Global Academic Foundation

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The University of Hertfordshire works with its Egyptian partner Global Academic Foundation (GAF) to deliver Hertfordshire degrees in Egypt under the international Branch Campus Law 162.

The 50 acre campus is located in the New Administrative Capital in Cairo and welcomed its first cohort of students in 2019. The campus has grown substantially since its launch and currently has over 2800 students across 12 academic programmes.

Students studying in Egypt follow programmes with the same learning outcomes as their UK colleagues and so they graduate with a UK degree but are based in Egypt. UH-GAF offers a range of programmes in the Schools of Business, Life and Medical Sciences, Health, Creative Arts, Humanities and Engineering and Computer Sciences.  In addition to a range of internship opportunities locally, UH-GAF Students have the opportunity of spend a semester or a full academic year in UH in the UK through a study abroad exchange agreement.

Global Academic Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative, which provides a complete British education and experience, producing graduates who are attractive to major Egyptian, UK and international employers. This fits with the University of Hertfordshire’s ethos of being one of the leaders in graduate employment rate in the UK with a staggering 93% of students being in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA, 2020).

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Gaf Campus
GAF Campus
GAF Campus
Gaf Campus

In order to support this development, a senior delegation of academics from the University went to validate the range of programmes, including Business, Mass Communications and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Cutting rope at GAF

Global Academic Foundation is committed to driving a knowledge-based and innovation-led academic model, thus contributing to transform Egypt into the destination of choice when it comes to exceptional higher education. They aim to become one of the biggest hosts to multi-tiered international branch campuses, bringing to the New Capital of Egypt some of the best universities in the world.

The launch of the University of Hertfordshire’s branch in Egypt follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing branch campuses in Egypt between the UK's Minister for Higher Education and Industrial Strategy and Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, in January 2018. Supported by Universities UK, the MoU follows sustained growth in UK-Egypt higher education partnerships which have increased substantially since the signing of a government to government MoU on education, research and innovation in 2015, which opened the doors to new opportunities.

Virtual tour

The campus is 50 acres and includes 22 buildings with 32 classes and 12 laboratories, a football court, tennis court, multipurpose court, gym, library, cafeteria, and transportation.

Want to see more of the Egypt campus and explore the buildings in the New Capital? Take the virtual tour of the GAF campus.

James Perrin speaking at GAF
Ambassidors touring GAF
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Science students looking at camera
Science students in lab coats

University of Hertfordshire courses available at Global Academic Foundation

School of Business

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • BA (Hons) Advertising and Digital Marketing
  • BA Business Management with Information Systems
  • BA Business Management with Leadership and Management
  • BSc Economics and Finance

School of Creative Arts

  • BA (Hons) Digital Media Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • BA (Hons) Mass Communications

School of Engineering and Computer Science

  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Cyber Security and Networks)

School of Health and Social Work

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

School of Life and Medical Sciences

  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science
  • BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BSc Psychology

More programmes to be delivered in the following years upon agreement of both sides.

More information

Find out more about the programmes and institution on the Global Academic Foundation website.