September 2012

Japan-based general trading company ITOCHU Corporation and kurkku – a firm that promotes environmentally conscious lifestyle through sales of sustainably sourced food and apparel – have pledged to improve the income of Indian farmers, their health, and the environment, by scaling up production of organically produced cotton, which is free of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and has an approximately 30 percent higher market price.

If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently.

An amazing cooperative

Our story starts back in January of 1988—a time when family farms were on the brink of extinction. We were a handful of farmers in Southwestern Wisconsin’s coulee region and we shared a love of the land. We also shared the belief that a new, sustainable approach to agriculture could help family farms and rural communities survive.

Vision: Heliopolis University strives for the sustainable development of individuals, communities and nature in Egypt and the world.

We want to make it possible for students to grasp and cherish the interconnectedness and complexity of the interactions among people and nature to encourage them to discover their role in shaping this system as responsible and creative citizens of the world. This is what is meant by sustainable development, which is the overarching principle guiding all our activities.

As a university, we make sure that the optimal environment for this to occur is provided to all students. Education at Heliopolis University goes way beyond the classroom. We take academics outside into real life. Students will not only learn about past achievements in their field of study and in other disciplines, but are also encouraged to translate their learnings into forward-looking action. With fellow classmates and professors, students have many opportunities to work on real-life projects, in companies, NGOs, start-ups and other original initiatives. Of course, those activities are not limited to their respective degree programmes. In fact, we expect and actively support students to think beyond their own disciplines and cultures.  This is what makes Heliopolis University so unique!