Al Azhar University

Al Azhar University, was built in 1991 and offers a range of fascinating subjects for its 17, 000 students.

Faculties include law, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, science, art, economics, managerial sciences, IT and engineering. For those young people with the passion and drive to achieve their academic potential, there are 63 bachelor degrees and 21 master’s degrees available for study.

This relatively small campus is built on a 38 dunum site, which currently accommodates 10 very overcrowded buildings, thanks to the damage and destruction sustained as a result of the last war on Gaza. Thanks to local institutions minimal work has been carried out to rehabilitate the university, which has been greatly appreciated and has made a great start to the incredible work to follow.

When work gets underway, the students can look forward to a wonderful new space to learn in; with deeper infrastructure work such as tackling the issues the university has with the low water supply and the rebuilding of the toilet blocks, as well as bringing in the necessary furniture needed for the students to work comfortably.

Alongside the restoration of the existing facilities, there will also be time dedicated to creating new spaces. In particular, a space for hobbies and activities will be developed, as the current space in the conference centre simply doesn’t allow for each student to have the space and facilities that they deserve.

This is a particularly exciting element of the project for the students as emphasis on extra-curricular skills and experiences are given importance alongside the academic qualifications that each student is working towards. The computer labs currently house outdated machines that use old and obsolescing devices.

Part of the reconstruction work is going to see new and modern computers brought in and students in Gaza able to keep up with their international peers both in modernity and in the endless valuable ways that social media can keep them connected with those outside.

In addition to this exciting project the generosity of the Government of Morocco have pledged a wonderful donation of 4.5 million for the faculty of agriculture; the original building for which was totally blasted during the last war on Gaza.

The new site will be built on 130 dunums of land and will represent a fantastic rebirth of the Al-Hazar University, and along with the whole project will see this university returned to it’s former glory.