Ain Shams University

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Ain Shams University
Ain Shams University-Zafarana Palace2.JPG
Established July 1950
Type Public
Admin. staff 8,800
Undergraduates 170,000
Location Cairo, Egypt
Campus Abbassia, Cairo

Ain Shams University (Arabic: جامعة عين شمس‎) is an institute of higher education located in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 1950, the university provides education at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.


Ain Shams University was founded in July 1950, the third-oldest non-sectarian native public Egyptian university (ancient Islamic universities such as Al-Azhar and private institutions such as the American University in Cairo are older), under the name of Ibrahim Pasha's University. The two earlier universities of this kind are Cairo University (Fuad I university) and Alexandria University (Farouk I university). When it was first established, Ain Shams University had a number of faculties and academic institutes, which were later developed into a university.[1]

The university's academic structure includes 14 faculties, 1 college and 2 high institutes plus 12 centers and special units.[2]

Faculties, colleges and institutes[edit]


Today, Ain Shams University has eight campuses. Two of them are in front of each other, separated by a main road; all of them are in Greater Cairo.[3]

Main Campus[edit]

Ain Shams University - Main Gate

The main campus is in Abbassiya, Cairo and houses the Administration and Management at the Zaafarana palace, Science Education Development Center, Central Library, Child Hood Center and the University City (students hostel), in addition to the faculties of Computer Science, Science, Law and Art.

Khalifa Mamoun Campus[edit]

School of Alsun

Across the street from the Main Campus, this campus houses the faculties of Commerce, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and el-Alsun (languages), Institute of Postgraduate Childhood and Institute of Environmental Studies and Research,with the Ain Shams Specialized Hospital and the Guests House.

Faculty of Medicine Campus[edit]

Located in Abbassiya square behind the Noor Mosque, is the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Nursing, in addition to the university teaching hospitals (Demerdash) and institutes.

Faculty Of Engineering Campus[edit]

Faculty of Engineering, main building

In 1839, the School of Technical Operations was founded which developed and became School of Arts and Industries in 1932, then later School of Applied Engineering. It continued to exercise its task until 1946 when a ministerial decree was issued giving the school the name of the Higher Institute of Engineering. When law No. 93 in 1950 was passed to establish Ibrahim Pacha University, the High Institute of Engineering became the nucleus of the Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty of Engineering, having completed its infrastructure and facilities, became one of the incorporated faculties of the University.

It is located in Abassiya (Abdu Basha), El Sarayat Street, a 15-minute walk from the main campus. Now this large campus houses the school of engineering and a small stadium.

Women's College[edit]

Women’s College For Arts, Science and Education is considered an integrated academic institution that combines humanities, basic, applied and educational sciences, home economics and child studies.


Faculty of Specific Education, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Agriculture are each on separate campuses in Abassyia, Heliopolis and Shoubra El-Kheima respectively.


According to the 2009 Webometrics World Universities rankings (aimed to promote Web publication, not to rank institutions [2]), Ain Shams University is ranked 3rd in Egypt and 15th in Africa. [3]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Prof. Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observations and photography. He was born on January 2, 1938 in Zagazig. He received a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams University. Currently, Dr. El-Baz is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A. He is Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of America Foundation, Boulder, CO, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.
  • Prof. Mostafa El-Sayed an Egyptian-American chemical physicist, a leading nanoscience researcher, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a US National Medal of Science laureate. He is also known for the spectroscopy rule named after him, the El-Sayed rule. He earned his B.Sc from Ain Shams University faculty of Science in 1953.
  • Prof. Kamilia Abdelfattah Professor of psychology and founder, first head and moderator of the childhood high institute of post graduates ( Ain shams univ.) and the childhood center (Cairo univ.), founder and first head of childhood nursery college (Cairo univ.), The first who used children group psychology treatments, The woman of the year 1997 in who is who encyclopedia UK and Cambridge university.
  • Prof Samy Azer, an Egyptian-Australian, Professor of Medical Education and an eminent international leader in Medical Education and Problem-Based Learning in Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA *Biography. Who's Who in America.[4]
  • Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu graduated from faculty of Science in 1966 (born 1943 in Cairo) is a Turkish science historian and currently the Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest public international organisation after the United Nations.
  • Tarek Heggy is an Egyptian liberal political thinker and international petroleum strategist.
  • Fadel Soliman, is the director of Bridges Foundation, an international organization aiming to Bridge the gap between Muslims and non Muslims. He has graduated from Faculty of Engineering, Department of Communication and Electronics at Ain Shams University.
  • Ali Gomaa the Grand Mufti of Egypt currently. He graduated from faculty of Commerce in 1973.
  • Mohammed Mahdi Akef is the head of the Muslim Brotherhood. He graduated from the Faculty of Law Ain Shams University.
  • Ammar el-Shereay the blind composer, graduated from the faculty of arts (English section) in 1970. He died in December 2012.[5]
  • Awatef Serag Eldin the social activist and head of Garden city lions club. Graduated from faculty of Arts.[6]
  • Sayed Shehata Giza governorate governor. Graduated from faculty of engineering in 1967.[7]
  • Dr Abdel-Moniem El-Ganayni is an Egyptian-born American nuclear physicist as senior scientist at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Physics from Ain Shams University Faculty of Science in 1973.
  • Ahmed Al-Azayda the Jordonian politician, graduated from faculty of engineering in 1973.[8]
  • Younan Labib Rizk the historian, journalist and writer. He graduated on 1955 from the faculty of arts.[citation needed]
  • Prof Ahmed Okasha, President of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association and President of World Psychiatric Association (WPA) from 2002 through 2005[9][10]
  • Prof Ahmed Sami Khalifa, pediatric hematologist who was given the National Encouragement Award in Medical Sciences in 1982, and the National Recognition Award in Advanced Technological Sciences in 1998.[11]
  • Prof Paul Ghalioungui, internist and medical history writer (Arabic and Pharonic)[12][13]
  • Prof Abdel Moniem Ashour, psychogeriatrician, one of the founders of the International Psychogeriatrics Association (IPA), writer and founder of the Al-Zehimer Egypt Association.[14][15]
  • Prof Hamdy El-Sayed, head of Parliament's Health Committee and Chairman of the Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate[16]
  • Prof Mohammed Awad Tagg Eldin, respiratory disease professor and former Minister of Health[17]
  • Prof Maher Mahran, obstetrician, former Minister for Population and Family Welfare, and former Secretary General of the National Population Council of Egypt[18][19][20]
  • Rafik Habib (born 1959), Christian (Coptic) Egyptian researcher, activist, author, and politician.
  • Prof Fawzia Fahim, biochemist researcher on anti-tumor activity of venoms and iodoacetate.[21]
  • Prof Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, architect often hailed as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture.
  • Alwi Shihab, the Indonesia's Presidential envoy to the Middle-East
  • His Excellency Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's Ambassador to the United States[22]
  • Abeer Hamza, lecturer of Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • Eng. Eman Abdel Ghaffar, studied engineering at the university
  • Yasser Abdel Hafez, novelist and journalist with Akhbar Al-Adab, studied Law at the university.

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Coordinates: 30°4′37.28″N 31°17′6.06″E / 30.0770222°N 31.2850167°E / 30.0770222; 31.2850167