German University in Cairo

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The German University in Cairo
الجامعة الألمانية بالقاهرة
Established 2003
Type Private
President Dr. Mahmoud Hashem
Location Cairo, Egypt
Campus New Cairo, Egypt and Berlin, Germany

The German University in Cairo (GUC, Arabic: الجامعة الألمانية بالقاهرةal-gamaʿa al-almāniyya bil-Qāhira, German: Deutsche Universität in Kairo[1]) is a university in New Cairo City, Cairo, Egypt. The language of instruction is English.

Desert view from GUC

Presidential decree 27/2002 established the university.[1] The State University of Stuttgart and the State University of Ulm are the patrons of this university.[2]

It's an independent English language, liberal arts university located in New Cairo, Egypt, and non-profit oriented German-Egyptian private institution, managed by a consortium of Germans and Egyptians with the vision of building a leading center of excellence in teaching and research that will effectively contribute to the general welfare nationally and internationally and endeavour the scientific, technical, economic and cultural cooperation between Egypt and Germany.

The University offers German-European styled learning programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, along with a continuing education program. GUC's faculty members, adjunct teaching staff and visiting lecturers are internationally diverse and include academics, business professionals, diplomats, journalists, writers and others from the Germany, Egypt and other countries. The German university in Cairo- Deutsche Universität in Kairo is established in cooperation with the State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Embassy in Cairo, the Arab/German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, The State University of Tübingen and The State University of Mannheim.


The German University in Cairo was founded in October 2003 by German and Egyptian delegates headed by the Egyptian President and the German Chancellor inaugurated the German University in Cairo in an unprecedented event in both educational and research fields. It is the first integrated German university outside Germany that has 3 Bologna cycles, namely B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD offering 71 study programs (31 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate). GUC focuses on integrating Academia, Research, and Industry together for the best practices model of education.

In 2007, GUC inaugurated the first Industrial Park that is linked to education and research in the Africa and the Middle East. It is described by professionals as “the state-of-the-art approach in combining Education, Research, Practice, and Industry in one institute”. GUC is the first university to operate an Industrial Park that is integrated in the core activities of the students

In 2007, GUC inaugurated the Guest House in the heart of Ulm as a basic step to host the researchers, academics, and students in exchange programs with different sister universities.

Moving on to an unpreceded achievement, in 2011 GUC inaugurated The German University in Cairo-Berlin office, as a step forward to promote international research and education activities. Researchers from both Egypt & Germany cooperate on closer research activities in Pharmaceutical, Engineering, as well as in Management fields. By 2012, German University in Cairo established The Berlin campus in the heart of Berlin City. This visionary step aims to facilitate the transfer of not only the German know-How but also the European technical knowledge to the GUC international calibers. Having a branch in Germany helped the GUC students and graduates to be the best representative and the vivid example of what excellence in education and in research can be. This facilitates the cultural exposure, the orientation to industrial achievements, and the involvement in the European/German world economy.

GUC went for a further step in quality enhancement by being accredited by ACQUIN. Based on International standards GUC degrees are accredited by AQUIN. This accreditation supports international scholars and top ranked calibers in the international labor market.

German University in Cairo is located on 577000 m2. The Campus includes a 70400 m2 sports area, 77500 m2 industrial Park in one of the most high-high tech educational complex in the arena. The idea to establish the GUC was initiated by Prof. Ashraf Mansour, who studied at the Universität Ulm as a DAAD scholarship candidate and Alexander von Humboldt Laureate. He received his Ph.D, his Habilitation as well as his Professorship in Ulm. Prof. Mansour was inspired by the stimulating research environment in which theory was closely linked to scientific practice and decided in the 90’s to proceed with all necessary means/efforts to transfer this model to Egypt through the establishment of a private university named: “German University in Cairo”. Extensive efforts to gather potential high caliber/supporters for this, at the time, “Visionary” idea from close friends to family-members locally and from German friends gained through years of study in Germany, allowed for the significant milestone of signing a presidential decree in 2002, as a 100% privately financed university.

Now, The German University in Cairo is the largest Educational Institute that covers research that is linked to industry, academic programs that are associated to business and covers activities that are linked to the society with 10000 students in undergraduates program, and more than 500 in post graduate studies. It is the only integrated German university outside Germany that has 3 Bologna cycles, namely B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D offering 71 study programs (31 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate).

Patron Universities and Partners[edit]

GUC is established under the patronage of:

and in cooperation with and support of :

There is an agreement between the GUC and the Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart that:

  • The study program will be approved by both sides to fulfill all requirements of the German and Egyptian university degrees as well as to meet the international standards.
  • The Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart intend to provide the GUC with the required technical assistance as well as the teaching staff according to their capacity. However, in case of any lack in personnel, they will assist in selecting qualified German staff from other German institutions.
  • The Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart will assist in assuring the quality of teaching in cooperation with the GUC. It is further planned to widen this scope of cooperation with other German Universities.
  • The language of instruction is English, while the German language is obligatorily taught for four consecutive semesters to give the students a concrete base of the language to prepare them for internships and mutual exchange programs with German universities. The students are encouraged to continue learning the German language so that they graduate mastering an additional language beside their English.


