Helwan University is a public university based in Helwan, Egypt, which is part of Greater Cairo on over 350 acres (140 ha). It comprises 23 faculties and two higher institutes in addition to 50 research centers. The main campus is in Ain Helwan, which is 25km south of Cairo between El Mokattam hills and the Nile valley on the East Bank of the Nile. It is a major industrial and military district and is home to the Cement National Company, Portland Cement Company, Nasr for Automobiles, MEFCO for Wooden Furniture, and Helwan Seismoscope. Helwan City is also the site of sulphur springs, said to give various benefits and so a popular destination among the health conscious. Altogether there are 23 different faculties across the Cairo and Giza regions. There is currently extensive development of the Helwan location with the aim of all faculties being housed there.
Though the newest of Cairo’s universities overall, Helwan’s Faculties of Applied Arts, Fine arts and Art Education were established in 1839, 1908 and 1936 respectively. The most recent faculties established are the Faculty of Medicine (2013), the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Research (2014) and the National Institute of Intellectual Property. Helwan University has 150,000 undergraduates, 20,000 postgraduates, 5,000 faculty members and 7,000 administrative staff. The campus consists of a number of facilities including restaurants, a sports hall, bookshops, a central library, a shopping centre, an art exhibition hall and student housing. An International Bureau was established in 2012 to assist both undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from overseas. The proximity of Helwan to industry has helped boost the research activities of the university. Meanwhile, the university hit the headlines in August 2018 when a team of undergraduates successfully constructed a go-kart vehicle powered by compressed oxygen.
Overview Helwan University is a member of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities. It was established on July 26, 1980 by Act No. 70 of 1975 over 350 acres of land. It is the youngest of 3 major governmental universities in Cairo. However, it goes back to the 19th century during the reign of Muhammad Ali of Egypt who established “The Operations School”. The fields of that school were the basis of many institutes that formed Helwan University later. Although Helwan University is the most recent of 3 major governmental universities in Cairo, it encompasses some of the oldest faculties not only in Egypt but also in the Middle East. The Faculty of Applied Arts, for example, was established in 1839, while the Faculty of Fine Arts and Art Education were established in 1908 and 1936 respectively.
Ranking According to Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Helwan University is ranked 1987th in the world and tenth in Egypt. In QS ranking 2020 Helwan University was rated 41st in The Arab Region and eighth in Egypt.