The curriculum at the University of Science and Technology is structured to allow students to build a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) (figure 1). The core STEM courses are distributed between the first two years of study. First year students study two courses in each of the following subjects: math, physics, chemistry and biology. In addition, the first year curriculum includes six credit hours of humanities and social sciences as well as a one-credit-hour seminar. This seminar briefly introduces the different concentrations at the university to help students decide on the concentration that most suits their interests.
At the beginning of their second year, students have the option of following one of four science concentrations or four engineering concentrations (figure 1). In each concentration, there is a further set of foundation courses specifically tailored to its requirements. In addition, students in each concentration will take at least one course to introduce them to their concentration. Starting from the third year, students will start taking courses specific to their respective concentrations.
Humanities and Social Sciences Curricula
Arabic is one of the essential components of the curriculum. Our primary goal is to have a new generation capable of working and competing within global standards while mastering their mother tongue. We wish to inspire a generation to revive the glory and scientific leadership demonstrated in our region during earlier periods of our history. Understanding history establishes a framework in which students can organize ideas, locate and understand their own culture, and learn from the past. Understanding that we are part of history, which is not simply a textbook subject, will inspire students to fulfill a positive role in the future of their country and region.
One of the main objectives of the University of Science and Technology is to bridge the gap between academia and industry by creating new products that will have a significant impact on Egypt's progress. This entails an education that fosters creative and critical thinking. Our graduates will learn the process of transferring ideas from basic research to a marketable product, how to handle intellectual property and how to make a successful business plan. A series of courses offered to fulfill this objective.
Graduates of the University of Science and Technology should be recognized for their ability to read critically and to write clearly. This capability is essential for appreciating the workings of the human imagination, to discover and assess the values of the student's own culture and to explore alternative ways of looking at the world. This goal is realized by offering courses in literature and philosophy.
As English is the most popular language for science and engineering, it is essential that admitted students at the University of Science and Technology have a sufficient level of English proficiency. This will enable them to cope with international developments in various fields of science and technology. Accordingly, all admitted students must sit for an exam to determine their level of English proficiency. In addition, all students are required to take a course in English for Science.