Egypt reports a 117% surge in foreign enrolments in Egyptian universities for the 2023/2024 academic year: Minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Dec 2023

Minister of Higher Education Ayman Ashour announced on Tuesday that foreign students studying in Egyptian universities for the 2023/2024 academic year numbered 26,000, a 117 percent increase over 12,000 in 2019/2020.

students walk through the American University in Cairo. AP
Students walk through the American University in Cairo. AP


This came in a meeting between Ashour and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Cairo on Tuesday where they discussed enrolments for the academic year 2023/2024.

The Higher Education Minister highlighted the diverse origins of students, emphasizing increased enrolments from countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, India, and Nigeria in recent years.

He identified targeted nationalities, including China, Malaysia, Iraq, Qatar, and Bahrain for future efforts to attract more students to study at Egyptian universities.

Ashour highlighted efforts to make Egyptian higher education more attractive, streamlining the coordination period for incoming students to five working days, introducing electronic admission through the "Study in Egypt" platform, and facilitating application procedures by directing students to submit their documents directly to universities.

The “Study in Egypt” website was launched in 2021 along with an iOS app and an Android app.

He also mentioned the allocation of quotas for each nationality within each university through electronic nomination.

The meeting also addressed the acceptance status of students from Russia, Ukraine, and Sudan.

The officials also discussed the newly launched Egypt Scholarship and Educational Tourism Initiative, which provides scholarships to the very best foreign applicants.

Acceptance rates in Egypt's universities

Ashour revealed that a total of 979,485 students were accepted this year across all higher education institutions. Humanities accounted for 72 percent of acceptances, medical studies 14 percent, engineering 9 percent, and sciences 5 percent.

He also noted the necessity for programs in technological universities closely aligned with the needs of the job market, allowing young Egyptians to easily transition into the labour force after graduation.

Ashour finally spoke about the creation of the second batch of technological universities, focusing on building partnerships for local and international investments.

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