About Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1

Located in Eastern Algeria’s commercial capital, often also described as the cradle of Algerian independence, Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1 was founded in 1978 as the Sétif University Centre. It takes its name from a political leader in the civil war which led to separation from France in 1962.

Starting with 242 students in schools of economics, exact science and technology and foreign languages, it grew to attain full university status in 1989. The university was divided into two institutions in 2011, with Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 2 dedicated to law and political science, humanities, literature and languages.

Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1, whose rector Abdelmajid Djenane, has described them as aspiring to "become an active territorial actor, a socially responsible university", operates eight faculties – offering a total of 141 degree courses, 39 research institutes and an experimental farm – from three campuses.

The main campus including the faculties of medicine, science, natural and life sciences, economics, commerce and management and architecture and Earth sciences, remains at El-Bez, its connection to the rest of the city enhanced since March 2018 by the opening of the Sétif tramway system. The Faculty of Technology is based at El Maabouda and the Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at Said Boukhrissa.

In an institution aspiring to be a "development driver" for the region, research projects include an intensive study by the Laboratory of the Urban Project, City and Territory of the threats to local ecological balance and the digital scanning of Sétif's numerous historical monuments. Further afield, the university ranked second among Algerian universities in the 2018 Nature Index.

Mission & Vision 

The Vice-rectorate aims at scientific governance of graduate studies, higher education development and research activities valorization. Its mission consists of:

  • Monitoring issues related to running specialized graduate studies and to university habilitation as well as ensuring the implementation of regulations in force in such matter;
  • Monitoring the activities of research units and laboratories and developing their assessment reports in coordination with the faculties and institutes;
  • Carrying out any action for research results valorization;
  • Ensuring the follow-up of the university scientific council functioning and maintaining its records;
  • Collecting and disseminating information on research activities carried out by the university;

The Vice-rectorate for Higher Undergraduate Education, Continuing Education and Degrees shall be responsible for:

  • Monitoring issues related to running teachings and internships organized by the university;
  • Ensuring consistency between program offerings provided by faculties and institutes and the university development plan;
  • Ensuring full compliance with regulations in force pertaining to registration, re-registration, knowledge testing and student progress;
  • Monitoring training courses through distance learning provided by the university and promoting continuing education activities;
  • Ensuring full compliance with regulations and procedures in force concerning the award of degrees and equivalencies;
    Ensuring the students' nominal roll keeping and updating;

Faculties & Institutes

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics, Commerce and Management Sciences
  • Institute of Architecture and Earth Sciences
  • Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics

Sétif, Algeria


Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1

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