University description (as per official university website)
In 1938, the nucleus of the Alexandria University had its beginning in the form of two satellite faculties of Fouad the First University. These were the faculties of Arts and Law. The faculty of Engineering was then established in 1941.
In the light of the need for developing more disciplines for higher learning and with a view towards meeting the need of the people of Alexandria, Alexandria University, formerly known as Farouk University, became a separate entity in August 1942 with four additional faculties: Science, Commerce, Medicine and Agriculture.
In 1952, it became "Alexandria University". Since then, the University witnessed growth and expansion in several fields: the number of Faculties and high institutes increased to 30. Some example of them are as follows:
Faculty of Nursing, 1954 (formerly, High Institute of Nursing)
Faculty of Pharmacy, 1956
High Institute of Public Health, 1963
Faculty of Education, 1969
Faculty of Dentistry, 1971
Medical Research Institute, 1971
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 1974
Institute of Graduate Studies & Research, 1983
Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, 1983
Alexandria University supervised the establishment of four satellite faculties in the Nile Delta. Those were: Faculty of Medicine in 1962 and Faculties of Science (1969) in Tanta (currently Tanta University), Education and Agriculture in 1969 in Kafr-Elsheikh (currently Kafr-Elsheikh University), which composed the nucleus of Tanta University.
Seven other Faculties were established in Damanhour, the capital of Behera Governorate: the Faculty of Education (1980), the Faculties of Arts, Agriculture, and Commerce (1983), and, very recently, three new Faculties: Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing (2007).
In 1989, the Faculties and Institute affiliated to Helwan University and located in Alexandria joined the University by a Presidential Decree: four Faculties of Physical Education for men, Physical Education for women, fine Arts, and agriculture at Saba-Basha.
A Faculty of Basic Education was also established in 1991 in Marsa-Matrouh Governorate, 300 Km west of Alexandria. In 1998, two Faculties affiliated to the ministry of Higher Education, joined the University: Kindergarten Teachers Training, and Specific Education.
Believing in its role towards Arab and African countries, Alexandria University established in 1960 in Beirut, Lebanon, "Beirut Arab University" which is run and supervised by educational and administrative cadres from Alexandria University. Very recently, Alexandria University is working on the establishment of a branch in Juba, south of Sudan, and in N'djamena in Tchad.
This vision acknowledges that higher education will be challenged to meet the needs of society in the 21st century. Alexandria University must be positioned to accept this challenge and responsibility so that it can continue to lead advances in educational and technological innovation, scientific discovery and creative expression by fostering an atmosphere of intellectual excitement and innovation. To exploit its comparative advantages and to identify opportunities for fruitful collaboration beyond its boundaries, Alexandria University remains committed to interdisciplinary research and education, not only within and across academic fields, departments, schools and colleges, but also across institutional, national and cultural boundaries. Alexandria University shall continue to focus its attention and resources where excellence and comparative advantage can be achieved in its mission.
Alexandria University will be a bold and innovative leader in providing an accessible, adaptable and challenging learning environment to develop graduates and research that meet the needs of its regional, national and international communities. As an academic institution, the University holds the intellectual and personal growth of the individual to be a central purpose. Its programs are designed to broaden perspectives, enrich awareness, deepen understanding, establish disciplined habits of thought, prepare for meaningful careers for students, and thus, to help develop individuals who are informed, responsible, and productive citizens.
Therefore, in addition to creation, preservation, transmission and application of knowledge through teaching, research and creative works, the mission of Alexandria University is to contribute to the society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
The University seeks to achieve this mission by committing itself to, and being accountable for:
Providing a student-centered educational environment to develop highly employable graduates who will be able to contribute to the economic social and cultural life of their university and wider communities and have the capacity for, and commitment to, continued personal and professional development.
Producing high-quality research of significance to its regions and the professions, and of national and international distinction.
Undertaking dynamic and sustČainČable regional engagements in response to recognizing the rapidly changing global environment and being committed to excellence in education, research and leadership development.
Ensuring effective resource management and generation.