President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday unveiled the state’s plans to increase the number of universities to 125 up from 72 by the year 2023, in order to accommodate the population growth.
The plans aim to dedicate a university for each one million citizens, the president said, adding that the new universities are being built in line with international criteria and standards to meet the goal of upgrading the higher education system.
“Egypt’s population has reached 100 million while we only have 72 universities, meaning that we need up to 28 universities in order to bridge the gap between the population and number of universities,” the president said while commenting on a speech delivered by Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar during the inauguration of King Salman University here.
“By the year 2023, the population will hit 125 million, with an increase of 25 million citizens, which requires a plan to bring the number of universities up to 125.”
The president added: “The cost of establishing a university is estimated at some EGP 8-10 billion, meaning that we need nearly EGP 400 billion while planning for establishing 30-40 universities, in order to fill the gap between the population and number of universities.”
Throughout the past seven or six years, the state has exerted considerable effort to build new universities in line with the highest standards that focus on modern sciences, with a view to providing high-quality education for Egyptian students who previously had no option but to travel and study overseas, president Sisi said.
He pointed out to a plan targeting bringing home some of the 30,000 Egyptian students who are studying abroad, especially after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The state seeks to build universities in line with the international standards and criteria in order to provide an outstanding education and link it to the labor market’s needs, with the aim enabling graduates to find good job opportunities, the president added.
Source: State Information Service Egypt