of Agriculture - University of Cairo
Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Cairo is the oldest
and largest educational institute in the area of agriculture
in Egypt. Today, it consists of 18 departments with 585 teachers
and 3,410 students in the undergraduate program, and 1290 students
in post-graduate program. Within this faculty, the department
of rural sociology is recognized for its expertise in the area
of rural sociology and institutional analysis. The department
has taught this specialty since the 1950s. A rural sociology
option was created in 1961 under the department of agricultural
economics. A new department of rural sociology was created in
1984. Sociology and related rural development courses are being
taught until now at the undergraduate level (Bachelor of Science),
as well as at the Master of Science and the PhD program. Rural
sociology and related courses have been taught from the first
year onwards in both the Arabic and English programs. Since 2002-2003
an English education program specialized in Rural Community Development
is launched as an option at the Bachelor’s Degree level.
However, rural sociology and rural development related courses
are still offered throughout the Diploma, Master’s and
PhD degree programs.
activities of education in sociology and rural development
are offered by the Department of Rural Sociology and Agricultural
Extension. Meanwhile, many research activities are managed
by the department and the Center for Rural Development Research
and Studies (CRDRS). CRDRS is undertaking now, for example,
few projects on the social impacts of new settlements in the
newly reclaimed lands projects, and institutional and social
innovations pertaining to local irrigation management in the
Mediterranean region (project financed by EU-MEDA in collaboration
with France, Spain, Lebanon, Morocco, and Italy).
The department offers two subsidiary programs in sociology and rural development:
- A program specializing in local development in English (3rd year of Bachelor’s
- A post-graduate diploma degree entitled « Planning and Evaluation of
Rural Development Projects », taught in Arabic.
also offers two post graduate programs at the Master’s of Science
and PhD levels in the area of rural sociology.
The department of rural sociology welcomes, notably, numerous students from
and African countries. The « Rural Development Projects » training
accepts 10 to 15 students per academic year.
Since 1997, the various teachings in the Department of Agriculture have been
organized according to the credit hour system (1 credit represents 15 hours of
theoretical coursework and 30 hours of supervised work and practicum) ; the post-graduate
degree requires 30 credits and the Master’s of Science 30 credits over
2 years, plus a thesis.
department’s teaching team is made up of 13 professors,
6 in rural sociology, and 9 assistants. All of the professors
have a PhD and are fluent in English (several did their studies
abroad). One professor and 2 assistants speak French. For
the youngest professors, language courses will nevertheless
be necessary to support the projects of international cooperation.
Altogether, few teachers have good knowledge of computers
in general. Some can use Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, statistical
software (SPSS), or the Internet.
available include 4 PCs for students with Internet; an
audio-visual lab, and 2 photocopiers. Under the supervision
of CRDRS there is a modern e-communication lab equipped
with all audiovisual materials (data show, video and still
cameras and video conferencing) and 11 computers supported
by ADSL are available, through the FORMDER project, for
both staff and undergraduate and graduate students.
of FORMDER project for the institution
of Agriculture is engaged in a reform process of its teaching
system as part of a policy of superior education reform in
Egypt, aimed at perfecting its educational system and introducing
an international dimension. In this sense, the FORMDER project
would bring to the faculty, and especially the rural sociology
department, the components necessary to replenish its education
system, from the standpoint of content as well as methods,
and help the department to become more internationally open.