Region: Greater Middle East
President Mukhtar Al-Faryadani Inaugurates new Ibn Rushd University of Economics & Social Sciences
Ahmed Ibn Rushd (1126 - 1198 CE) was an esteemed philosopher, polymath and jurist from Islamic Al-Andalus, revered for his commentary and translation of Aristotle's work. In fact, many of Aristotle's writings are still known of today due to Ibn Rushd's translation efforts into the Arabic Language. During the Cultural renaissance called Al-Nahda (renaissance) in the Arabic-speaking world and the works of Ibn Rushd were seen as inspiration to modernize the Muslim intellectual tradition. These contributions to philosophical works are studied in length within the Egyptian school system and its social science courses, introducing critical theories to the youthful masses, a key tenant of the Islamic Socialist Revolution and its Party.
Located to the east of Cairo and the Nile Delta, the new ' Ibn Rushd University of Economics & Social Sciences' or IRUESS would be consistent in the states veneration of Islamic philosophers and critical schools of thought. The project began construction in 2006, being part of a wider national scheme to make higher educational opportunities more available to a growing national student body, however this school would be unique. Specializing in the study of economic systems, philosophy, history and post-Colonial theories among other humanities, the university is said to assist in developing a more diverse intellectual pool in the future. In the sphere of economics, this is most important, considering the the recent economic liberalization pursued by the state, and the transition to pragmatic economics, Egypt's labour and management pool must adjust from decades of centralized planning.
Boasting a department of 'Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies', 'East Asian Studies', 'European Studies', 'Central Asian & Eurasian Studies', 'Eastern European Studies' among others, IRUESS is truly international, especially with regards to raising the next generation of informed Egyptian diplomats in an increasingly globalized world. This globalized world, the Party says, is one Egypt must join to ensure its prosperity and open new diplomatic ties on the basis of Islamic Struggle. The opening ceremony, held in the modern atrium of the main building, was attended by press, students and government officials, notably Comrade President Ali Barakat. The President was in fact the opening speaker, a signal to the importance of the university, and wider educational projects to the Revolution.