BUE is Egypt’s major university delivering British Higher Education with students graduating with both Egyptian and UK degrees. It is the largest face-to-face provision of British Transnational Higher Education in the Middle East, leading in Educational Quality, the Student Experience, and Research and Enterprise.
Founded by British and Egyptian government initiatives, the British University in Egypt (BUE) was inaugurated on the 22nd of March, 2006, by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Mission of the BUE Founder was to create a quality educational institution that would produce graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to the development of Egypt, the MENA region and beyond. The British system of Higher Education was therefore adopted for the rigour of its Quality Assurance procedures and educational philosophy focusing on the development of graduates with independent learning and transferable employability skills.
The BUE welcomed its first cohort of students in 2005. They began their degree studies on a brand new state-of-the-art campus covering approximately 40 acres (feddans) of land. Environmental concerns were incorporated in the design of the campus. The architectural concept underlying the planning and construction of the campus conveys a traditional British model of buildings used by UK civic universities over a century ago. The columns of the main entrance, the dome over the auditorium and the treatment of windows throughout, carry forward themes that can be found in universities such as Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds, together with universities forming part of the University of London.
In what was considered a ground breaking initiative, the BUE agreed a partnership with Loughborough University, one of the United Kingdom’s leading research universities. Partnerships with UK universities have now been widened to include those with London South Bank University as well as with Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh University. Most undergraduate programmes offered by the BUE are dual awards. Students who successfully complete all the requirements of our programmes, in accordance with the BUE University Regulations, graduate with two Bachelor’s Degrees: one from the British University in Egypt and the other from the UK partner university. This ensures that graduates receive national and international recognition for their academic achievements and qualifications, and as a result are targeted by leading Egyptian, Arab and international employers.
The University is committed to the development of high quality academic programmes and a comprehensive high quality student experience. The BUE operates within the framework of the UK Quality Assurance Agency and provides teaching in a style and to the standards equivalent to those in UK universities. It focuses on teaching students «How to think not what to think». This encourages them to develop problem-solving and analytical skills through a personalised and independent approach to learning.
BUE students benefit from strong links with business partners in both Egypt and the United Kingdom, as well as with a range of exchange programmes, training opportunities, internships and employment in Egypt, the region and globally. But the BUE is not only an educational institution, it is also a thriving social and cultural centre with much to offer students of any nationality or social background. As a result the achievements of today’s graduates match in standard those of UK students and the best in the world.
In developing an institutional research profile, the University encourages all-round academic excellence and personal integrity alongside the development of forward-thinking philosophies, innovation and a strong team-working spirit.
BUE research and enterprise missions target advancing research and its output through specialised centres, research grants, international collaboration, postgraduate education, technology transfer and spinning-off research outcomes. A significant number of research-active staff publish in top international journals, among top cited research. BUE runs fourteen research centres: the Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM), the Centre for Advanced Informatics and Business Intelligence (CAIBI), the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), the Centre for Emerging Learning Technologies (CELT), the Centre for Innovation, Governance and Green Economy (CIGGE), the Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE), the Centre for Simulation Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing (SIAM), the Centre for Sustainability and Future Studies (CSFS), the Centre for Theoretical Physics (CTP), and the Centre for Preventive Maintenance (CPM). Moreover, the following research centres have been added: Magdy Yacoub Heart Research Centre (MYHRC), BUE Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC), Dentistry Research Centre (DRC), and Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies (CLET).
As it continues well into its second decade the BUE is proud of its significant progress in achieving the goals set out in its initial Strategic Plan. The University has become a broad spectrum university and the number of faculties has increased from three to ten, with additional faculties scheduled to open in the coming academic year. In addition, the University has completed an ambitious building programme to support the delivery of its academic programmes and of a quality student experience. Central among these is the Library which acts as an icon of BUE’s commitment to learning and research. The University has also been highly successful in attracting increasing numbers of qualified students, numbering this academic year more than ten thousand in ten faculties. Finally, the University has not only developed quality undergraduate programmes, but also a growing number of postgraduate programmes.
