Alexandria is the second largest city and the second largest metropolitan area in Egypt after Greater Cairo by size and population, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Alexandria has a number of higher education institutions. Alexandria University is a public university that follows the Egyptian system of higher education. Many of its faculties are internationally renowned, most notably it’s Faculty of Medicine & Faculty of Engineering.
Since it’s founding by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, and for a period of over 600 years, Alexandria was the cultural capital of the world, where it witnessed many achievements and contributions in all fields of knowledge that have greatly added to man’s thought and the progress of civilization.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina was the location of choice due to its history as one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. With collections of works, lecture halls, meeting rooms, and gardens, the library was part of a larger research institution called the Musaeum of Alexandria, where many of the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied. Bibliotheca Alexandrina was built as a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented. Also Bibliotheca Alexandrina supports the largest and highest quality halls and exhibition area, making it the perfect venue for holding the Egyptian Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology.