About the GUC
Breaking new ground: The German University in Cairo (GUC)
University of Stuttgart, University of Tuebingen and Ulm University are the Patron Universities of a bold project: In October 2003 a private Egyptian university based on the German university model opened its doors to about 900 students. The initiator of this project, Prof. Ashraf Mansour, knows the German university system first-hand: he completed his PhD and professorial dissertation at Ulm University.
The GUC offers programs in science and technology including Information Engineering & Technology, Media Engineering & Technology, Engineering & Materials Science, Pharmacy & Biotechnology, Management Technology, and Applied Sciences & Arts. More than 11.000 students are currently enrolled (status Spring 2016) and around 10.000 students have graduated from GUC till 2015.
The teaching language is English but German classes are mandatory to foster the exchange of students.
What - other than language instruction - is German about this university?
For one, the curricula have been imported: they were developed at the German patron universities and adapted to Egyptian needs. Another German element is the traditional combination of teaching and research. This is being pursued in close cooperation with the German partners with the aim of establishing self-sustaining research structures.
In addition, staffing policies provide an opportunity for Germany to get involved: half of the academic staff is to be German or foreigners trained in Germany. To this end, there are annual job announcements in Germany and the recruitment process is coordinated in Ulm, Berlin and Stuttgart. Egyptian staff is trained at the partner institutions where they receive an introduction to the German university system.
Educational export as a trend
The German Academic Exchange Service supports GUC with the program "German Study Programmes Abroad" , which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and additional scholarships funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Further support for student exchange and academic mobility comes from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg (MWK). The "endowment chair project" funded by Donors' Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities (Stifterverband) was recently completed.
Global competition for foreign educational markets has been dominated by the United States, Great Britain and Australia. The DAAD-program "Transnational Education" aims to strengthen the German presence in the international arena and enhance the accessibility of the German university system with strategies going beyond the traditional exchange of students.
As the largest of these new export programs, the GUC serves as a model project for this new trend. Through their cooperation, the partner universities aim to gain access to the Egyptian educational market. At the same time, the partnership promotes the image of the State of Baden-Württemberg and Germany at large as a prime educational and business location. In the long run, the German partners expect to benefit from this relationship by receiving highly qualified graduates who will form the basis for a vivid exchange.