worldwide, the first university with focus on sustainable development opens in Egypt. For the winter semester 2012, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development opens its doors for the first 200 students. The most forward-thinking student courses, shaped by practical experience and an interdisciplinary design will enable students to find creative solutions to the most pressing needs of the world community. A central component of the University's philosophy, in contrast to many other institutions, is the close connection of not only teaching and research but also practice. The common basis of all specialist degrees is the Core Program, which accounts for 15% of total course work. It is oriented towards the idea of humanistic education: compulsory courses for all students in the natural and social sciences, languages and arts develop critical as artistic thinking, train the perception of students and form cross-disciplinary skills. The B.A. Business and Economics considers traditional economic models, challenges the existing paradigms and discusses alternative forms of economy. Among others, the courses sustainable economy and enterprise, social economics, sustainable approaches to development and quantitative methods are offered. The annual tuition fee is 34,000 Egyptian pounds. The Faculty of Engineering offers the degrees B.Sc. Energy Engineering, B.Sc. Water Engineering and B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering. The focus is on renewable energy sources, the problem of water shortage and applications of modern technologies. Energy Engineering offers, among others, the courses wind energy modeling and control, electrical energy, energy auditing and engineering management. Water Engineering includes the courses water treatment, desalination, irrigation and drainage systems. Mechatronics offers among other courses automated manufacturing systems, robotics and industrial control systems. The annual tuition fees amount to 44,000 Egyptian pounds. The Faculty of Pharmacy offers already duringits Bachelor's degree the opportunity (B.Sc. Pharmacy) to specialize in phyto-pharmacy. Other priorities include biotechnology, industrial pharmacy and drug development. The annual tuition fee is 44,000 Egyptian pounds. Another feature is the Center for Social Innovation, which isat the heart of the University. It ensures that sustainable development in teaching and research is integrated and used in all aspects of university life. The newly established university in Cairo is a big step towards a holistic and sustainable development of people and their communities. "The Heliopolis University educates young people, who will not only look for jobs but also create established university in Cairo is a big step towards a holistic and sustainable development of people and their communities. "The Heliopolis University educates young people, who will not only look for jobs but also create them. The training of social consciousness and holistically oriented work ethic is essential. The future belongs to them and their sustainable projects - not only in Egypt, "said Helmy Abouleish, Board of Trustees of the university. With its international focus, the Heliopolis University strives to a multicultural and international student body consisting of exceptionally motivated young people. For the first cohort of students their studies will begin in October 2012. Applications are still being accepted.
Heliopolis University develops students to be champions of sustainable development. It combines interactive teaching and interdisciplinary research programs and practice with a humanistic core program. More information on the website www.hu.edu.eg or on Facebook: www.facebook.com / heliopolis.university.