Research Philosophy

The Research Institutes at Zewail City produce research which touches Egyptians’ daily lives through solving inherent and prevailing problems in a number of areas, such as health, technology, energy and water. This will ultimately create sustainable development through industries built on the outputs of scientific research.

Zewail City’s Supreme Advisory Board approved the establishment of seven institutes representing the following research frontiers:

  1. Helmy Institute for Medical Sciences (HIMS)
  2. Institute for Nanoscience and Informatics (INI)
  3. Institute for Imaging and Visualization (IIV) 
    • Center for Imaging and Microscopy (CIM)
    • Center for X-Ray Determination of the Structure of Matter (CXDS)
  4. Institute for Economics and Global Affairs (IEGA)
    • Talaat Harb Center for Economics and Development (THC)
  5. Institute for Basic Sciences (IBS)
  6. Institute for Energy, Environment and Space (IEES)
  7. Institute for Virtual Education (IVE)
    • Center for Learning Technologies (CLT)

This structure represents the planned initiatives at Zewail City of Science and Technology, which will evolve to include additional institutes as further progress is made and as dictated by changes in the scientific landscape worldwide. The most significant criteria for selecting new institutes will be the quality of researchers involved and the availability of sustainable funding for research in an intellectually free environment.

Graduate research studies will be conducted in Zewail City’s Research Institutes. Research will be conducted at the highest level, with the aim of ultimately reaching the level of institutes such as the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. These institutes will be dedicated to broad but interrelated scientific and technological disciplines. Some fields of research will be particularly relevant to the needs of Egypt and the region. These include R&D in energy, information technology, medicine, and other areas related to water resources and global climate change.

In the initial phase, there will be up to twelve research institutes. With the passage of time and beyond its first decade, there may appear the need to create new research institutes, but the uniqueness and distinction of the institution must be strictly maintained. The University of Science and Technology and the Research Institutes will accept the participation of students and researchers independent of ethnicity, race or religion. However, priority will be given to Egyptian students and scholars.