Egypt's Zewail University says all school graduates welcome

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Apr 2014

The elite academic institution will receive graduates of all Egyptian high schools; studies to begin in September on same campus

Egypt's Zewail University (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Zewail University says it is open to receive applications from all graduates of Egypt's high schools -- be they Arabic, international or Islamic.

The University of Science and Technology, which officially opened in late 2011 as a non-profit science hub for elite students, is part of the Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZCST) -- the brainchild of Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail.

A few hundred handpicked students may choose to major in an array of scientific studies including Nanotechnology, material sciences, physics and renewable energy.

The new batch is due to start attending classes in September on the university's current premises, over which a long-running quarrel with the also non-profit Nile University (NU) had taken place.

A recent government settlement will allow both institutions access to the disputed campus until new premises for the Zewail City are completed in 6th of October City.

"Students will attend classes on the current campus in [Giza’s] Sheikh Zayed City until the new campus is ready," Zewail City media advisor Sherif Fouad told Ahram Online.

The campus’ administrative building will be handed to the government, which may or may not return it to the NU, Fouad added, while classes will take place in the academic building.

The tug-of-war erupted in 2011, when the government assigned the originally Nile University campus to the Zewail project.

NU students organised numerous sit-ins and strikes to call for the return of their campus. Faculty members said classes were being held in a rented building at the Smart Village, a technology park on the western fringe of the capital.

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