Alexandria University

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Alexandria University
Alexandria University, Logo.png
Former names
Farouk I University (1938–1952)
Type Public
Established 1938
President Dr. Essam El-Kurdi
Administrative staff
Students 152305
Undergraduates 143553
Postgraduates 8752
Location Alexandria, Egypt
Campus Urban
Number Of Faculties 23

Alexandria University (Arabic: جامعة الإسكندرية‎) is a public research university in Alexandria, Egypt. It was established in 1938 as a satellite of Fouad University (the name of which was later changed to Cairo University), becoming an independent entity in 1942. It was known as Farouk University until the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 when its name was changed to the University of Alexandria. Taha Hussein was the founding rector of Alexandria University. It is now the second largest university in Egypt and has many affiliations to various universities for ongoing research.


Administration building, Alexandria University

At the time it became an independent institution in 1942, it had the following faculties:

In 1989, four faculties, located in Alexandria and administered by Helwan University, were annexed to Alexandria University. These are the faculties of Agriculture, Fine Arts, Physical Education for Boys and Physical Education for Girls.

Alexandria University Holds now 23 Faculties and Institutes as follows:

  • Faculty of Arts (1938)
  • Faculty of Law (1938)
  • Faculty of Commerce (1942)
  • Faculty of Engineering (1942)
  • Faculty of Science (1942)
  • Faculty of Agriculture (1942)
  • Faculty of Medicine (1942)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy (1947)
  • Faculty of Nursing (1954)
  • Faculty of Physical Education for Girls (1954)
  • Faculty of Physical Education for Boys (1955)
  • High Institute of Public Health (1956)
  • Faculty of Fine Arts (1957)
  • Faculty of Agriculture (Saba Basha) (1959)
  • Faculty of Education (1966)
  • Faculty of Dentistry (1970)
  • Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (1972)
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1975)
  • Institute of Medical Research (1975)
  • Faculty of Tourism and Hotels (1982)
  • Faculty of Specific Education (1988)
  • Faculty of kindergarten (1989)
  • Faculty of Economic Studies & Political Science (2014)

Alexandria University Also opened branches in African and Middle-Eastern Countries:

  • Chad Branch
  • Iraq Branch
  • South Sudan Branch
  • Matrouh Branch
    • Faculty of Education (1993)
    • Faculty of Desert and Environmental Agriculture (2006)
    • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: where is the part of twinning with the Faculty of Agriculture desert in Foka.
    • Faculty of Nursing: to provide the requirements of the health sector respect to the nursing in according to the needs of the Governorate
    • Faculty of Hotel Administration

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

  • William Linn Westermann (Visiting Professor 1948) – American papyrologist
  • Yahya El Mashad (Faculty of Engineering, 1952) – Egyptian nuclear physicist
  • Mohamed Hashish (Faculty of Engineering) – research scientist best known as the father of the abrasive water jet cutter
  • Mohammed Aboul-Fotouh Hassab (1913–2000) – professor of gastro-intestinal surgery; creator of surgical procedure known as Hassab's decongestion operation[1]
  • Mo Ibrahim (Faculty of Engineering) – Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire
  • Tawfiq Saleh (English literature, 1949) – film director[2]
  • Boshra Salem – professor, founder and the Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences[3]
  • Ahmed Zewail (Faculty of Science, 1967) – Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1999[4]
  • Azer Bestavros (Faculty of Engineering, 1984) – Warren Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Boston University, Boston, US
  • Rebecca Joshua Okwaci (English language, literature, and translation) - South Sudanese politician, and the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan


Alexandria University was ranked 147th worldwide based on Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2010–2011.[5] The 2010 rankings were controversial, as a single professor's practice of publishing a great number of articles in a journal of which he himself was the editor was identified as a crucial contributing factor for the high rating of Alexandra University.[6] Alexandria University is ranked 301+ worldwide based on Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2011–2012.[7] Alexandria University is ranked 601+ worldwide based on QS World University Rankings 2011/12.[8] It was ranked 701+ in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015.

As of 2017, it is 916 worldwide and 2nd in Egypt according to Webometrics' ranking of world universities.[9]

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Coordinates: 31°12′07″N 29°54′19″E / 31.20194°N 29.90528°E / 31.20194; 29.90528