Since many ages ago, Egypt has been regarded upon as the center of the world. It is not only due to Egypt’s central geographic location, but also because as far back as seven thousand years, Egypt stood to be the land of where civilizations met. This, not only placed Egypt in a natural leading position within Africa, but also placed it as one of the key pioneering countries amongst the whole world. Egypt in its flourishing times of being a mighty empire lead by Pharaohs, Greeks, Romans and later by Islamic leaders has broke new solid grounds in technology and science. Those times were the peak times of innovation that lead the world today to following its footsteps.

Cairo, or the once called “Al Fustat” meaning “City of the Tents” is Egypt’s first Arab capital. In many ways, Cairo is Egypt, a capital that dominates the country exactly as it dominates the Arabic culture. Cairo, the now called “Al Qahira” meaning the “Triumphant” , has been playing the role of a magnet that draws people from all over the country promising a better life and future as well as the focal point to people from all around the world being “glamorous Cairo”, one of the world’s greatest cities.

Located on the banks of the Nile River in the north of Egypt, Cairo is a blend of history and modernism. Visiting Cairo has always been an exciting adventure to all people where one could lively experience its culture, feel the warmth of its people, and enjoy visiting its historical ancient Egypt. A major excitement of visiting Cairo is its night life. From dusk till the crack of dawn, people seem to be practicing their normal lives. And this is why Cairo has been named “The City That Never Sleeps”. Continuous 24 hours of enjoying its national restaurants, walking by the Nile River for clear fresh air, strolling in its famous Khan El Khalili ancient market or catching a variety of national films or plays in its theaters and cinemas.

Touristic places in Cairo are a mixture of ancient and modern places. Some of which are Egypt’s famous Pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx, Sound and Light shows, The Egyptian Museum, Cairo Opera House, Cairo International Conference Center, Cairo Tower, Pharaonic Village, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, The Citadel and public gardens and parks.

A lot of Cairo’s must see destinations are its Islamic monuments. Some of which are; Fortress of Salah Al Din, Mosque of Amr Ibn Al Aas, Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, Al Azhar Mosque, Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Al Refai Mosque and many more. It is thus not by coincidence that Cairo is named “The City of a Thousand Minarets”. For Cairo’s elegancy and beauty comes from the considerable number of high domes of its precious treasury of those mosques seen lighting in different colors during the night.

Cairo has long been the center of education not only for Egypt but for the whole Arab world. Cairo has the largest number and best quality educational schools and universities among other governorates or cities of Egypt. The fact that draws students from all around the country as well as the Middle East to come to Cairo to get their education. As of the million things that can be done in Cairo, the city came to be a very exciting city for students. Students can be seen practicing sports in the clubs, walking in the gardens, shopping in the malls, enjoying a meal with friends or sipping some coffee or juice in one of its coffee shops.

Cairo in itself is an overwhelming city and an unforgettable living experience for all those who gave it a visit. For indeed it is the center of the world.

Governance and administration[edit]

The German University in Cairo is an independent educational institution governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. In addition, there is a panel of trustees emeriti that functions as an advisory board. The Board has its own by-laws and elects a chairperson for an annual term.

German Academic & Public Figures

Prof. Dr. Peter Frankenberg Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Prof. Dr. Hans Wolff Vice-Chairman of Board of Trustees, President of Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) & Former Rector, University of Ulm

H. E. Michael Bock German Ambassador to Egypt

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel Rector, University of Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Karl Joachim Ebeling Rector, University of Ulm

Prof. Dr. Dieter Fritsch Former Rector, University of Stuttgart

Dr. Arend Oetker President Stifterverband, a German industry initiative promoting science and higher education

Egyptian Academic & Public Figures

  • Prof. Dr. Ashraf Mansour

Prime Founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees

  • Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hashem Abdel-Kader

University President

  • Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq

Former Minister of Awqaf-Endowments

  • Prof. Dr. Ibrahim El-Dimeery

Former Minister of Transportation

  • Prof. Dr. Amin Mubarak

President of Industry Committee

Board Members

  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Khalil Abdel-Khalek.
  • Prof. Dr. Nadia Aziz Yassin.
  • Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim.
  • Dr. Eng. Mohamed Allam Khaled.
  • Eng. Abdel-Fattah Mansour (Vice Chairman for Planning & Development).
  • Prof. Dr. Kamal El-Din Zaki.
  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fawzy Badii.
  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Saleh.
  • Prof. Dr. Fathi Saad.
  • Eng. Essam Hamouda (Secretary General).


The GUC offers outstanding undergraduate curricula to its students. Those programs are instructed by exceptional professors, PhD holders and scholars of internationally recognized research and academic institutes. We are proud to have such a uniquely selected staff that brings about perfection to our students and to our institute. It is this team that nourishes the GUC and promotes its reputation to become one of the leading educational institutes in Egypt.

Undergraduate and graduate schools

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts.
  • Faculty of Engineering and Materials Science.
  • Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology.
  • Faculty of Media Engineering and Technology.
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology.
  • Faculty of Management Technology.
  • Faculty of Postgraduate studies and Scientific Research.

Student Activities

Most of the student activities at GUC are organized by the students and for the students and address a wide variety of social, political and economic issues.


  1. ^ a b "About GUC." German University in Cairo. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "History." German University in Cairo. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.