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Alexandria University

Alexandria University
Former names
Farouk University (1938–1952)
PresidentAbdelaziz Konsowa
Administrative staff
Number Of Faculties23

Alexandria University (Arabic: جامعة الإسكندرية) is a public 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 after 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.

Alexandria University is one of the largest universities in Egypt, and the third university established after Cairo University and the American University in Cairo. Alexandria University has 21 faculties and 3 institutes[1] that teach different types of social, medical, engineering, mathematics and other science. The university had other branches in Egypt outside Alexandria in Damanhour[2] and Matrouh [3] which later became two independent universities. and International Branch in New Borg El Arab city.[4][5] Other branches have been set up outside Egypt in Juba, South Sudan,[6] and in N'Djamena,[7] the capital of the Republic of Chad.


  • Abdelaziz Konsowa, president of Alexandria University
  • Ashraf Elghandour, vice president for graduate studies and research
  • Wael Nabil, vice president for education and student affairs
  • Mohamed Abdel Azim Aboul Naga, vice president for community service and environmental development


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 now holds 24 faculties and institutes as follows:

  • Faculty of Arts (1938)
  • Faculty of Law (1938)
  • Faculty of business (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 Education for Early Childhood (1989) [8]
  • Faculty of Economic Studies & Political Science (2014)
  • Faculty of Computing and Data Science (2019)[9]


Alexandria University also opened branches inside Egypt and African and Middle Eastern countries:

  • Chad branch (2010)
  • South Sudan branch (2014)



University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[10]601–700 (2023)
QS World[11]901–950 (2024)
THE World[12]801–1000 (2024)
USNWR Global[13]=611 (2023)

Alexandria University was ranked 147th worldwide based on Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2010–2011.[14] 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 Alexandria University.[15] Alexandria University is ranked 1001+ worldwide based on Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2020.[16] Alexandria University is ranked 801-1000+ worldwide based on QS World University Rankings 2021.[17] It is ranked 701-800 worldwide and 2nd in Egypt based on Shanghai ranking 2020.[18]

Notable alumni and faculty

  • Fawzia Al-Ashmawi (College of Arts, 1965) – Egyptian academic at University of Geneva
  • Azer Bestavros (Faculty of Engineering, 1984) – Warren Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Boston University, Boston, US
  • Mervat Seif el-Din – classical archaeologist and egyptologist, former director of the Graeco-Roman Museum[19][20]
  • Mostafa El-Abbadi – professor and historian[21]
  • 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
  • Mo Ibrahim (Faculty of Engineering) – Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire
  • Yahya El Mashad (Faculty of Engineering, 1952) – Egyptian nuclear physicist
  • 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
  • Tawfiq Saleh (English literature, 1949) – film director[22]
  • Boshra Salem – professor, founder and the Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences[23]
  • William Linn Westermann (Visiting Professor 1948) – American papyrologist
  • Magdy Younes – Canadian physician, medical researcher and academic
  • Moustafa Youssef (Faculty of Engineering, 1997) – Egyptian computer scientist and engineer. First and only ACM fellow in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Ahmed Zewail (Faculty of Science, 1967) – Nobel Prize in chemistry, 1999[24]

See also


  1. ^ Alexandria University's faculties
  2. ^ "Historical abstract". Retrieved 2024-05-10.
  3. ^ Matrouh separated from Alexandria University and turned into an independent university-Arabic source
  4. ^ "Dr. Essam Al-Kordi, inspected a land of 339-acre, facilities and university hospital in Borg Al-Arab". Alexandria University. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Establishment of the Faculty of Al-Alsun and Applied Languages and an international branch in Borg El Arab". 29 October 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  6. ^ Juba Branch
  7. ^ N'djamena branch
  8. ^ The Faculty of Kindergarten changed its name to the Faculty of Education for Early Childhood
  9. ^ Establishment of the Faculty of Computing and Data Science-Arabic source
  10. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023". Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings: Alexandria University". Top Universities. 29 June 2023. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Alexandria University". Times Higher Education (THE). 28 September 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  13. ^ U.S. News. "Alexandria University". Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  14. ^ "World University Rankings 2010–2011". Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  15. ^ Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings, The New York Times 14 November 2010.
  16. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". Top Universities. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  18. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2020 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 | Top 1000 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2020". Archived from the original on 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  19. ^ "Alexandrian Art in Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Period". Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  20. ^ "The Boubasteion and the first Greek immigrants to Alexandria".
  21. ^ "Who is Mostafa El-Abbadi? Google Doodle celebrates Egyptian historian". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  22. ^ "Egyptian renowned film director Tawfiq Saleh dies at 87". Al-Ahram. 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  23. ^ "Dr. Boshra Salem inducted into U.S. Department of State's Women in Science Hall of Fame". International Council for Science. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  24. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999". Retrieved 2013-02-04.

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