Wycombe Abbey opens its first school in the MENA Region in Egypt

Posted on 13th Oct 2023 in School News, International Education

Wycombe Abbey is pleased to announce that it will open a new school in Egypt in September 2024. This new school will be called Wycombe Abbey International Cairo East.

Wycombe Abbey, an outstanding independent school in the UK, has established a strategic partnership with the WMC Educational Foundation in Egypt, who have also partnered with ACUD, the corporation responsible for developing Egypt’s New Capital City, to establish world class international schools across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

Wycombe Abbey was established by Dame Frances Dove in 1896 and has over 125 years of experience educating young people. Today it is known for its superb academic outcomes which allow its pupils to gain places at the top universities around the world. Pupils are also developed through participation in the school’s rich and varied co-curricular provision and are inspired to become future-focused leaders who will make a positive difference in the world.

Wycombe Abbey International (WAI) was established as the international arm of Wycombe Abbey in 2016 and has already established four international schools in mainland China and Hong Kong. The partnership with the WMC Education Foundation and ACUD will see Wycombe Abbey’s continued international expansion to the Middle East and North Africa. Together, the partners aim to establish a number of exceptionally high-quality international schools with the first one being opened in the Diplomatic District of the New Capital City in 2024.

On 11 October an event was held in the New Capital to celebrate the signing of the agreements, to launch the partnership and announce the plan to open the first school, 'Wycombe Abbey International Cairo East'.

Mr Patrick Sherrington, Chairman of WAI, attended the ceremony and commented: "We are delighted to establish a partnership with the WMC Education Foundation and, through them, ACUD, to be able to set up premium quality international schools under the Wycombe Abbey brand, initially here in Egypt and then across the Middle East and North Africa in the future. We plan to build on the successes we have had in China and Hong Kong, where we have worked hard to transfer our values and educational philosophy from our mother school. We are absolutely committed to the provision of a holistic education internationally with a particular focus on academic excellence. We look forward to a productive partnership with WMC and ACUD and to welcoming the first students to Wycombe Abbey International Cairo East next year."

Dr Khaled Abbas, Chairman of ACUD, said: "Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) plans on bringing the very best to the residents of New Administrative Capital, a smart city spanning 230,000 Feddans. Through our strategic partnership with WMC and Wycombe Abbey, we are committed to delivering the same values, vision, and exceptionally high standards upheld by Wycombe Abbey UK to its sister school, in the Diplomatic District, to raise a new generation of leaders."

Dr Mohamed A. El-Mikawi, Chairman of WMC Education Foundation, said: "At WMC, we consider it our duty to serve the Egyptian community, and to fulfil this commitment, we have forged partnerships with leaders in various domains. Our choice of collaborating with Wycombe Abbey is a testament to our dedication to offering the highest standards of education. Wycombe Abbey's exceptional teaching quality and renowned pastoral support make them an ideal choice for this partnership, as their reputation is a testament to their excellence in these areas."