Secondary education in Cairo can be categorized into general, technical and vocational. Subjects relating to industry, commerce and agriculture are taught. Post secondary education or the higher education in Cairo is provided both by public or private institutions. Public higher education is free in Egypt, whereas, private institutions are relatively expensive.
Children in Cairo generally go to private or government schools for their basic education. The Arabic Schools and the Experimental Language Schools are the government schools of Cairo. Arabic schools follow the government approved curriculum in Arabic language,whereas the Experimental Language Schools follow the curriculum in English and French is taught as a second foreign language. The three types of private schools of Cairo are the ordinary schools, language schools and the religious schools. The British International School in Cairo is one of the most reputed private schools. Established in 1976, this school provides education based on British principles and curriculum especially, for children belonging to the Anglo Egyptian community.
Various universities are the seat of higher education in Cairo. The Cairo university located in Giza, Egypt was set up as a national center for liberal thought. The Al-Azhar University of Cairo is the world's oldest university and one the the prestigious institutes for the Sunni Muslims. The university follows a religious syllabus and the medium of teaching is Arabic, the language of the Holy Quran.
Cairo education aims in the all round development of the student. Various recreational and extra curricular activities are encouraged in these schools and universities. Various institutions also provide a congenial atmosphere for both the students and the teachers.
German University in Cairo
The German University in Cairo (GUC) is a private University in Egypt. It was founded in collaboration with the State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart. The University also received patronage from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, the Arab/German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. It also received support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany and the German Embassy in Cairo.
The different faculties of the German University in Cairo, teach various subjects like:
There are many Universities in Cairo that imparts quality education to the students of the Arab world. All throughout the Arab world, the University education of Cairo enjoys a place of distinction. Al Azhar University the oldest university and the Cairo University, recognized as one of the most modern university are both located in the city of Cairo.
Some of the well-known Universities in Cairo are International University, German University, Ain Shams University, Cairo University and Helwan University. Some of the courses offered by the Universities of Cairo are:
The Schools in Cairo provide high quality education in a campus equipped with all modern amenities. The city has a number of schools run by both private and public organizations. Some of these schools are residential that arrange for the accommodation facilities of the pupils within the campus of the school.
The schools of Cairo can be broadly classified as:
- Cairo Elementary Schools
- Cairo Middle Schools
- Cairo High Schools
There are many Cairo Middle Schools and Cairo High Schools that train children up to grade 12. These schools employ well trained, English speaking teaching staff from countries like Britain, Australia, Canada New Zealand and South Africa. They keep up to date with the most effective and modern teaching approaches. Some of the Cairo Middle Schools and Cairo High Schools are as follows:
The American University in Cairo is a multi-cultural, independent, non-profitable and secular educational institution. AUC is a world-class institution with well trained faculty following a tradition of innovative and modern multidisciplinary study. This American liberal arts university is located in the heart of the Middle East, in Cairo. It emphasizes both on quality in teaching and research.
The University plans move to a new campus in the year 2008. The institution is strongly committed to fulfill the requirements of practical applications and professional specializations. It trains its students in English-language so that they can compete and succeed at the local, regional and international level. This esteemed university is famous all over the world for educating legendary figures in business, politics, science, media and humanities.
Ain Shams University
Ain Shams University is the third oldest Egyptian university. This university was founded in July 1950 under its initial name of Ibrahim Pasha University. The university has always played the role of a major, scientific and cultural organization for developing academic knowledge in Cairo.
Ain Shams University in Cairo was set up in response to the increased demand of higher education. The Cairo University and the Alexandria University could not meet the demands of the growing need of higher education. During the starting years, Ain Shams University comprised a number of recognized faculties and academic institutes, which now have developed into university.
Al Azhar University Cairo
Al Azhar University Cairo is one of the oldest universities in the world. It is an Islamic university associated with the magnificent historic Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.
This university is an Egyptian institution for higher studies. Both the mosque and the university were named to tribute the honorable Fatima Az-Zahraa, who was the daughter and descendant of Muhammad, the ruler of the Fatimid Dynasty. This famous mosque was built around 971 AD. The school of theology or the Ismaili Shia School was founded in 988 ADand closely connected to this mosque. Later it became a Sunni school.