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Background and History

Even after its disappearance 1600 years ago, the ancient Library of Alexandria continues to survive in the memory of all scholars to this day, not only by being the largest in antiquity, but also as a vibrant center for scientific and intellectual debate.

Aiming to revive its past historical scientific mission, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) launched the Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) in July 2003.

Since then, the BA has been recognized again by scientists all over the world as one of the best global linkage venues to eminent researchers and scientific institutions.

What is CSSP?

The Center for Special Studies and Programs, is an independent scientific non-profit institution affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and chaired by the BA Director. It was established by the Egyptian Presidential Decree no. 361 of 2002.

The CSSP has its own Director and selected Board of Directors.

Why are we different?

At the CSSP, we seek out the generation of creative and innovative research through our Research Grants programs. CSSP recognizes the existence of a pool of untapped potential available in young researchers all over Egypt eager to collaborate with international institutions, however lack the process needed for such collaboration.

All activities handled by the CSSP primarily demonstrate quality, excellence and intellectual rigor implemented in a spirit of professionalism and cost-effective position.

The CSSP is committed to providing an environment that both encourages and inspires scientists and those of interest to achieve their personal and professional goals.