Nile University's History
Nile University (NU) was established in 2006 (Presidential Decree # 255/2006), officially inaugurated in January 2007 and became a non-governmental autonomously managed (Ahleya) university in 2014 (Presidential Decree # 123/2014). NU is the first national, non-profit university in Egypt conceived to be a leader in technology and business education in Egypt and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Its programs and research centers are designed to address critical areas of vital importance to the economic growth and prosperity of the people of Egypt and the region and to engage in cutting-edge applied research. It also maintains strong collaborations with leading academic and business institutions locally, regionally and worldwide.
Nile University's goal is to be a world-class institution of learning committed to excellence in education, research, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields. Its business and technology-based programs and research centers are designed to address critical areas of vital importance to the economic growth and prosperity of the people of Egypt and the region and to engage in cutting-edge research.
The development of Nile University dates to the turn of the century when a group of community leaders foresaw the need to establish a leading-edge non-profit university dedicated to the advancement of higher education and applied research in selected sectors of strategic importance to the economy. Egypt has a growing need for technically capable and well-qualified personnel, who are educated and trained to meet development demands in a dynamically changing global marketplace. Enhancing the nation’s technological resources, particularly in high skilled areas, is critical to the country’s goal of sustainable economic growth.
While Egypt has a solid academic sector, it still lacks a world-class research university capable of meeting industry challenges in high technology sectors. This is the role Nile University seeks to play. Further, the National Telecommunications and Information Technology Strategic Plan calls for building an IT society that copes with worldwide developments and advancements in technology in order to accelerate economic and social growth. The main goal of this plan is intended to bridge the digital gap between Egypt and highly developed industrial nations. Nile University serves the dual purpose of capacity building in targeted sectors and leading applied research in collaboration with the ICT community and other critical industrial sectors. To that effect, it is essential to link academia, industry, and government; Nile University was conceived with this philosophy in mind.