About Us

In 2009 the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage was established as a European Union project under the EU-Tempus III Programme. The project aimed to create a specialized centre for postgraduate studies which provides education and training at different levels in aspects of maritime and underwater archaeology, And to develop a postgraduate Diploma and Master programmes in Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, designed and structured in accordance with EU standards.

The Centre

Recent underwater discoveries and maritime archaeological projects in Egypt have revealed the country’s unique potential for maritime archaeological exploration and research. In response, the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage has been created to introduce, for the first time, education and training in maritime and underwater archaeology into the Egyptian higher education curricula.

The Centre is funded through a grant from the Trans-European mobility scheme for university studies (Tempus), as well as a number of corporations and private donors.

The establishment of the Centre is a collaborative project between six consortium members from the EU and Egypt fronted by the University of Southampton. Collectively they provide the necessary academic, technical and administrative expertise required for the achievement of the centre’s objectives.

Aims

The Centre offers a postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts degrees in Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, designed and structured in accordance with EU standards.

The programme aims to provide graduates from different backgrounds with a sound theoretical and methodological foundation in the investigation, interpretation and management of the maritime and underwater archaeological resource within its wider context. Hence, participants in the programme would be provided with the basis for a professional career in this field or a sound foundation for further research.

The Project Partners

Alexandria University
TEMPUS
University of Southampton
Nautical Archaeology Society
Ministry of Antiquities
Arab Academy for Science and Technology
CE Alex
University de Provence
University of Ulster

The project also received general support from

Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Mansour Group
BG Group
HSBC
ORASCOM Telecom Egypt

Facilities

The centre occupies the ground floor of the northern building of the Faculty of Arts. It consists of two lecture rooms equipped with interactive smart boards, a specialised library, a computer laboratory equipped with twenty PCs, a conservation training laboratory in addiction to a storage space where the diving, photography and excavation equipment are kept. The centre also owns a 6m Rigid Inflatable Boat which is used for training and research. It also has a waterfront facility overlooking the historic Eastern Harbour of Alexandria where practical sessions take place.

Academics

Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage:

The degree includes six units taught over the duration of two semesters. Four compulsory core units which cover the theory and methodology of maritime and underwater archaeology, in addition to two optional units.

Master of Arts in Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage:

The degree includes eight units taught over the duration of four semesters. Four compulsory core units in addition to four optional units. Students are also required to write a 15,000 – 20,000 word dissertation which is produced as the result of independent research undertaken during the degree.

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As a full member Alexandria University team leaded by Prof. Emad Khalil attended the annual meeting of The UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology which has been held in late April [...]

Our Staff

  • Prof. Emad Khalil
    Prof. Emad KhalilExcuive Director
  • Mohamed Khedr
    Mohamed KhedrResearcher / Administration Staff
  • Sara Ibrahim
    Sara IbrahimResearcher / Administration Staff
  • Mohammed Salama
    Mohammed SalamaResearcher / Administration Staff

Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Mohamed Abd El-Maguid
    Dr. Mohamed Abd El-MaguidLecturer
  • Dr. Mohamed El-Saied
    Dr. Mohamed El-SaiedLecturer

Technical Support

  • Mahmoud Shaheen
      Mahmoud ShaheenTechnical Support
    • Moamen Karson
        Moamen KarsonTechnical Support

      Technicians

      • Ragab Mahgoub
          Ragab MahgoubDriver
        • Osama Sadiq
          Osama SadiqTechnician
        • Mohammed Salah
          Mohammed SalahTechnician

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