This combination of growth and quality clearly testifies to the success of the University. The British University in Egypt has been placed in the top 81 – 90 in the 2019 QS Arab Region University Rankings. In this ranking and in US-News Global Ranking 2019, BUE is placed at the top of Egypt’s Private Universities, accredited by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities.
The BUE offers a vibrant and creative environment in which to provide a transformational British Higher Educational experience. A commitment to the delivery of high standards, the development of enhanced learning techniques, together with a broad student experience, ensure that the BUE helps shape Egypt’s leaders of tomorrow. Moreover, ambitious plans for the University include a Business Incubator, Science and Innovation Park, Industrial Park and much more in the Post Graduate, Research and Enterprise arenas to be implemented according to the University’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2022.
Mission & Vision
Operating on a vibrant 21st Century university campus, offering a modern innovative British style education producing distinctive, highly employable and high calibre graduates contributing to the development of Egypt and the MENA region.
HOW TO THINK NOT WHAT TO THINK
To provide an academic environment which encourages and draws together research, learning and teaching and engagement with the social, professional and business communities to underpin high quality academic provision.
To offer a range of academic programs and a learning environment which is attractive to both Egyptian and international students and which, where appropriate, recognize the requirements of employers.
To provide responsive academic and learner services which give students the best possible experience of higher education and opportunities to succeed.
To provide an attractive and accessible university campus environment and range of facilities, both educational and recreational, in the context of a long-term estates strategy.
To provide a broad student experience, producing graduates who will be equipped with the tools to continue to learn and develop through their careers and social and cultural experiences.
To be an exemplary provider to business and industry across a broad subject range, offering high quality expertise to stimulate and support demand for innovative solutions, knowledge transfer and collaboration in support of economic development.
To engender a culture across the University which encourages and supports student participation in voluntary, community and employment based opportunities, including work and placements and new business ventures.
To foster and build mutually advantageous strategic alliances with other national and international partners, in order to offer a range of well supported demand-led learning opportunities.
To recognize staff as a primary resource of the University and to promote an environment of mutual respect where staff are valued, motivated and provided with professional development opportunities.
To attain financial stability, grow the range of income sources supporting the University activities and operate cost effectively.
The University Plan covers the primary activities of Learning and Teaching, Research and Enterprise and Community Services, together with important connecting strategies for Internationalization and Campus Developments. The University Plan establishes the high level objectives for the Institution, against which supporting activities, such as HR, Library and IT plans can be aligned and the necessary resource and infrastructural requirements identified to ensure success.
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The BUE overall strategic trends are broken down into a number of sector specific strategies.
1. Internationalisation Strategy
Internationalisation permeates all our activities and will be taken forward through achieving our strategic and enabling objectives. We will recruit more international staff and attract others to visit the BUE for short periods; establish more international partnerships that will include staff and student exchanges; seek to enrol more international students to diversify the student perspective and provide a broader student experience; and ensure that our curricula, research and facilities are international in standard.
2. Research Strategy
University academics are currently pursuing research in a broad range of areas across all Faculties. This is strongly encouraged by the University. There are key research areas aligned with our stated mission and the University wishes to see critical mass established (or existing critical mass maintained) in these key areas. Therefore, these areas will be prioritised for support with the intention that they will grow as existing research centres or become new research centres.
Existing Research Centres:
- Centre for Theoretical Physics
- Centre for Advanced Materials
- Centre for Renewable Energy
- Centre for Sustainability and Future Studies
- Centre of Excellence In Preventive Maintenance (CPM)
- Centre for Innovation, Governance and Green Economy
- Centre for Advanced Informatics and Business Intelligence (CAIBI)
- Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD)
Key research areas that will be encouraged to grow into research centres include the following:
- Information Technologies
- Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Arab and Islamic Studies
3. Teaching and Learning Strategy
Enhancing the quality of the student experience is a primary goal of the BUE that will help raise our profile as a university of high quality and standards. There are several facets to achieving this status: attracting the highest quality students; attracting a preponderance of research – active academic staff capable of delivering UK higher education in accord with the British ethos and standards; developing effective, communicative and innovative teaching; providing a learning environment (academic, pastoral and social) that stimulates our students to become independent learners and to realise their potential, and which encourages research and academic development. The new Library, due for completion by 2014/15, will play a major role in enhancing the experience for both students and staff. The student learning environment will be complemented by an improved IT infrastructure, together with support through implementation of Library, IT and e-Learning strategies, as well as learner support. Estates, human resource and financial planning will underpin the continual improvement of the academic environment. Our academic programmes will continue to be of the highest quality and standards.
