The Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences CILAS invites students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with the liberal arts through a pedagogy of discovery.
CILAS hosts a dynamic, discussion-based learning environment conducive to creative inquiry, self-reflection, and civic engagement. Co-creation of knowledge at CILAS is fostered through classroom discussion and debate, workshops, musical performances, guest lectures, field visits, cooking, laughing, and listening. Students enroll in a yearlong study programme in the liberal arts. CILAS invites students from all walks of life who have completed high school (a Bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required) to engage with the liberal arts in an effort to develop a wise appreciation of the complexity of the world. CILAS recognises that in today’s world, one needs to be able to interpret changing global conditions; mobilise resources effectively; and guide teams of diverse people. Students are challenged and supported to cultivate these skills.