Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said on Wednesday 16/9/2020 that the Egypt-Japan University for Technology and Science is aimed at enhancing the quality of education in Egypt.
The university was opened earlier in the day by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Madbouli, in his speech at the inauguration ceremony, added that education is a national security issue for Egypt and comes on top of the government's priorities.
He added that this stance was reflected in the goals of the Egypt's 2030 vision.
Egypt is working to upgrade the educational system to cope up with the international standards of education, he pointed out.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said the government is facing several challenges in the educational sector, topped by overcrowded classes and dwindling quality education indicators.
He added that in 2014 around 47 percent of classes in public schools were overcrowded and about 18 million Egyptians illiterate.
He noted that unplanned buildings affected the construction of schools and led to having overcrowded schools.
He expounded that the state is facing a challenge of securing lands to build schools to serve areas which suffer from unplanned education.
He added that about 400,000 agro-feddans were lost in this unofficial construction, noting that about 62,000 feddans of these lands were restored to establish public utility projects.
Premier Madbouli said Egypt needs to establish about 38 new universities to absorb this growing population.
He said the state needs about EGP 114 billion to be invested to solve the educational sector problems in the face of overpopulation.
He noted that the state invested over the past six years about EGP 100 billion in the educational sector - the sum is halved between pre-university education and higher education.
Madbouli said the state has established 68,000 classes to serve 2.7 million students.
About 13 new schools were set up for excellent students in the field of science and IT in addition to 45 Japanese schools - 41 started operation and the rest will go into service the coming school year.
He added that training sessions were organized for teachers in various domains.
As for digital transformation, he referred to the Knowledge Bank, e-libraries and educational channels.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said the coronavirus crisis has underlined the importance of digital education.
He noted that the state has implemented more than 45 projects to develop the higher education sector, especially through establishing governmental universities, IT universities and new universities backed by accredited education programs.
He noted that the government has opened 27 universities in 27 governorates, with the latest one inaugurated in Hurghada.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said Egypt has for the first time been engaged in the field of technological universities in collaboration with several countries.
Three technological universities have gone into service.
He added that the state seeks to get national non-for-profit “Ahleyya” universities to work side by side with governmental universities for the best education level, referring to coordination with international universities.
He added that Egypt-Japan University represents an epitome for this.
He noted that 27 governmental universities have been upgraded at EGP 7.2 billion.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has given directives to implement a mega project on developing IT infrastructure of the government universities.
This will pave the ground for digitizing university tests in addition to linking the universities with a unified network, he said, noting that this would cost about EGP 4.7 billion.
The project is scheduled to be accomplished by 2022.