4. Community Services and Enterprise Strategy
Building on the current activities of the Centre for Community and Consulting Services, the broad strategic objective of the University is to become a leading institution in Egypt for the provision of knowledge transfer in order to advance industry, the professions and society.
Within this broad strategy, the BUE will develop a specialism in working with new and established SMEs (small and medium size enterprises) using the expertise of both the students and the staff by:
- Promoting enterprise (i.e. the ability to innovate, recognise and create opportunities, work in a team, take risks and respond to challenges).
- Assisting new and existing entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own ventures, whether social or business enterprises.
- Working with stakeholders and British businesses in Egypt, often with reference to curriculum and programme development, to advance opportunities for students and graduates, fund professorships and sponsor facilities, etc.
5. Information Technology Strategy 2012 to 2015
The role of the IT Strategy is to support the University Plan in meeting its overall objectives over the period from 2012 to 2015. This University Plan for teaching and learning, for research and for the development of its administration will ask questions of IT. The IT Strategy supports the aims of these plans and plays its part in helping to deliver them. The Strategy was put together following widespread discussions within the University involving the senior officers of the University, Deans and Heads of Departments, academic staff and students.
The Strategy makes 20 recommendations which are listed in section 10 of the Strategy. Please click here to see the Strategy
Faculty of Communication and Mass Media
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Students enrollment 2014-2015
Planning & Development Unit
The BUE is now emerging into a new phase of its existence. During the first eight years the main concern was directed towards the establishment of the undergraduate programmes and ensuring the necessary quality assurance framework and procedures are embedded and integrated within the system.
The BUE is now exploring potential expansions and developments to achieve its pre-set vision and mission. Such developments include the establishment of new undergraduate programmes, the introduction of postgraduate programmes, engaging in community service activities and emphasizing relevant research activities. Several short-term plans have been introduced and implemented, over the first eight years, which guided the achievement of the current standing of the BUE.
A five-year strategic plan that covers the main three areas of engagement, namely, teaching & learning, research and community service, has been developed and approved in 2013. Due to the growing size of the BUE and the new expected direction in its development, as stated in the strategic plan, an institutional planning and development unit is now needed to conduct surveys, analyze data, guide, plan, propose and support the decision making process within the BUE.
The Institutional Planning and Development Unit (IPDU) facilitates the collection, analysis, planning and performance evaluation of the institution in general. Being the central repository for statistical information of the University, the unit responds to requirements for information from internal and external bodies, in addition to conducting research on topics of interest to the University decision-making process with a view to enhancing institutional effectiveness. The unit would publish its reports and recommendations on its webpage.
The British University in Egypt opened in 2005. It aims to be a leading research and teaching University in the region providing British Higher education, both in terms of quality and delivery. In pursuit of this goal, the University has already established a reputation for innovative educational provision, student-centred learning and a research profile.
We are looking for candidates who share our creativity, energy, ambition and passion for high quality education, equality and diversity. Working within the BUE community, you will play a key role in ensuring the success of our students. For further information on vacancies, check the vacancies link.
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How to apply?
The British University in Egypt aims to recruit people who are skilled, highly qualified, enthusiastic, flexible and committed to helping the University fulfil its mission and strategic objectives.Thank you for the interest that you have shown in the British University in Egypt. We welcome your enquiry and hope that you will proceed with your application once you have read these guidance notes and accompanying information.
