The formation of a British University in Egypt arose from a 1998 Memorandum of Cooperation between the UK and the Egyptian Governments. It was envisaged that such an institution would produce graduates of UK standards for key sectors of the Egyptian economy, particularly in the areas of engineering, computer science and business studies.
Planning for the new institution was put in train and financial support was provided by a group of prominent Egyptian business and public figures, principal amongst whom was Mr. Farid Khamis, Chairman of Oriental Weavers, a major international carpet manufacturing company. In 2004, with strong support from the British Embassy and the British Council, a Presidential decree was issued establishing the British University in Egypt. The initial phase of the University campus was already under construction and the University welcomed its first cohort (only 200 students) of undergraduate students in September 2005.
The University campus was chosen to be located in the area of El Sherouk, one of the new residential and commercial cities in Egypt on the outskirts of Cairo. The campus on establishment compromised of only two buildings including a large-scale auditorium with modern conference facilities but is set on a site of approximately 60 acres that will to develop over the years.
The BUE was formally inaugurated by HRH Prince of Wales and HE Mrs. Mubarak, Egypt's First Lady, on 22 March 2006.
The University has been supported by a high profile and influential Board of Trustees compromising individuals drawn from UK and Egyptian business, public life and educational sectors.
A group of UK universities, led by Loughborough University provided the academic direction, teaching and quality management processes thereby ensuring the 'British' quality of the education.
The academic staff consisted of highly qualified British, Egyptian and international academics experienced in the British system of Higher Education.
BUE was established initially with seven faculties: Engineering, Informatics and Computer Science; and Business Administration , Economics and Political Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Communication and Mass Media, and Nursing.
Mission & Vision
To become the leading broad spectrum teaching and research university in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) offering a British ethos of higher education with a range of UK partners and other global partners providing internationally recognized quality degrees that develop the knowledge and skills to help our students shape and lead their countries.
To promote cultural, economic, social and technological development through the creation and dissemination of new knowledge via research and capable graduates, educated to the best UK academic standards, who are independent learners.
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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
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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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