In October 2012, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development (HU) welcomed its first cohort of students in the areas of Pharmacy, Engineering, and Economics and Business Administration. Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development is the first non-profit university in the Middle East declaring sustainable development as its overall guiding principle.
Heliopolis University currently has three faculties:
✓ Faculty of Business and Economics for Sustainable Development:
B.A. Business and Economics
✓ Faculty of Engineering:
B.Sc. Energy Engineering,
B.Sc. Water Engineering,
B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering,
B.Sc Architecture Engineering
✓ Faculty of Pharmacy:
Academy is a focal point of the Egyptian experience and national thinking. It organizes Egypt’s plans and projects to offer its experiences, knowledge, consultations for the government, Higher Council for Science and Technology and decision makers in terms of the issues related to science and technology in Egypt.
In 1998, the republican decree no. 377 on defining the Academy’s tasks and activities was issued.
Academy cooperates in the preparation of the scientific and technological policies and detailed plans to develop the scientific research and technological development within the framework of the national strategic plan for the scientific research and the availability of the human resources development programs. It also takes over the following responsibilities:
- Appreciating the Excellency in the science and its applications through the development and implementation of the fellowships programs, grants and awards for the prominent scientists and researchers.
- Planning and promoting national and multidisciplinary projects of the scientific research and technological development, providing the financial resources necessary to implement them, coordinating and following up them.
- Developing the national awareness of the importance of the scientific research and technology as a life style, promoting the scientific culture among the citizens, planning and implementing the scientific publication and media programs, supporting and developing the museums of science.
- Encouraging the scientific researches, supporting the scientific research centers specialized in the modern and future science or the researches with the possible applications suitable for the national development orientation.
- Planning and developing the programs supporting and developing the scientific societies and unions.
- Concluding and following up the implementation of the scientific agreements between the Academy and the peer academies and entities.
- Planning and operating a national system of the scientific and technological information, developing specialized databases and networks, providing the information on the scientific research and technological development activities and establishments, scientific researchers, the available scientific and research capabilities, the research achievements and technological development, developing the ways of information circulation and how to make use of it.
- Planning and implementing a national program to document the science development in Egypt, the Egyptian scientists’ and researches’ achievements, making a list of those have been accorded an international appreciation, and disseminating this information.
- Protecting the intellectual property rights, especially the patents, designs and utility forms, promoting the culture of protecting the intellectual property rights, and supporting the national innovations development to boost the medium and small scale industries
EBDA provides the training and expertise needed to enable farmers to have their land inspected and certified as organic according to EU standards, or as biodynamic according to Demeter standard.
Building on expertise and success in the biodynamic cultivation of herbs, cereals and vegetables and through multilateral cooperation with other organizations, EBDA raises awareness of the organic agricultural method that works actively with the life giving forces of nature.
EBDA was the first in the world to cultivate and harvest biodynamic cotton in 1991, both on an experimental and a commercial scale. Since 1994 the Egyptian government has been supporting farmers to cultivate organic cotton. A direct result was the landmark achievement of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides on cotton in Egypt by over 90%, from over 35,000 tonnes per year to about 3,000 tonnes. At the same time, the average yield of raw cotton increased by almost 30%.