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New online “treasure house” of information on Egypt

Cambridge University Press has signed an historic agreement with the Egyptian Government to provide online access to a “treasure house” of information about Egypt and the Middle East gathered by Cambridge authors over the past three decades.

Ten distinguished collections from Cambridge University Press – published under the Cambridge Archive Editions imprint – are included in the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, one of the Middle East’s most ambitious digital educational projects. The ten meticulously researched volumes bring together more than 52,000 pages of primary source materials from British government and other diplomatic sources concerning the history, politics and geography of Egypt and the Middle East region.

These collections – including Arab Dissident Movements 1905–1955, Israel: Boundary Disputes with Arab Neighbours 1946–1964, Palestine Boundaries 1833–1947, Records of Syria 1918–1973 and Turkey and her Arab Neighbours 1953–1958 – contain a wealth of information covering different periods of history across Egypt and the Middle East.

The Cambridge University Press collections are now available through the Egyptian Knowledge Bank free of charge to all Egyptians alongside thousands of educational and scientific articles, journals and multimedia materials – as well as extensive archive material from more than 20 of the world’s leading educational publishers.

Launched in January 2016, the Egyptian Knowledge Bank will supply online educational materials to all major universities and research institutes in Egypt and is designed to improve Egypt’s English language skills and enhance Egypt’s position as a centre of excellence for teaching and learning in the Middle East.

Extensive archives

The Egyptian Knowledge Bank has brought together more than 20 major international publishers, including Cambridge University Press, to supply online educational material to all major universities and research institutions in Egypt. One of the most ambitious educational projects in the Middle East, the Knowledge Bank was launched in January this year and contains thousands of the latest educational and scientific articles, journals and multimedia materials, as well as extensive archive material.

The partnership between Cambridge University Press and the Egyptian Government was agreed in November 2015 in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace of Egypt and attended by the Egyptian President.

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