Established in 1908, Cairo University has been always the pioneer university not only in Egypt, but in all the Arab World. It is ranked among best 500 universities in the world according to Shanghai ranking and first in Egypt and Arab World.
Internationalization is considered a pillar in its strategic plan to ensure the role it has been playing since its foundation. This international approach is to be achieved through active participation in Research and Educational projects with international partners. Steps were taken in this respect such as the establishment of an International Students’ Office or adopting flexible policies to foster cooperation through Memorandums of Understanding with institutions worldwide. More support is given to researchers and academic to engage in internationally funded projects. The recent decision of establishing a new office of international relations is a significant entity that reflects such strategy.
CU has always played a significant role in leading HE, Science and Innovation in Egypt and the Region. CU has 25 Faculties & Institutes covering all areas of knowledge. Three Nobel Prize winners are graduated from CU. It is ranked among the top 500 universities. Recent statistics shows total number of enrolled students is approx. 240,000; academic staff approx. 11,000 (68%Ph.D. holders). International Cooperation is one of the priorities in the University Strategic Plan covering mobility, exchange programs, joint degrees and international research projects.
As a leading university in the region, the entrepreneurship and innovation were considered by establishing centers that can provide be interested in entrepreneurship research and training of youth for small and medium businesses. More work and support is needed in these areas for building capacity and knowledge transfer with application of advanced methodologies. This will maximize the benefit for young people and will have a great impact in the research areas at Cairo University.