- Teacher: dina hany
Victory College was founded in Alexandria in 1902 to afford Egyptians, English, Arabians, Syrians, etc.... in the Middle east area, without distinction of race or religion, the opportunity of giving their sons a liberal education in accordance with the principles of English Public Schools. With the progress of the War, the air-raids on Alexandria increased and became more ferocious. This made it mandatory for the College to move to Cairo were it was temporarily accommodated in the Italian "Allitoria” in Shoubra. This arrangement remained until the end of World War II. In 1945, when peace was declared, the College returned to its former premises in Alexandria, but part of the students chose to remain in Cairo. Thus, two premises for the same college came into existence run by one administration. As time went on, it was decided to have a separate administration for each college. The Cairo Victoria College developed so rapidly that new premises had to be setup. So, the quiet district of Maadi was chosen as the site for the new buildings. The new buildings were next to none in magnificent design and modernity. In fact when the buildings were finally completed the college was considered by experts of education to be one of the three best model schools in the world. Due to the political status quo, on October 29th 1956, Egyptian official were forced to take over the responsibility of running the College. Mr.A.Khaki, the Dean of the English Inspectorate, was delegated by the Ministry of Education to take charge of running the college. Eventually, the college was taken over by the National Institutes of Education and has been recently handed over to the "Cooperative Education Corporation for National Institutes”. Despite all the events and colorful history the college has been through, it has retained its characteristic stamp and traditions as well as its well established prestige of a first class educational institution. It still keeps its initials V.C.C. which originally meant Victoria College in Cairo, but which now mean Victory College in Cairo. Some of the most well known public figures and celebrities were ex-pupils of Victory College. Some of these socialites and V.I.P.'s are: the late king Hussein of Jordan, the International,actor Omar El Sharif, and the popular Egyptian actor Ahmed Ramzi. These are only a few of the many note-worthy people who have graduated from this educational establishment and many more will follow in the future.