Cairo University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Arab University Rankings 2023
1 Gamaa Street, Giza, 12613, Egypt

About Cairo University

Despite its name, Cairo University is actually located in the city of Giza and overlooks the Nile.

One of the country’s oldest institutions, the public university was founded in 1908 and has about 230,000 students of whom about 3 per cent are from overseas. Just 2 per cent of staff and 2 per cent of students at Egyptian universities come from outside the country. International students living in Cairo enjoy relatively low living costs and have some of the country’s ancient attractions on their doorstep.

Cairo University has more than 25 faculties, including engineering, medicine, agriculture and archaeology, with undergraduates programmes in subjects stretching from pomology to physical therapy. While the official language of Egypt is Arabic, English is the “first language” in universities, according to Ashraf Mahmoud Hatem, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt.

The Grand Celebration Hall, a well-known symbol of Cairo University with its domed roof, is the site of various cultural and artistic events and can seat about 4,000 people. Other striking buildings on campus include the Central Library.

Notable alumni include the former United Nations secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Omar Sharif, the Oscar-nominated actor, Mohamed Morsi, a former president of Egypt, and Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League from 2001 to 2011.

About a third of Egypt's population is under the age of 15 and demand for higher education is growing. Following Egypt’s Arab Spring turmoil, the country began planning major reforms to its higher education system.

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Key statistics

  • 60 : 40
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 22%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 202,915
    Number of FTE Students
  • 30.9
    No. of students per staff
  • 5%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at Cairo University

  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Archaeology
    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Engineering & technology

    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Life sciences

    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Biological Sciences
    • Veterinary Science
    • Sport Science
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Geography
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Law

    • Law
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • Education

    • Education
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics