The Egyptian ministers announce the start of studies in 12 new private universities

The new universities will include the various required scientific disciplines (Khaled Desouki/AFP)

The Egyptian cabinet on Thursday approved the start of studies in 12 new private universities at the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.

The private universities are Zagazig National on the tenth of Ramadan in Sharkia Governorate, South Al-Wadi Al-Ahlia in Qena Governorate, Al-Ismailia Al-Ahlyia in the Ismailia Governorate, Beni Suef National in the new city of Beni Suef , Al- Menoufia National in Al-Menoufia Governorate, Assiut National in the new Assiut city, the National Alexandria in the Alexandria Governorate, and Al-Minya Al-Ahlia in the New Minya City, East Port Said National in Salam City in Port Said Governorate, Helwan National in Cairo Governorate, Mansoura National in Dakahlia Governorate, and Banha National in Qalyubia Governorate.

The Council of Ministers said in a statement that the new private universities will include the various required scientific disciplines, within the framework of the state’s plan to expand the establishment of non-profit private universities, in a way that contributes to meet the needs. of students from educational programs, and the reduction of alienation, through educational programs that meet the needs of the current and future labor market, locally, regionally and internationally.

The Council also approved the establishment of a number of colleges in various universities of technology at the level of the Republic, namely Borg El Arab Technological in Alexandria Governorate, 6 October Technology in Giza Governorate, Samanoud Technology in Gharbia Governorate, New Assiut Technology in Assiut Governorate, East Port Said Technology in Port Said Governorate, and Taiba Technology in Luxor Governorate In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market through the development of the technological education system.

The colleges that will be added to these universities include: industrial and energy technology, health sciences technology, and hotel and tourism services technology, according to the educational needs of each university, and in accordance with the requirements of the labor market.

The Council of Ministers approved a draft decree to amend some provisions of Presidential Decree No. 245 of 1996 to amend, regarding the establishment of a private university called “Mj. University of Science and Technology” in the new city of Thebes in the Luxor Governorate.

The project determined the establishment of another university headquarters in Luxor, consisting of the faculties of: medicine, oral and dental surgery, physiotherapy, nursing, health science technology, pharmacy, special education, engineering, information technology, management and economics, languages ​​and translation , media and communication arts, archaeological site management and science Museums, biotechnology.

Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar claimed that private universities do not aim to make a profit, but that student expenses are used to modernize laboratories, develop the education system and carry out necessary maintenance work, explaining that the expansion of the establishment of these universities implemented the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to include students with a high school diploma from those not enrolled in public and private universities.

The study programs in the new private universities include medicine, pharmacy, electronic entrepreneurship, digital marketing and electronic operations, surveying and geoinformatics, computer science and artificial intelligence programs, aerospace engineering, architecture, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering and computer engineering. and construction engineering and management, electrical engineering and petroleum engineering.

It also includes economics, political science, management information systems, business administration, human resource management, as well as foreign language programs, as each of these universities specializes in teaching a specific number of accredited academic programs.

Egypt reduced the admission rates in private universities three times during the 2021-2022 school year, bringing the minimum enrollment rate to 80% in human medicine faculties, compared to 90.73% in public universities, to 77% in dental faculties, compared to 90.24% in public universities, and up to 76% in faculties of physiotherapy and pharmacy, compared to 88.54% in faculties of physical therapy, and 88.53% in faculties of pharmacy in public universities.

Admission rates in private universities have fallen to more than 10% for practical faculties, and 25% for theoretical faculties, compared to public universities, in order to provide places for students who want to enroll in faculties such as medicine, pharmacy and engineering, despite their low degrees, in return for paying huge annual fees of up to 105 thousand pounds for science faculties, in addition to accommodation costs for expatriates of 6,000 pounds per month, at a time when the government claims that these universities are non-profit. .

The Egyptian government has started implementing a plan to gradually transform government university services into paid services, at a rate of no less than 75%, and gradually transform some regional universities into private universities, where the private sector joins the state in participate in its management. , and preference is given to investors who are specialized in the field of education and culture. Those who own schools, universities, academies and private institutes which are mainly profitable.

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