In 1938, the nucleus of the Alexandria University had its beginning in the form of two satellite faculties of Fouad the First University. One of the main concerns of Alexandria University is the development of highly employable graduates who will be able to positively contribute to the economic, social, and cultural life of the wider community and have the capacity for, and commitment to, continued personal and professional development. Alexandria University is focused on undertaking dynamic and sustainable regional engagements in recognition of the rapidly changing global environment and being committed to excellence in education, research, and leadership development. This was one of the main reasons for the university vice-president to fully support the preparation of this proposal. Alexandria University, with 175,000 undergraduate students and 19,000 graduate students, is considered the second biggest university in Egypt and the Middle East.
Having the university’s top management involved in the project provides a great opportunity for achieving the project goals, particularly for developing a multi-disciplinary degree in which several faculties are involved. It is noteworthy that the strategic plan of Alexandria University for its new campus is to focus on multi-disciplinary degrees and research activities. Dr Khaled el Saadany of the University of Alexandria has considerable experience in Environmental Education and has contributed to several workshops for education for sustainable development. He has produced sustainable agriculture related books and courses with innovative ideas and content on dry-lands, climate change, remote sensing, and water quality. Alexandria University participates in the preparation of the GIEP and offers its courses, and collaborates with POLIMI in the implementation of the training programme. In addition, Alexandria University will play a central role in the dissemination work package.