GU Joins Global Alliance & Partners with ASU to Develop Groundbreaking International Programs

Galala University has been selected to join the Cintana Alliance, enabling its students to benefit from collaboration with some of the world’s most innovative institutions. As part of the initiative, Galala University will launch dual degree programs with Arizona State University in a number of disciplinary domains, including business and engineering. For the first time in Egypt, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree from both an American university and an Egyptian one, without leaving Egypt.

“Over the last several years, developing new, high quality national universities – including Galala University – has been core to the country’s strategic goal in improving higher education. GU is emerging as a state-of-the-art higher education institution that aims to provide our students with the highest level of learning, skills and competencies that enables them to compete nationally, regionally and globally," said Ashraf Haider Ghaleb, Acting President of Galala University. “Together with Arizona State University and the Cintana Alliance, we will develop a unique collaboration to achieve our strategic goal of globalization, by providing GU students the opportunity to pursue dual degrees from our institution and Arizona State University. We look forward to working with our partners in the U.S.”

Galala University is the newest member of the Cintana Alliance, a global network of ambitious universities working together to develop and scale high-quality academic programs that respond to their country’s economic and social needs. The Alliance was established through a partnership between Cintana Education and Arizona State University (ASU). Named the most innovative university in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report for the last six years and one of the world’s most prestigious universities by Times Higher Education, ASU has the largest engineering college in the United States. The Master of Global Management at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Business Management is also ranked first in the world by Times Higher Education and The Wall Street Journal.

“Globally, higher education must embrace a leading role in driving technological innovation, preparing our next generation for the jobs of the future, and advancing a healthy society,” said Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University. “We welcome Galala University to the Alliance, and look forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and ultimately, be a catalyst for positive change in our communities.”

Cintana Alliance members benefit from access to Arizona State University’s online curriculum and expertise in digital learning, insights into how to build a world-class research program, and articulation agreements that enable students to earn an ASU credential or degree. In close collaboration with ASU, Cintana will be providing Galala University with best practices in strategy, technology, management and access to world-class curriculum, faculty and research capabilities.

“Egypt has a rich history of cultural, social, and industrial innovation. Galala University, one of the country’s newest universities, stands to play a critical role in driving positive change throughout the region,” said Douglas L. Becker, Founder and Chairman of Cintana Education. “We are delighted to welcome Galala University to the Cintana Alliance, and will work alongside them to provide the best of the Egyptian and American education systems to students, along with the opportunity to earn a degree from a top tier American research university.”

Galala University is one of the newest universities in Egypt, established in 2020 by a Presidential decree, and is located at the city of Galala Mountain in the Red Sea area. Over the next few years, the university will accommodate over 15,000 students. The university comprises fourteen faculties in various scientific fields and disciplines such as: engineering, computer sciences, architecture, business and administrative sciences, medicine, dentistry, clinical pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy, applied health sciences technology and basic sciences. The university also includes the faculties of the art and design, humanities and social Sciences, media production, food Industry, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, renewable energy, and petrochemical sciences.

“Egypt’s future is tied to the development of our youth as well as the youth of the Arab World and our neighbors in Africa. Part of that growth and development will come from nurturing the innovation and talent we have here in our country and the region. We are delighted to partner with Arizona State University to bring their premier teaching, research, and technology experience to Egypt, expanding our capabilities to support that growth in the process,” said Prof. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

About Galala University

Galala University was established to be the first-ever smart-university on the Egyptian territory, adhering to the “Fourth Generation Universities” worldwide, which put Scientific Research, Local and International Jobs Requirements, and Hands-on Experience at the core of its learning strategy. The University’s unique geographic location in Galala city, 700 meters above sea level and only 160km from Cairo, inspires students’ talent and imagination and provides an enjoyable learning experience. Staff and faculty from across the university work collaboratively to provide an outstanding learning experience to GU’s local and international students, ensuring student leave with a premier education.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.


About Cintana Education

Cintana Education enables universities around the world to increase quality and scale in order to provide more students with the education they need and deserve. We provide world class expertise and access to our own proprietary resources as well as those of Arizona State University, a top-ranked university that shares our vision of expanding access through growth and innovation. Together, we are building the Cintana Alliance, an international network of universities that will work together to meet the rising global demand for high quality post-secondary education.

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