First established as a branch of Assuit University in 1976, Aswan became an independent institution in 2012. Though it first specialized in education, its programs have expanded to include arts, education, science, social work, engineering, energy engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, nursing, languages and translation, medicine, fisheries technology, commerce, specific education, and archaeology. As of 2022, it hosts 30,785 undergraduate students, 4,778 graduate students, 18 faculties, and 1,418 academic staff.
Aswan University is situated just north of the Aswan High Dam, the world’s largest embankment dam, built across the Nile between 1960 and 1970.
According to Webometrics and Times Higher Education in 2022, Aswan University is ranked 22nd among universities in Egypt, 49th among Arab universities, and in the top 2600 in the world.