Cairo University at NNDB
  • IEEE Cairo University Student Branch
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