Al-Azhar University-Gaza (AUG) is a Palestinian, public, non-profit and independent higher education institution. It was established in 1991 in the Gaza City by a presidential decree issued and signed by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to be a non-conventional lighthouse in the course of higher education in Palestine.
AUG had a modest beginning with only two faculties; the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Education. However, numerous improvements were brought in 1992 including establishing four more faculties; the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences. Due to the continuous development of the university, the Faculty of Applied Medical Science was opened to meet the needs of the Palestinian community in the medical aspects. The success of the Applied Medical Faculty encouraged the university to open the Faculty of Medicine in 1999 as the first medical faculty in the Gaza Strip. AUG always makes sure to be in the lead and to keep up with the rapidly developed sciences. Therefore, it has taken an important step by opening the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in 2001 as the tenth faculty of the university. AUG aspires to help the Palestinian society as much as it can. Therefore, Dr. Haidar Abdel Shafi Faculty for Dentistry was opened to provide the Palestinian with the opportunity to study dentistry at home. Thousands of Palestinian students have joined AUG, pursuing studies in different academic fields, and acquiring the Palestinian values to help them take part in the construction of their own state. AUG has currently around 16,000 undergraduate students in twelve faculties (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Applied Medical Sciences, Agriculture and Environment, Education, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Arts and Human Sciences, Law, and Sharia). Moreover, AUG comprises educational centers which meet the needs of the Palestinian community and help its youth majoring in diverse and fruitful fields of post-graduate knowledge. The University has also established postgraduate study programs towards a Master's degree in Pharmacy, Arts, Mediterranean Studies, Law, Education, Agriculture, Water Sciences and Environment, Statistics, Accounting, Business Administration, Economic, Political Sciences, Chemistry, Biology ,Mathematics and IT Computing and Information System as well as a PhD's degree in Chemistry.
Al Azhar University-Gaza (AUG) aims to satisfy the needs of the Palestinian community with qualified personnel in diverse disciplines of knowledge, applied scientific research, and sustainable development. AUG focuses on employing the most sophisticated information technology and communication means in maintaining the authenticity of Arab-Islamic heritage as well as adhering to human rights principles. Al Azhar University-Gaza (AUG) strives to create knowledge, uniqueness, excellence, innovation and creativity through the academics and students; to be one of the pioneering universities nationally, regionally and internationally; to be a beacon of scientific research and
development in the Palestinian society; and to be fully committed to comprehensive quality and continuous improvement.