High school students visit Zewail City

In an unprecedented step, Zewail City of Science and Technology opened its doors to dozens of high schools students from Cairo, Giza and Dakahlia Governorates.

Dr. Sherif Sedky, Zewail University's founding provost, welcomed the students and gave them a lecture on the history of nanotechnology and its role in advancing global industry over the past decade. Sedky pointed out that ancient Egyptians were the first to use nanotechnology while building the pyramids, as they developed a novel technique for transporting the stones used in construction.

Sedky also explained the goals and components of Zewail City, as well as the types of study at Zewail University and its various specializations that focus on modern science. The students listened to a number of faculty members and professors discuss their research experiences at various Egyptian and international universities.

The students were also taken on a tour of the City, accompanied by faculty members who answered any questions they had. The students expressed their delight at being allowed this opportunity to visit the City and at having been given an overview of the latest advances in science.

The tour included a visit to Zewail University, which recently opened its online admissions for the academic year 2013/2014. The admission process will continue until 25 July to allow year 12 high school students the chance to apply.

Since admissions opened, over 3000 qualifying students have applied to the university. A number of admitted students will be granted full scholarships, as the university aims to attract exceptional students deserving of this honor for their merit in achievement or need of support. The university will provide students with high quality education of international standard.

As Dr. Ahmed Zewail’s unexpected travel prevented him from meeting with the students, he sent them a message in which he stressed that Egypt's future depends on the new generation of youth, as well as progress in scientific research.