Al-Azhar University *University


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Foundation: 975

Mission: Al-Azhar University is keen to introduce scientific programs conforming to the regional and international standards with a view of developing the scientific research and gathering the Islamic and human heritage as well as the most recent inventions of science and its applications together. In a word, it respects heritage and welcomes modernity as integral elements. The university is working to achieve the following: 1. Presenting the Islamic message of moderation and tolerance through the publication of the heritage of Arabs and Muslims, enhancing the culture of social peace, addressing modern issues in different languages, and resisting extremism. As such, it works on preparing highly qualified graduates, who are aware of the basics of Islamic Da‘wah and can communicate with all locally, regionally and universally. 2. Linking academic programs with labor market needs through a variety of graduates endowed with necessary skills for the use of modern technologies. 3. Providing a good climate for scientific and technological research and introducing different advices as well as availing of up-to-date achievements. 4. Offering social services and contributing to environmental development by virtue of raising the religious and cultural awareness and open cooperation with human thinking and development in all areas. Al-Azhar University is the largest university worldwide. It was established before the University of Bologna, Italy. It is the third oldest Islamic university after Zaytouna and Al-Qarawiyyin‏. For centuries, Al-Azhar has remained an institution for education whereas Zaytouna and Al-Qarawiyyin universities ceased to be so for long time. Located in Cairo—the capital of Egypt, with many branches in most of Egyptian governorates, Al-Azhar University is the world largest Islamic religious institution. For more than one thousand years, Al-Azhar University has been a beacon of science and the scientific world center gathering students of legislative, Arabic, natural, and human sciences. It has long been a center of moderation, imparting Islamic culture, tolerance, and ethics, and denouncing extremism, and sectarian and political intolerance. It was in ruwaqs (traditional classroom inside Al-Azhar Mosque) that kings, sultans, presidents, Al-Azhar Sheikhs, Muftis, ministers, ambassadors, scientists, and others from all corners of the world learned knowledge. Mosque and Uni

Vision: Al-Azhar University, ranking among the oldest universities in the world, is looking forward to enhancing its leading role worldwide in presenting the right Islamic principles based on moderation and excellence in education, research, and building moderate and constructive Muslim personalities, who can contribute to the development of human civilization.

Subordinate organizations:

  • Al-Azhar University Hospital


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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldAfricaMiddle EastARAB COUNTRIESEgypt
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 684th27th52nd23rd9th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 814th21st54th24th11th
Business, Management and Accounting 946th85th149th97th20th
Chemistry 697th31st96th47th15th
Computer Science 701st61st130th94th25th
Dentistry 378th6th49th21st5th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 512th42nd55th33rd8th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 319th8th13th7th2nd
Energy 571st47th106th56th21st
Engineering 636th58th137th86th25th
Environmental Science 627th53rd112th51st20th
Mathematics 612th36th93rd50th13th
Medicine 726th29th53rd23rd8th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 442nd8th21st11th6th
Physics and Astronomy 726th47th133rd63rd23rd
Social Sciences 716th33rd64th21st4th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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