Wed, 18 Aug 2021 - 12:27 GMT
FILE - King Salman International University that was inaugurated in November 2020
CAIRO – 18 August 2021: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar stated in a phone-in Tuesday that 12-15 new universities will enter service in 2022.
The minister noted that 19 private universities have been established, and that one of them began operation in 2021. Further, there is a plan to build a university in the Red Sea and another in South Sinai.
Abdel Ghaffar elaborated that the new establishments include branches of foreign universities from the United Kingdom, the United States, and others, and that those are located in the New Administrative Capital.
Also, the new universities include technology ones, introduced for the first time in Egypt. Those are mainly targeted at students who graduated from technical schools, offering majors in ICT and manufacturing technologies.
The minister pointed out that Egypt eyes boosting the number of international students seeking high degrees in the country. The figure set for 2030 is 200,000 international students from the Arab World, Europe, and Asia.
Abdel Ghaffar further highlighted that there are 200 scholarships offered at those new universities.
It is noted that Egypt has 27 public universities, and 45 private ones, but they are still not enough. According to statements by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in November, the figure should become 125 by 2032 to cope with the high population growth. In that year, the Egyptian population is estimated to hit 125 million.