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22 March 2006 PR 06/32

Loughborough University congratulates The British University in Egypt on the occasion of its formal opening

Loughborough University today (March 22) congratulated the British University in Egypt (BUE) on its formal opening in the presence of The First Lady of The Arab Republic of Egypt and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Loughborough welcomes the development of this ground-breaking initiative, which provides a British style education and will produce graduates who are attractive to major Egyptian, UK and international employers.

The University particularly commends BUE’s aim to build a strong research community, which will contribute to international research priorities, address issues relevant to the Egyptian economy, and help to ensure that the BUE attains worldwide recognition.

For the last three years Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd has been providing advice on university management, administration and organisation, as well as on the development of syllabuses and teaching materials, to the team developing the academic programmes at the BUE.

The BUE represents an unprecedented extension of British education in the Middle East, and Loughborough is pleased to be working with partner organisations in both the UK and Egypt on such a pioneering project.

Loughborough is now engaged in discussions about establishing a formal partnership with BUE, under which the University would validate BUE’s undergraduate programmes.

Professor Shirley Pearce CBE, Vice Chancellor Loughborough University said: “I am very impressed with what BUE has achieved in such a short time and we are very pleased to have been invited to discuss further links. Loughborough is one of the top UK universities and, like the BUE, has a strong vocational focus and links to industry and so there could be many opportunities to engage with the BUE in research projects and support for international companies in Egypt and the Middle East region.”

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Notes for editors

1. Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd
Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Loughborough University

2. The British University in Egypt – background information
The initial steps towards the development of a British University in Egypt emerged in 1998 when the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the then Prime Minister of Egypt launched the Egyptian British Business Council (EBBC) formed from major UK and Egyptian companies engaged in trade between the two countries.

One of the objectives the Prime Ministers set was for the creation of a British University in Egypt supported by the EBBC and by UK Universities. Such a university would deliver UK quality degrees and produce graduates of UK standard. These high quality graduates would be attractive to UK and Egyptian companies as potential employees. Since then The BUE has enjoyed the support of both the British and Egyptian governments.

During the years 2004-2005 the BUE organisational and management structure was developed, phase 1 of the Campus comprising 27,000sq m of buildings was constructed on a site of 40 acres in El-Shorouk City and the first cohort of students started their academic year in September 2005.

Amongst the Board of Trustees of The BUE are Sir Derek Plumbly (the British Ambassador to Egypt), Sir David Davies, Sir Clive Booth, Sir David Blatherwick and Lords Coe and Stone ensuring a strong British presence at the highest levels of governance of the University. Distinguished Egyptians on the Board of Trustees include the major sponsors Farid Khamis (Chairman) and Raed Hashem as well as Boutros Boutros Ghali, Sir Magdy Yacoub and Mohamed Noseir amongst others.

To ensure the British style of education the target is to recruit 70% of academic staff either from UK higher education or others with substantial UK higher education experience. Other key management and administrative posts are also to be filled by those with a background and experience in UK Higher Education. To establish and develop a supportive learning environment similar to that found in UK universities most of the staff are full-time dedicated to the BUE only.

The BUE aims to develop a strong programme of research and the appointment of internationally recognised research-active staff to academic positions represents the beginning of realising this ambition.

3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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