About Smart University Foundation

What is S-U-F:

Smart University Foundation aims to “Lead, Empower, and Serve Universities Stakeholders for a “Smarter”​ future of Global Higher Education”.

S-U-F is a global membership-based initiative focusing on “Smart University” as an innovative holistic concept for expanding the understanding and implementation of new technologies, sustainability transformations, best academic practices, and current trends in management & leadership for a better future of higher education

Smart University Foundation focuses on six domains. They are:

  1. Smart Campus
  2. Smart Education
  3. Smart Research
  4. Smart People
  5. Smart Governance
  6. and Smart Influence


Universities, Colleges, and Higher Education Institutes


Local, National, Regional, and Int’l Higher Education Organizations


Smart Applications, Consulting, IoT, BlockChains, etc.

Government Agencies

Ministries of Higher Education, Councils, Boards, etc

Scientists and Researchers

In different fields relating to “Smarter Universities”

S-U-F will enhance collaboration and communication between stakeholders and global decision makers

News & Updates


The world of Higher Education is not only 1000 Universities!

by: Dr. Bassem K. Khafagy Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 The world today has more than 28,000 universities. They are collectively educating and empowering a good percentage of the next generation of citizens, employees, and entrepreneurs. The voices of the majority of these 28,000+ universities are not heard loud enough when thought leaders and experts discuss…


Welcome to S-U-F

Welcome “Smart University Foundation” (S-U-F); a global membership-based initiative focusing on “Smart University” as an innovative holistic concept for expanding the understanding and implementation of new technologies, sustainability transformations, best academic practices, and current trends in management & leadership for a better future of higher education. Smart University Foundation focuses on six domains. They are:…


Meeting with Prof. Haldun Göktaş

Dr. Bassem Khafagy attended a meeting with Prof. Haldun Göktaş, the general secretary of Turkey’s İnteruniversity Board (AÜK), (Üniversitelerarası Kurul Başkanlığı), today in Ankara, Turkey. The meeting discussed how Turkish universities can address and deal with internationalization issues, and the ambitions of Turkey to become a global education hub.   Dr. Khafagy also explained how…



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S-U-F Time-line

2012: An Idea is here!

Smart University Forum is Envisioned

Founder: Dr. Bassem K. Khafagy
Focus on the future  of universities globally

Impact of new technologies & innovative management

Cooperation with Universities

Consulting Team was formed
Started to explore collaboration with universities

First agreement was signed

2013: Events

Events & Workshops

A series of Global Seminars and Workshops

1st SMART UNIVERSITY FORUM, in the framework

of the Festival d’Europa celebration, 2013

SUF Identity

A new Identity is announced
Website was launched, S-U-F.org
(Intl advisers’ committee was formed)

SUF13, Cairo

An International Conference
Sponsored by Ministry of Higher Education, Egypt
was postponed due to political unrest
2014: Seminars & Publications

Publications and Seminars

Smart University Forum started a series of seminars

to increase awareness of the concept of “Smart University”

Social network presence and media activities started

SUF Focus Domains

It was envisioned that the concept of “Smart University”

will encompass 6 focus domains, at least.  They were:
(Smart Campus, Smart Education, Smart Research,

Smart People, Smart Governance, and Smart Influence )

2015: SUFglobal

Forming SUFglobal

An LLC was formed which has its headquarters in

San Diego, California, USA to manage the initiative,

ensure its continuity, and expand awareness

The 1st Int'l Office

An office in Istanbul, Turkey was opened to manage MENA Activities.

