Zewail City of Science and Technology

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Zewail City of Science and Technology
Motto“Egypt Can”
Founder(s)Ahmed Zewail
EstablishedJanuary 1, 2000
PresidentProf. Sherif Sedky [1]
Location6th of October City, Giza, Egypt

Zewail City of Science and Technology is a nonprofit, independent institution of learning, research and innovation. The concept of the City was proposed in 1999 and its cornerstone laid on January 1, 2000. After numerous delays, the project was revived by the Egyptian cabinet's decree on May 11, 2011 following the January 25 Revolution. The Cabinet labeled it a National Project for Scientific Renaissance and named it Zewail City of Science and Technology. Zewail City of Science and Technology with its three constituents – the university, research institutes, and technology park – is designed to bring about effective participation in 21st Century science, to elevate local technologies to the world level, and to increase national productivity.[2]


Zewail city main entrance in 6 of October City.
Zewail city of Science and Technology main entrance in 6th of October City

The cornerstone of Zewail City of Science and Technology was laid on January 1, 2000 in the Sheikh Zayed District of 6th of October City, Giza. Present at the ceremony were Ahmed Zewail, then Prime Minister Atef Ebeid, and a number of ministers including Ahmed Nazif, who later became involved in his capacity as Prime Minister.[3]
After many delays in the City’s establishment, the January 25 revolution in 2011 led to the revival of the initiative, and Ahmed Zewail was asked by the Egyptian government to form the Supreme Advisory Board and re-launch the initiative on its original site.[4] On May 11, 2011 the Cabinet of Ministers issued a decree to establish the National Project for Scientific Renaissance, and named it Zewail City of Science and Technology.
The City was officially inaugurated on November 1, 2011 in two buildings belonging to the Egyptian government on the Sheikh Zayed premises. The final legal status was established when the City was granted a law that outlines the City’s aims and constituents, as well as its financial and administrative structures.

In March 2015, Samih Sawiris donated 100 million Egyptian pounds to the City.[5]

Research Institutes[edit]

Zewail city of science and technology currently has seven research institutes with further plans to increase this number to twelve. The main intention of the city is to cover all scientific fields required for development of the Egyptian society. The current institutes are:[6]

Helmy Institutes for Medical Sciences (HIMS)[edit]

  • Center for Aging and Associated Diseases (CAAD)
  • Center of Excellence for Stem Cells Research and Regenerative Medicine (CESC)
  • Center for Genomics (CG)

NBE Institute for Nanoscience and Informatics (INI)[edit]

  • Center for Nanotechnology (CNT)
  • Center for Nanoelectronics and Devices
  • Center for Materials Science

Institute for Imaging and Visualization (IIV)[edit]

  • Center for Imaging and Microscopy
  • Center for X-Ray Determination of the Structure of Matter

Institute for Basic Sciences (IBS)[edit]

  • Center for Fundamental Physics (CFP)

Institute for Energy, Environment and Space (IEES)[edit]

  • Center for Photonics and Smart Materials (CPSM)

Institute for Economics and Global Affairs(IEGA)[edit]

  • Talaat Harb Center for Economics and Development (THC)

Institute for Virtual Education (IVE)[edit]

  • Center for Learning Technologies (CLT)

Expansion Plans[edit]

Former Egyptian president Adly Mansour issued a decree on April 9, 2014 granting 198 acres to Zewail City for the construction of the new campus in the October Gardens of 6 October City. In March 2015, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decreed that the new campus be built by the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces and inaugurated in a one-year time frame.[7] Zewail City’s University of Science and Technology and Research Institutes are now fully operational at the Sheikh Zayed campus until construction of the new campus is completed. The headquarters is also fully functional in Cairo’s Garden City. Further plans include discussing the possibility of opening another campus for the city in the New Suez Canal region during the coming years.[8]


  1. ^ https://www.zewailcity.edu.eg/main/post_details.php?lang=en&alias=zewail_city_welcomes_sherif_sedky_as_its_new_executive_president
  2. ^ Technology, Zewail City of Science and. "Zewail City of Science and Technology". zewailcity.edu.eg. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ Technology, Zewail City of Science and. "Overview". www.zewailcity.edu.eg. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  4. ^ Zewail, Ahmed (2011-06-22). "A Compass of Hope for Egypt:The New "City for Science & Technology" Is the Aswan Dam for the 21st Century". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. ^ "Egyptian business tycoon donates $13M to Zewail City". The Cairo Post. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  6. ^ Technology, Zewail City of Science and. "Research Institutes". www.zewailcity.edu.eg. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  7. ^ "Presidential advisory council formed to find non-traditional solutions: Zewail - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  8. ^ "Egypt: Russia to Carry Out Projects in Suez Canal Corridor". Egypt State Information Service (Cairo). 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2017-10-27.