Cairo University

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Cairo University
جامعة القاهرة
Gāmaʿat al-Qāhirah
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Thoth, the embodiment of knowledge, hieroglyphs, and wisdom.
Established 1908; 106 years ago (1908)
Type Public
President Gaber Gad Nasar
Academic staff 12,158
Students 280,000
Location 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
Cairo University Central Library

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]

Saad Zaghloul.

New Central Library[edit]

Cairo University Clock, photographed by Amr Rady.

A new Central Library is planned.[3]

Faculties and Institutes[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Further information: List of Cairo University alumni

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mariz Tudros (18–24 March 1999). "Unity in diversity". Al Ahram Weekly 421. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cairo University Presidents". Cairo University. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ New Central Library, Cairo University.

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