CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Cairo University was established in 1908 as the first public university in Egypt. The modern educational system and the establishment of Cairo University was one of Egypt’s main developments in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is closely linked to the political renaissance project that was founded by Mohamed Ali Pasha (1805-1848).

Currently, Cairo University is considered one of the most rigorous universities in Egypt and in the entire MENA region. It is one of the very few Arab universities that appear annually in the first 500 universities worldwide by the Shanghai Rank of Universities.

Cairo University contains more than 28 faculties and institutes that operate many research centers in almost every discipline including medicine, engineering, natural and social sciences. In each academic year, Cairo University has more than 179,000 undergraduate student enrolled and around 36,000 graduate students, beside around 7,000 international student. Many of  Cairo University graduates are  regionally and internationally acclaimed in various fields.

As a part of its continuous improvement process, Cairo university has succeeded to reach many agreements and memorandums of understanding for scientific and academic cooperation with various distinguished national, regional and international universities and institutions.

Further details on the history, structure, size and role of Cairo University are found at http://cu.edu.eg/Home

Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) was established in 1960 to offer academic degrees in economics, statistics and political science. FEPS is currently considered one of the leading academic institutions in the field of economics and political science in the MENA region. Since its establishment, FEPS seeks to graduate high-level specialists in its fields of study; they have the ability to compete, nationally, regionally and globally to promote the development process of their communities. FEPS stresses on the importance of scientific research giving both decision makers and students the guide lines which they follow in taking decisions; and this is done through its various research centers and academic programs. An actual example is seen in observing community problems, analyzing and explaining it and predicting its future to find realistic solutions.

FEPS graduates, although their numbers are small if compared to the numbers of graduates from other Egyptian faculties, but their qualitative effectiveness is so clear. Most of them work in leadership positions at many local, regional and global institutions. We have also distinguished elite from faculty members in disciplines of economics, statistics, political science, public administration and social-science computing, who have a high level of efficiency and experience regionally and globally.

Besides, FEPS has a rich experience in acting as a partner in domestic, regional and international research projects.

Further details on FEPS are found at http://www.feps.edu.eg/en/index.php

 

The Research Team

Shimaa Hatab
Shimaa HatabDeveloper
Shimaa Hatab is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. She teaches comparative politics in Latin America and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the political economy of development, the politics of inequality and state-society relations. She is also an expert for the “Varieties of Democracy Project”, at the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg. She was member in the “Core Research Team”, Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2009 on Human Security in the Arab World.

Her research explores the position of popular and marginalized classes in socio-political changes, historically, comparatively, and sociologically. She obtained her Ph.D. from Essex University in 2014. She has drawn on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including insights from cognitive psychology and ethnographic inter-culturation, and has done extensive field research in Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Mexico.

She is the author of “Ruling Elites, Producing Islam and Transition Predicament in Egypt”, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies 2016; “State, Social Citizenship, and Political Mobilization in Argentina and Brazil” Latin American Studies Association, 2015; “Between Deliberation and Contestation of Power: Egypt in the Post-Mubarak Era”, International Political Science Association, 2014; and “Egyptian Revolutionary Process: From Technological Revolution Towards more Deepening Understanding”, in González del Miño, P. (ed.) Egypt Challenges of Transition Process, Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2013.

Chahir Zaki
Chahir Zaki
Chahir Zaki, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. In this position, Chahir teaches and conducts research on trade policy and macroeconomics. He is also a part-time economist at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and a consultant for several international organizations, including the World Bank and the International Trade Center (UNCTAD-WTO, Geneva), and ESCWA. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, an M.A. in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. His research interests include international trade, trade policy, trade in services, applied economics and macroeconomic modeling. He has published numerous studies in the International Trade Journal, the World Trade Review, Economic Modeling and Applied Economics.
Nora Aboushady
Nora Aboushady
Nora Aboushady is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. Nora teaches a number of courses including international economics, microeconomics, development and public finance. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, an M.A. in International Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Nora has collaborated with the OECD MENA Working Group on Corporate Governance, with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP). Her main areas of interest include international trade, trade policy, trade in services, microeconomics and institutional economics.
Recent/Relevant Publications
Ahmed Ezzat, R. and Aboushady, N. (2015) “Do Telecom Restrictive Policies matter for Telecom Performance? Evidence from MENA Countries”, The Economic Research Forum (ERF), Working Paper Series
Sally Khalifa Isaac
Sally Khalifa Isaac
Sally Khalifa Isaac is Associate Professor of Political Science (International Relations) at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt.
She holds a B.Sc. degree in Political Science from Cairo University (2001), and a Ph.D. degree in International History from the Universita’ degli studi di Milano, Italy (2006). Isaac has been a Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College (2010), the Kolleg-Forschergrupe KFG of the Freie Universitaet Berlin (2011-2012); the Center for Middle East Politics at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (2013); and the Istituto per gli studi di Politica Internazionale ISPI in Milan (2014). She has previously collaborated with USAID, Cairo; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Cairo; MAEM-MENA Association, Italy; DAAD in Cairo; and is a contributor to the UN Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2009 and the UN Egypt Human Development Report (EHDR) 2010.
Isaac is a Middle East specialist with a particular focus on strategic and security studies in the MENA region. Her publications tackle mainly Euro-Arab relations, US-Egyptian Relations, NATO-Arab partnerships, Inter-Arab relations, and Egypt’s domestic and foreign policies.
Isaac is an Egyptian national and speaks Arabic, English and Italian fluently.
Haidi Esmat Kares
Haidi Esmat Kares
Haidi Esmat Kares is Assistant Lecturer of Political Science (International Relations) at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt. She holds a B.Sc. degree with Honours in Political Science (in English) from Cairo University, and an M.Sc. degree in Political Science with Honours from Cairo University. Her MA dissertation tackles the European Union foreign policy towards South Mediterranean after Arab revolts, which has recently been published in a book. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science (International Relations) at Cairo University. Her main areas of interests include European foreign policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and the Middle East politics.