The British University in Egypt
University description (as per official university website)
Since 1998, one ambition was set by the British and the Egyptian governments, that ambition was the formation of the British University in Egypt (BUE) that could produce graduates of UK standards to enter key sectors of the Egyptian economy. A group of UK universities, led by Loughborough University, will provide the academic direction, teaching and quality management processes thereby ensuring the 'British' quality of the education.
BUE welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2005 when they began their degree studies on a brand new state-of-the-art campus. Further developments now completed include a large-scale auditorium and conference facilities, a new library, staff buildings, and a recreational complex. Located in El Sherouk, the University campus covers approximately 50 acres (feddans) of land.
The BUE is focused on encouraging personal integrity and academic excellence alongside fostering forward thinking philosophies, innovation and teamwork spirit. Being research led, the British style of education focuses on making students learn how to think; not what to think which encourages students to develop problem-solving and analytical skills through the personalised and independent approach to learning. Employers regard these skills highly.
BUE is not only an educational institution, but also a thriving social and cultural centre with much to offer students of any age, nationality or social background.
The University operates within the framework of the UK Quality Assurance Agency and provides degrees in a similar style and to an equivalent standard to UK programmes. The BUE and Loughborough University (LU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. LU, which is ranked the sixth among UK Universities, has developed a formal partnership, under which LU would validate BUE's undergraduate programmes.
BUE is now firmly established and well placed to become a leading university in the region and to establish a global reputation as a high quality teaching and research institution.
The British University in Egypt (BU) seeks to be an efficient, effective and modern university, recognized for its high quality excellence centre of education and research. To adopt this vision, the BUE with its strong academic partnership with Loughborough University (LU) had developed and clearly identified its long term academic higher education model which is based on five criteria:
5. Adoption of modern technologies.
The overall mission of the university is:
1. To provide a British-style of education of the highest quality supplying graduates that feed and stimulate industry, social and
public services and commercial activities of Egypt, the Middle East and beyond;
2. To produce graduates with degrees that are internationally recognized as equivalent to degrees awarded in the UK and who embrace
both professional standards and new technologies and concepts in a global context;
3. To undertake high quality basic and applied research of relevance to the economy of Egypt and the Middle East, and to provide the technical
and business skills that attract inward investment and satisfy the demand of labour markets in the new era of science and technology of the
twenty first century;
4. To use its unique position and international partnerships to contribute to social development and to facilitate dialogue and understanding across
British, Egyptian and other cultures.
5. To maintain an effective governance and management system which is primarily directed to build on the BUE comparative advantages and points
of strength in order to achieve its education, research and community services objectives, and develop sustainable human
resource including capable academic staff and efficient administrative employees.
The University’s General Objectives are:
To provide an academic environment which encourages and draws together research, learning and teaching and engagement with the social, professional and business communities to underpin high quality academic provision;
To offer a range of academic programmes and a learning environment which is attractive to both Egyptian and international students and which, where appropriate, recognize the requirements of employers;
To provide responsive academic and learner services which give students the best possible experience of higher education and opportunities to succeed;
To provide an attractive and accessible university campus environment and range of facilities, both educational and recreational, in the context of a long-term estates strategy;
To provide a broad student experience, producing graduates who will be equipped with the tools to continue to learn and develop through their careers and social and cultural experiences;
To be an exemplary provider to business and industry across a broad subject range, offering high quality expertise to stimulate and support demand for innovative solutions, knowledge transfer and collaboration in support of economic development;
To engender a culture across the University which encourages and supports student participation in voluntary, community and employment based opportunities, including work and placements and new business ventures;
To foster and build mutually advantageous strategic alliances with other national and international partners, in order to offer a range of well supported demand-led learning opportunities;
To recognize staff as a primary resource of the University and to promote an environment of mutual respect where staff are valued, motivated and provided with professional development opportunities;
To attain financial stability, grow the range of income sources supporting the University activities and operate cost effectively.