1. Your Recruitment Pack
In completing your application please refer to the following documents which are all available on the BUE website:
- General Information about the BUE
- Job Description
- Staff Application Form
- Guidance Notes for Applicants
2. The Recruitment Process
The recruitment process at the BUE has the following stages:
- Submission of application forms
- Applicants short listed
- Candidates interviewed
- Offer of post subject to satisfactory references
- Agreement on starting grade and salary
- Issue of formal offer and agreement on start date
3. Job Description and Person Specification
The job description normally has two parts: Job Responsibilities and Person Specification.
Job Responsibilities section describes the duties of the post and provides details of the responsibilities to be undertaken.
Person Specification is used in determining whether you will be short listed for interview. Section 8 in the application form (Other Information in Support of Your Application / Supporting Statement) should enable you to demonstrate your suitability for the position for which you are applying. Please ensure that you highlight any information that shows how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.
4. The Staff Application Form
Please complete the application form in as much detail as necessary. Candidates must disclose on the application form whether, to their knowledge, they are related to any member or employee of the University. A candidate who is found to have supplied false or incomplete information knowingly will, if appointed, be liable for dismissal.
The application form has nine sections:
Section 1 – Details of Post
Please state clearly which post you are applying for and where your saw it advertised.
Section 2 – Personal Details
Make sure that your name, address, e-mail address, and your telephone numbers are provided as we may need to contact you by telephone during the application process. Please provide appropriate numbers to allow this.
Section 3 – Educational Details
Please list most recent qualifications first, giving details of qualifications obtained with dates of award. If you have not finished a course write 'incomplete'. Legalised copies of all relevant certificates will be required prior to taking up a post at the University.
Section 4 – Other Qualifications
Please list all relevant publications, committees, fellowships, awards, conferences and supervision of research students.
Section 5 – Present / Most Recent Employment & Salary
Please provide details listing your main duties and responsibilities. Please enter your gross annual salary. Documentary evidence will be required of your salary in your most recent post. Please state clearly the notice period required and the earliest time at which you would be available to take up a post at the BUE.
Section 6 – Career History
Please list all posts starting with the most recent first, providing dates and a brief description of main roles and responsibilities in each post. In addition to paid employment, you can include any voluntary or community work that you have undertaken, and which you consider relevant to your application.
Section 7 - Training
Please list all relevant training and short courses you have attended within the last five years.
Section 8 – Other Information in Support of Your Application / Supporting Statement
This is where you tell us why you are suitable for the post. Do not repeat your job history as this should already be clearly set out in the application form. Your supporting statement must address the essential criteria listed in the Person Specification of the Job Description. You should demonstrate, by giving examples, how your skills, experience and knowledge match these criteria. If necessary, further information may be attached on a separate sheet. Please ensure that your statement is no longer than two A4 pages.
Section 9 - References
The appointment of all external candidates is subject to the receipt of three satisfactory references, one of which must be from your current or most recent employer. Referees must be people who can comment authoritatively on your personal and professional competence. Referees should not be friends, relatives or immediate colleagues. You should indicate on the application form referees who may be approached before an interview. Where possible, these references will be taken up before interview.
5. Short listing
All candidates must complete a Staff Application Form. The short-listing panel will select candidates for interview only on the basis of the information given on the application form and in particular information given in section 8 as it relates to the Person Specification.
Short listed candidates will be invited to an interview. We regularly use presentations as a part of the selection process, in addition to the formal interview. You will be notified in advance of any supplementary assessment activities.
We will make every effort to provide appropriate facilities for interview candidates. If you have a particular requirement please contact Human Resources, in advance, to help ensure your interview goes smoothly.
7. Conditions of Service
There is an attractive package, for appointee and accompanying family members, including return UK flights for UK staff, accommodation and health plan.
Grades & salary will reflect qualifications and experience and will be agreed once an offer of a post has been made. The duration of appointment is normally for one year but is renewable by mutual agreement. Short term appointments and secondments are also possible, for example for a semester or part semester.
Full time instructor posts carry a maximum of 15 teaching contact hours a week. The University Workload Model allows full-time academic staff to apply for release time for approved research and/or administration. Non-teaching duties are carried out during the working hours of 8.45 am to 4.15 pm daily, Sunday through Thursday.
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