Cairo University

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جامعة القاهرة
Cairo University
founding 1908
Sponsorship state
place Giza
country EgyptEgypt Egypt
president Mohamed Osman Elkhosht
Students 200,000
Employee 12,158
Networks FUIW
View from the east of the main entrance and main building; on the right the oldest building on the campus with the faculty for languages ​​(picture from the 1990s)
" Fu'ad I University 1925-50": Egyptian postage stamp with inscription in Arabic and French
Obama in his 2009 speech
Central Library (2012)
Building complex for exams (2012)

The University of Cairo ( in Arabic جامعة القاهرة Jamiat al-Qahira ), with 200,000 students and almost 18,000 academic employees, isthe second largest university in Africa and one of the largest in the worldafter al-Azhar University in Cairo. It is also the second oldest in Cairo, although some older technical colleges, including the Dār al-ʿulūm , were incorporated into the University of Cairo at a later date. The main campus of the university is in Giza near the Nile and in the immediate vicinity of the Giza Zoo .


The university was founded on December 21, 1908 under the name of the Egyptian University ( Arabic الجامعة المصرية) was founded as a private university. The first university rector was Prince Fu'ad, who later became King Fu'ad I (1917–1936) , until his resignation in 1913 . In 1925 the university was the first to be nationalized in Egypt. Later facilities such as the engineering school founded in 1821 ( Mohandes chana  /مهندسخانة) affiliated. In 1940 it was renamed the University of Fu'ads I after the king who had died four years earlier (جامعة فؤاد الأول). After the military coup in Egypt in 1952 , it was given its current name in accordance with a decree in September 1953.

On June 4, 2009, US President Barack Obama - in the presence of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton , among others - gave his much-acclaimed speech to the Islamic world in the main building of Cairo University . It had long been announced in advance that Obama, who took office in January of that year, would give a speech in an Arab capital; the choice of the capital was initially kept secret. Only a select audience was admitted to the speech.

University today

The language of instruction and administration today is basically Arabic (Standard Arabic or Egyptian ), some events (e.g. in political science ) are also held in English or French .

The rector of Cairo University is Ali Abdel-Rahman (status:?).

The university campus is generally only accessible to members of the university, i.e. mainly lecturers and students. The entrances are therefore usually checked and tourists , for example, are turned away.


Students and lecturers were or are among others:

See also

Web links

Commons : Cairo University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. ^ List of Members. (pdf) In: Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World, 2017, p. 17 , accessed on September 1, 2019 .
  3. no author details (June 4, 2009). Obama reaches out to Muslim world. BBC (accessed March 13, 2011)
  4. ^ Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Hans Rudolf Berndorff : That was my life. Kindler & Schiermeyer, Bad Wörishofen 1951; cited: Licensed edition for Bertelsmann Lesering, Gütersloh 1956, pp. 322-325.
  5. Lara Marlowe (May 8, 2014). Omar Sharif: from desert prince to alone in Paris. Irish Times (accessed October 11, 2017)

Coordinates: 30 ° 1 ′ 39.4 ″  N , 31 ° 12 ′ 36.5 ″  E