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Egypt wants 100,000 of its students to study in Japan: President Sisi

Ahead of his visit to Tokyo Sunday, Egypt's president talked cooperation and regional crises - warning a collapse in Libya could allow terrorist groups to use the country as a 'springboard'

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Feb 2016
 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
File Photo: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi October 27, 2014 (Reuters)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi aims to send 100,000 Egyptian students to study in Japan, he told Japanese news outlet The Asahi Shimbun.

The interview was conducted last week in Cairo but published on Saturday. 

El-Sisi said that he hopes Egypt could benefit from cooperation with Japan in education, saying that Tokyo's educational system "stresses discipline."

During his trip to Japan, where he is expected to arrive later on Sunday following a two-day visit to Kazakhstan, El-Sisi is set to meet with senior officials including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito.

Egypt's president will also meet the head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo's governor, and will give a speech in front of the Japanese parliament on Monday.

"Gravest danger for all humanity"

During his interview with The Asahi Shimbun, El-Sisi said the US-led international coalition against IS group in Syria and Iraq "has been ongoing for more than one year, but [IS group] activities has not declined."

He described the spread of terrorist groups such as the IS group as the "gravest danger for all humanity."

Egypt supports the US-led coalition against the IS group but has not taken part in its military operations.

Some of Egypt's regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan are part of the US-led coalition.

On the Libya crisis, the president said "If Libya collapses it could act as a springboard for terrorism to expand to neighbouring countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and even outside to Europe."

"Our strategy is to protect our own soil - we will continue our fight against terrorism and will not interfere in the internal affairs of any other states," El-Sisi added, ruling out any Egyptian military intervention in Libya.

More than years after the fall of Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is deeply fractured, with a self-declared government in Tripoli and an internationally recognised government in the east – each backed by coalitions of former rebels and militias.

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Bassem Sarhan Ali
29-02-2016 12:57pm
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Ready
I am ready to travail and all Egyptian student
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Sam Enslow
28-02-2016 07:27pm
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Change Egypt's schools.
Egyptians are NOT stupid. Its education system is as is the attitude toward education. People send their kids to private schools not for the education but rather for the 'social prestige.' No need to send thousands of students awsy. Bring teachers and administrators here to reform the Egyptian system and to train Egyptian teachers. India went from having a poor system to having universities that have lines of foreign companies lining up to hire their graduates. Teach Egyptians to understand their subjects - not memorize the text books. Also teach them to apply the knowledge they acquire. Egyptians can learn. Look at all the kids in Upper Egypt who know five languages, learned from tourists. But the education must lead to jobs and a better life. In Japan you will not find teachers climbing over fences to play hookie. Of course new teachers will be met with, 'This is the Egyptian way.' and of being 'against Egyptian values.'
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Ali
28-02-2016 05:52pm
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English, Japanese, French; all the same
Interesting when Japanese and Chinese families send their kids to study in the US and Europe; Sisi wants to send Egyptian kids to study in Japan! has it occurred to him that these kids have 1st to lean Japanese to be able to function in a country that hardly speaks any English, which is difficult, non-international, and rather useless for Egyptians to learn! It seems that for the monolingual General; English, French, and Japaneses are all the same!
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NewEgypt123
28-02-2016 02:46pm
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Foreign Exchange Program
Egypt should send 100,000 of its students to Japan in exchange for 100,000 Japanese students. We should also undertake a similar program with China, Russia, Germany, France, England, the U.S., Arab states, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, etc. This program will allow Egyptians to gain insight into these cultures and bring the information home to Egypt. It will allow for building of bonds between the peoples of these countries. Most importantly, by exchanging students Egypt will build diversity into its education system and a foundation for the exchange of academic ideas; thereby, improving education.
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Ali
29-02-2016 03:07pm
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Ask Mr. Regeni!
The only foreign student who tried part of his PhD in Egypt ended up tortured and killed by your police state!
Ahsraf Atet Mansour
29-02-2016 09:32am
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Has it occured to you?
Has it occured to you that close to no Japanese student might be eager to study in Egypt? There is no reason for any Japanese (Egyptologist excepted, who are here already :-) ) to enter the Egyptian "education" system. Sorry, your idea is flawed beyond repair.
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