President of French University in Egypt (UFE) Dennis Darby said that the cooperation agreement between Egypt and France allows UFE to develop its relations with French universities in France. The Egyptian and French governments considered that the university should be headed by a French university professor.
In an interview with Sada ElBalad Universities, Darby said: “I was dean before that, and my role is to strengthen educational relations between the university in Egypt and the French universities. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, who has a great value in Egypt, strengthens relations with the Egyptian government and he is the link with the Egyptian side.”
The UFE president added that the university was transformed from a private university to a national university in 2015, in order to improve the quality of education and scientific research and to get out of the cycle of profit and gain.
“We have 500 students and are looking forward to 1500 students in 2024, and 3000 students in 2027.”
“10% of students are from African countries such as Chad, Mali, Djibouti, Côte d’Ivoire and Ivory Coast. There are also students from France and Ukraine, and next year we will receive students from Congo, and we look forward to having 30% of international students over the next five years.”
The university awards degrees in engineering sciences, computer science, artificial intelligence, management, humanities, architecture and applied languages. The university grants a bachelor’s degree at the end of a three-year program, except for the College of Engineering, while the study period, in the case of a master’s degree, extends to five years.
University programs are taught in French or English, according to the student’s choice. “We teach students the French language, and during the student’s study period until graduation, the student will master the French language, and this will create more job opportunities at the international level.”