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The German University in Cairo (abbreviated to GUC; Arabic: الجامعة الألمانية بالقاهرةEl Gam‘a El Almāniya Bel Qāhira) is a private non-profit university in New Cairo City, Egypt. GUC was founded in 2002 according to Egyptian law. The University of Stuttgart and the University of Ulm, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, are among the main academic supporters of the GUC.[1]

German University in Cairo
الجامعة الألمانية بالقاهرة
TypePrivate
Established2003
PresidentYasser Hegazy
Location,
CampusNew Cairo, Egypt and Berlin, Germany
Websiteguc.edu.eg
The inauguration ceremony of the GUC in 2003, attended by then-president Hosni Mubarak and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

GUC offers more than 70 study programs leading to the degrees of B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. according to the Bologna Process. The language of instruction is English. The study programs are designed according to German standards and are accredited in Egypt and Germany (by ACQUIN). Far more than 10,000 students are enrolled at GUC, which has become the largest transnational education institute from the German perspective.[2][3]

GUC is located in the Southeast of Cairo. The campus of 577.000 m² includes various sports facilities as well as an industry park and a solar park for the integration of education, research and application.[4] GUC also operates a guesthouse in Ulm and a campus in Berlin with the aim of fostering the mobility of students, researchers and instructors to Germany.[5]

GovernanceEdit

The German University in Cairo embraces the faculties of Information Engineering & Technology, Media Engineering & Technology, Engineering & Material Sciences, Management Technology, Pharmacy & Biotechnology, Applied Sciences & Arts, Law and Legal Studies as well as Postgraduate Studies & Scientific Research.[6]

Based on its charter the University is independent and self-governing: the Board of Trustees is in charge of basic oversight, and independently, the University Council advises the University President and Vice Presidents on academic matters. Personalities from Germany and Egypt serve on both committees. Members of the Board of Trustees include:[7]

  • Ashraf Mansour (Chairman; GUC Prime Founder)[8]
  • Hans Wolff (Vice Chairman; former Rector of Ulm University)
  • Karl Joachim Ebeling (former Rector of Ulm University)
  • Ibrahim El-Dimeery (former Egyptian Minister of Transport)
  • Peter Frankenberg (former Minister of Science, Research and Arts of the German state of Baden-Württemberg)
  • Dieter Fritsch (former Rector of Stuttgart University)
  • Julius Georg Luy (German Ambassador to Egypt)
  • Gamal Nada (Judge, former President of Egyptian Council of State)
  • Arend Oetker (President of the German Donors' Association “Stifterverband”)
  • Wolfram Ressel (Rector of Stuttgart University)
  • Dorothea Rüland (General Secretary, German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Michael Weber (Rector of Ulm University)
  • Ulrich Zürn (Chartered Accountant, Ulm)

Public PerceptionEdit

The German Academic Exchange Service recognizes the GUC as one of the "outstanding transnational education projects"[9] and estimates that some 250 to 300 GUC graduates are concurrently doing Master’s or doctoral degrees in Germany.[10]

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research sees the GUC, above all, in the continuity of German-Egyptian educational cooperation. "The first ‘German’ private university abroad (established as a private institution under Egyptian law) is of great political importance in the longstanding tradition of German-Egyptian education cooperation, which started more than a hundred years ago when German parochial schools were established in Cairo and Alexandria."[11]

Egyptian parents and students consider GUC as one of the best educational choices where the benefits of German-standard education, mobility to Germany and high employability far outweigh the negatives such as substantial tuition fees.[12] At the time of the "Arab Spring" and the regime change in Egypt, some protests also focused on GUC; since then students can choose their student representatives.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "German University in Cairo - About GUC". www.guc.edu.eg. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  2. ^ "Transnational, Bi-national, International? The German approach." https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/projekte/studienangebote/eaie-summer_forum_2014_tne_the_german_approach_sg__sk.pdf
  3. ^ "15 years German University in Cairo". www.uni-ulm.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  4. ^ "German University in Cairo - About GUC". www.guc.edu.eg. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  5. ^ "GUC Berlin". www.guc-berlin.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  6. ^ "German University in Cairo - Faculties". www.guc.edu.eg. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  7. ^ "German University in Cairo - President's Cabinet". www.guc.edu.eg. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  8. ^ "Prof. Dr. Ashraf Mansour". www.daad.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  9. ^ "90 Years DAAD: Festive evening in Berlin". www.daad.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  10. ^ "Transnational Education in Germany." DAAD Position Paper. https://www.daad.de/medien/der-daad/analysen-studien/tne-position_paper.pdf
  11. ^ "Egypt - BMBF". Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  12. ^ "Costs and benefits of German education in Egypt". AW. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  13. ^ "German University students battle administration on freedom of expression". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2019-03-20.