Joint Collaborations and MoUs was signed with regional partners

2016: University Tour

Local and Regional Tour

A tour of 15 local universities for case studies

Visiting and contacting 25 regional universities

to expand research and verify findings

1st Partner University

The first local partner university was selected

An MoU and a collaboration agreement was signed

A new series of seminars and presentations on “Smart University”

as a holistic approach for the future of universities was delivered regionally

2017: Projects & Initiatives


A new patent-pending success-skills initiative is introduced

PASSIU is presented as part of the “Smart Education” domain

The initiative is presented to universities locally and regionally

INNOVOA .. The Next Wave

International education in developing countries is studied
A new concept and approach is developed (INNOVOA)

Agreements with two universities (EU, and USA) was signed

to help in innovation and reform and implement INNOVOA concepts

2018: A new Vision

Focus & Consolidate

As the ideas, initiatives, and preservatives are maturing,

a new vision to expand the “Smart University” concept was developed

Mixing theories, implementations, and practical steps lead to the idea

of forming “Smart University Foundation”

A Prototype University

Most of the world still lacks a real model of a practical affordable

“Smart University” which can be replicated or studied by

other new universities aiming to become “Smarter”

Turkey, will be the home of “Global Media University”,

the first university to be envisioned from its inception as a “Smart University”

SUF19 is Coming

The Smart University Forum is expected to be the meeting point

for all the stakeholders and thought-leaders in the field

The conference will become yearly, and will start in November 2019

in Ankara, Turkey.

Founders are Welcome

The search for “best minds” to shape the future of universities started

Founders for Smart university Foundation will help the global

grass-root membership-based organization to serve

universities and enrich debates about the future of higher education.

2019: Smart University Foundation

S-U-F Board & Advisers

Research & Focus Domains


This will deal with smart applications impacting lectures/notes, textbooks, libraries, E-Learning tools, exams, etc. Smart Education would provide students with an improved approach to practical experiences, and connections to other universities and colleges in their field.


Smart tools are affecting activities in research labs, graduate programs, international cooperation, research tools, conferences, etc. Smart research would enhance the university’s ability to expand its roots in the understanding and critical awareness of basic knowledge, realistic competencies, and the search for practical applications to advance the industry.


This may include smart infrastructure, smart buildings, smart sensors, smart spatial data and analysis, etc.The campus of a “Smart University” will be “smarter” in energy use, air quality, water use, traffic flows and, health and wellbeing. Sensors connected to wifi and mobile network would – for example- collect temperature, humidity and other data for use by facilities staff of the “smart campus”.


University stakeholders include students, professors, staff and employees, leaders and executives, etc. Focus on learning and teaching skills will lead to more knowledge production in instruction and research, and smarter graduates as well. No real “smart university” can be achieved without empowering staff, employees, and executives.


This includes best tools and practices in personnel management, budgeting, policies, procedures, registration, appointments, reporting, data representation, etc. The growing role of technologies in the functioning of universities is making administrators rethink the role they must have in a knowledge-based society. This role has been recently referred to as‘‘Smart governance’’.


A smart university would influence local community, business relations, government cooperation, international collaboration, patents, online presence, etc. It would focus on expanding its influence not only on local communities but also on the society and national interests as well. A smart university can and should make the world become a better place for all.

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Smart University Foundation (S-U-F) is global membership-based organization

with founders (Universities, Corporations, NGOs, Students, and Experts) representing 100+ countries from more than 200 universities in different parts of the world.

S-U-F will enhance collaboration and communication between universities, NGOs in higher education, education government officials, global and regional technology and management corporations, students leaders, experts & scientists, and consultants in different fields relating to “Smarter Universities”.

Become a Founder

  • Get Invitation from S-U-F
  • Looking for best minds in the field from all countries
  • Be a voice for a prosper future for universities
  • No financial requirements to become a founder
  • Each founder is expected to add value to S-U-F
  • English is the official language of the organization
  • Founders’ Meeting: November 7, 2019

Nominate a Founder

  • Looking for individuals who have “changed the game”
  • Now accepting nominations for worldwide
  • Nominations close date: May 31, 2019
  • Founders announced no later than: June 15, 2019
  • Self-nominations are accepted
  • More than one nomination is permitted
  • Reach us at: founders@s-u-f.org


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San Diego, CA 92121, USA

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