SEKEM was founded with the idea of sustainable development and giving back to the community. The vision that brought Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish to dig the first well in the vast desert land still resounds in SEKEMs approach of conducting business. Like a compass, our vision, mission and values guide us in the everyday work in all SEKEM companies.

Sustainable development towards a future where every human being can unfold his or her individual potential; where mankind is living together in social forms reflecting human dignity; and where all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles.

In 1977, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish started the SEKEM Initiative on an untouched part of the Egyptian desert (70 hectares) 60 km northeast of Cairo. Using Biodynamic agricultural methods, desert land was revitalized and a striving agricultural business developed. Over the years, SEKEM became the umbrella of a multifaceted agro-industrial group of companies and NGOs, including different educational institutions or a Medical Center. Today, SEKEM is regarded as a leading social business worldwide.



Seeks to empower students to be the champions of sustainable development in different spheres of life.
It provide a place where new ideas meet fertile ground for research and teaching.
Education at Heliopolis University combines teaching, research, and practice with a uniquely humanistic core program, developing curious and creative minds that can reflect and act to shape a better future for all of us.

Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development was established in 2009 with the aim to pioneer the introduction of the concepts and principles of sustainable development to the students and the Egyptian community to improve well-being by decreasing threats to the Earth’s systems through industrialization and consumption. 

Heliopolis University strives for conscious Sustainable Development, economic solidarity, social responsibility, and environmental balance in Egypt and the world. Form the onset, Heliopolis University developed a sustainable campus practice through:

  • Increased use of Solar Power
  • Waste Water Treatment for Irrigation
  • Conscious Waste Management and Recycling

The degree programs offered at Heliopolis University address the concepts and theories of sustainable development through a multi-disciplinary holistic approach that integrates teaching, learning, research, and practice. The unique Core Program further enriches the learning experience by focusing on sustainability and human development.