Dr. Ashraf Mohamed El-Shihy is the 3rd President of Badr University in Cairo (BUC). Prior to joining BUC, Dr. Ashraf served in multiple prestigious positions in the higher education sector throughout Egypt to include as the former Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the former President of Egyptian Chinese University, and the former President of Zagazig University.
Dr. Ashraf serves as the Head of the Education and Scientific Research Policies Committee in the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for several higher education institutions in Egypt; a Board Member of the Egypt Academy of Scientific Research; a member of the committee responsible for recruiting and selecting the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Councilors/Attachés from Egypt who are assigned to serve in foreign countries; and a Board Member on the Holding Company for Investment & Development, Housing and Development Bank – Egypt.
Dr. Ashraf has had extensive experience in developing international relations and is a much sought-after expert in the field of strategic planning for education and scientific research. To that end, Dr. Ashraf led two of the largest associations in the field of education and scientific research in Africa. In October 2015, he was elected in Addis Ababa to a 2-year term as Head of the Technical Bureau for Education, Science and Technology (STC) in Africa. He was also elected at Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in December 2015 to serve for 2 years as the Head of the Association for Developing Education in Africa (AFEA). During his tenure with STC and AFEA, his responsibilities included meeting on many occasions with the ministers of education representing all African nations.
Dr. Ashraf’s most favored position has been as a Professor of Structural Engineering since 1995. This is where he is able to positively influence students in becoming the next generation of professionals in the field of engineering, scientific research, and education. His qualifications confirm his ability to do so. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, 1977; a joint MSc degree in Engineering Materials, from Southampton University, England and Zagazig University, Egypt, (British Council Scholarship), 1981; and a PhD in Advanced Structural Engineering from Southampton University, England, 1986