History

At the heart of the great city of Alexandria in Egypt and at the intersection of Canopic Street and Pharos Street stood one of the most well-known public squares in the World. The Agora of Alexandria, which was only a few steps west of the Great Library of Alexandria, witnessed some of humanity’s most astute thinkers, teachers and philosophers, the formation of profound teachings and free speech. Carefully situated between the Roman quarters (west), the Hellenic quarters (east) and the Coptic quarters (north), the Agora of Alexandria has been regarded as the melting -pot of the ancient world.

Today, Agora University is a continuation of this indigenous Alexandrian heritage.

Agora University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at raising the awareness of Eastern Christian teachings through Patristic living, research and education.

Agora University was co-founded by Dn. Emmanuel Gergis and Rev. Fr. Michael Sorial in 2012 as a venue for engaging the Eastern Christian tradition and the Humanities. In 2012, the University was initially incorporated as St. Cyril of Alexandria Orthodox Christian Society. The Society filed for its 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status and was approved on September 28, 2012.

In 2015, the Executive Board invited His Grace Bishop Epiphanius of the Monastery of St. Macarius in Scetis, Egypt to be the President of the Advisory Board.

In 2016, the University established its first College as the Holy Transfiguration College of History, Philosophy and Religion and expanded to offer a Master of Theology degree and a Master of Theological Studies. Additionally, the Executive Board invited Mr. Naguib Sawiris to be the Chairman of the University.

Ecclesial Relations

Since its foundation, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church and His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church granted their blessings for the Vision, Mission and activities of the University.