Egypt said it is following up with "great concern" on the case of Egyptian students who were allegedly defrauded by a Ukrainian university.
In an official statement, the Egyptian Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Minister Nabila Makram said that the students have filed complaints of "extensive fraud from education brokers who brought the students from Egypt to study at Donetsk National Medical University at Kropyvnytskyi."
According to the statement, the university failed to provide efficient staff or equipment, and threatened through its brokers to expel and deport the students if they attempted to transfer to another university.
This is not the first time that the Ukrainian medical university has faced such accusations.
Earlier this year, the university expelled 400 students after demanding the payment of fees that students say had already been paid to brokers. The students then face deportation if they refuse to pay the extra fees, the minister said, adding that the attempts to have the students pay these fees amounts to extortion.
Makram said she has contacted the Egyptian ambassador in Kiev, Hossam Ali, to follow up on the matter, and the ambassador briefed the minister on the embassy's efforts to protect the students' interests.
Ali said the issue is part of a larger problem faced by Egyptian students in Ukraine, where brokers deceive students to study at universities lacking in educational standards.
The student would then be blackmailed by the broker, who threatens the victims with withholding documents required for students to receive legal residence.
“The brokers are involved in illegitimate practices which include usiong education abroad as a cover for illegal migration, dodging the military draft… among others,” she said.