Egypt joins Virtual Institute networkCairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science today became Vi's 18th university member with the finalization of an application process resulting from a mission conducted by Vi Chief's Vlasta Macku in February.

The faculty, with approximately 300 students in undergraduate, masters and PhD programmes, is the 6th African university of the network, along with Senegal, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius and South Africa.

Cairo University, through its Faculty of Economics and Political Science, is a leading Egyptian institution in economics education, preparing students for assignments with a research/analytical component in think tanks, the government or the private sector.

Teaching materials used in the courses include international textbooks complemented with information and case studies prepared by the lecturers. Outside speakers are also invited to provide practical elements relevant to the country. In addition to the Masters in Economics, the Faculty recently launched a new multidisciplinary Masters programme on Euro-Mediterranean Studies implemented in cooperation with several European universities (France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands). Additionally, there are one-year post-Bachelor programmes in International Negotiations and International Organizations. Teaching takes place primarily in Arabic, although some courses are available in English and French.

The Faculty would wish to update the programme of their trade and development-related Masters courses in cooperation with the Virtual Institute, and, in the medium-term, perhaps introduce a full Masters programme in international trade. The Vi will support the university by providing UNCTAD publications and Vi teaching materials, as well as opportunities for local adaptation of Vi materials by Faculty staff. Other forms of cooperation (such as participation in the Vi fellowship programme, professional development workshops and/or joint events, support to the future Masters programme) could also be explored.

The Faculty has several research centres that deal with trade and development issues, such as the Centre for Economic and Financial Studies, Centre for Developing Countries Studies, and Centre for European Studies, the latter analyzing various aspects of relations between the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean rim. The research at the Faculty, as well as topics of MSc theses and PhD dissertations revolve around a five-year research plan approved by the Faculty Council.

The Vi member coordinator, Ahmed Farouk Hamed Ghoneim, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty's Department of Economics. He may be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..