Ain Shams University

About the university

Ain Shams University was founded as the third Egyptian university in July 1950 under the name of "Ibrahim Pasha University". Together with the two previous universities, "Cairo University" (Fua'd the 1st) and "Alexandria University" (Farouk the 1st), it contributed to fulfilling the mission of universities and meeting the growing demand of youth for higher education. At its foundation, Ain Shams University included a number of prestigious faculties and academic institutes, which were later expanded into a university.

The TRANSLANG project cooperates with the Faculty of Education at Ain Shams University, especially with the Center of Excellence for Studies and Research in German and Arabic as a Foreign Language (EZ-DAAF) and the German Department.
Both the Center of Excellence and the German Department are centrally located on the green campus of the Faculty of Education of Ain Shams University in the Heliopolis district.

The German Department of the Ain Shams University

The German Department of the Ain Shams University was founded in 1975 and is one of the oldest German departments at Egyptian universities. The department's 35 lecturers teach about 400 students per year. The research focus of the department members can be classified in the fields of linguistics, literary studies and cultural studies.

The following academic programs are offered at the German Department:

  • a program for bachelor students for German teacher education for lower and upper secondary schools,
  • a one-year diploma for postgraduate students: the General Diploma for Teacher Education,
  • another one-year diploma for postgraduate students: the General Diploma for Teacher Education with a major in Linguistics or Literary Studies,
  • a master's degree program, and
  • a doctoral program.

Since its establishment, the German Department has been supported by the DAAD and the Goethe Institute. Among other things, master's and doctoral theses are supervised by teams of international lecturers. Members of the Kairin German Department work closely with professors and lecturers from the University of Hamburg, LMU Munich and the University of Hildesheim on international teaching and cross-university joint research projects.

The Center of Excellence for Study and Research in German and Arabic as a Foreign Language (EZ-DAAF)

The EZ-DAAF was founded in 2008 and aims to qualify experts in the two languages, German and Arabic as a foreign language, through its diverse, academic offerings. 

It also offers courses in German and Arabic as a foreign language at all levels from A1 to C2. The EZ-DAAF is also oriented towards international standards with regard to the qualification of the teaching staff, the use of modern teaching-learning methods as well as the spatial and technical equipment. It works closely with the German Department, the Arabic Department and the Department of Methodology and Curriculum Planning of the Faculty of Education. Students from the University of Leipzig, University of Marburg and the University of Copenhagen, among others, have participated in Arabic courses so far.

In addition, the EZ-DAAF offers internship opportunities in cooperation with its partners such as the Goethe Institute, the GUC and many international schools.


Contact persons and further information

Contact persons:

SUH: Dr. Janina Vernal Schmidt

Ain Shams: Dr. Heba Emam und Fatma Abdelazim


Web sites:

Web site Ain Shams:

Web site Faculty of Education: