The City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications (SRTA-City) is the newest addition of research institutes in Egypt that was directed to the development and renovation of industry. A decision to develop a science park in the Alexandria region was reached in 1993 in order to acquire and improve scientific technologies in different areas of human life. The SRTA-City occupies 250 acres in the industrial area located at New Borg El Arab City, west of Alexandria. This region also inhabits about 40% of the Egyptian industry.
The science park comprises 12 research centers to be developed at different intervals. The first stage of SRTA-City was inaugurated on the 13th of August, 2000 and included Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute (GEBRI), Informatics Research Institute (IRI), Advanced Technology and New Materials Research Institute (ATNMRI) and Arid Lands Cultivation Research Institute (ALCRI). In addition, a Scientific & Technological Capabilities Development Center (STCDC) is fully functioning in the Dekhlia Branch and Investment zone.
The objectives of SRTA-City are specifically designed to serve the economic development in Egypt through:
Developing centers of Scientific Excellence to serve both economic and social developments of the Egyptian Society.
Developing new technologies and provide new scientific methods in different fields of industry to link research programs to national development plans.
Providing training, consultancy and technology transfer to different production and services agencies in Egypt.
Conducting applied projects to ensure better performance in different areas that can benefit Alexandria region and the national economy.
Cooperating with different national and international institutes in the various areas of technology.
It is evident from the above-mentioned objectives that SRTA-City is engrossed to both scientific research in addition to the application of new technologies. This is the foremost spirit that distinguishes SRTA-City from other research institutes in Egypt. Moreover, the technology centers in SRTA-City are unique in their aim to spread modern technology applications and to provide training to develop small industries as well as to develop new jobs which is the leading concern of the Egyptian government.