Sawiris Foundation for Social Development donates 100 million Egyptian pounds to Zewail City

The Chairman of Zewail City of Science and Technology, Prof. Ahmed Zewail, announced that Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) donated 100 million Egyptian pounds to the City. The announcement came during a press conference which was held at the new campus of Zewail City in 6th of October Gardens, 6th of October City on March 16, 2015.

“I’ve always believed in the importance of education and the key role it will play in our future,” said Samih Sawiris, member of the SFSD board of trustees, and chairman of Orascom Development Holdings in his speech during the ceremony. SFSD is recognized pioneer in the provision of innovative and sustainable development initiatives, promoting increased empowerment of, and participation by, the people of Egypt.

During his speech, Zewail expressed his gratitude to every Egyptian who donated to Egypt’s National Project for Scientific Renaissance, and explained how the project wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the support of the government, the Armed Forces, and the Egyptian people.

Many public figures and government officials have attended the press conference, including the Minister of Education, Moheb El-Rafei; Minister of Higher Education, Al-Sayed Abdel Khalek; Minister of Scientific Research, Sherif Hammad; and Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Khaled Negm.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in a meeting with Zewail decreed that the new campus will be built by the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces and inaugurated in a one-year time frame.

The construction of Zewail City’s new campus is the result of decree 115 issued by Former Egyptian President Adly Mansour on April 9, 2014 granting 200 acres to Zewail City in the October Gardens of 6th of October City.

Zewail City’s University of Science and Technology and Research Institutes are now fully operational at the Sheikh Zayed campus—in accord with decree 832 granted by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab—until the construction of the new campus is completed.