President El-Sisi Visits Suez Canal University in Celebration of Egyptian Universities' Excellence Day
Tuesday، 26 September 2023 - 11:53 AM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived, on Tuesday 26 Sep., 2023, at Suez Canal University to attend a celebration marking the excellence of Egyptian universities.
He was received by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and a number of senior state officials.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with members of the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU), on the sidelines of a celebration marking the excellence of Egyptian universities.
During the meeting, President El-Sisi discussed the education quality and competitiveness in the area of higher education and scientific research.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed the necessity of floating scientific ideas to face the challenges facing the State.
The SCU chairman briefed President Sisi on the accreditation of Egyptian universities by international institutions.
El-Sisi also listened to a detailed explanation from the President of Alexandria University about efforts exerted to link scientific research to industry.
He also listened to an explanation from the President of Cairo University about efforts made to rise the university’s ranking in the international outlook of universities.
President El-Sisi was posted on efforts exerted by Tanta University to support students’ participation in the “Decent Life” Initiative.
President El-Sisi addressed the Supreme Council of Universities, asserting the importance of quality education.
El-Sisi underlined the importance of striking a balance between educational specialisations and labour market needs.
He gave directives to expand the establishment of national non-profit (Ahleyya) universities and twinship between Egyptian and international universities to bridge the educational gap.
He noted that there are hundreds of thousands of job opportunities in digitalisation domain.
He referred to the efforts exerted over the past period to support the higher education infrastructure.
He said the past 10 years were a transitional stage to bridge the gaps of the state’s sectors, especially in the health and educational domains.
He noted that the state finalised about 50 per cent of the medical infrastructure and establishing about 700 hospitals out of total 1,400 hospitals which the state needs.
The president highlighted that the university stage is the best for building characters of youths, cautioning, however, that many specialisations are not needed in the labour market.
El Sisi attended a discussion panel under the theme "Tale of a Nation..vision and achievement”, in the presence of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Higher Education Ayman Ashour attended the panel alongside the heads of students’ unions of Egyptian universities.
El-Sisi had talks with a number of heads and representative of university student unions on the fringe of his visit of Suez Canal University within the framework of celebrating Egyptian Universities Excellence Day.
During the panel, Ministers Ayman Ashour of Higher Education and Reda Hegazi of Education presented a documentary film of the achievements realised in the educational domain.
The documentary film said the political leadership has a future vision for better future for the Egyptian people.
The documentary film said Egypt is keen on building a new generation in smart universities for all Egyptians.
It noted that the number of government universities increased from 19 to 27 universities in eight years, adding that 20 national ones were set up to offer the highest educational level in line with international standards.
Egypt established a fund for promoting innovators as well as about 10 modern technological universities.
It added that efforts are underway to raise the number of technological universities to 27.
For his part, Higher Education Minister Ayman Ashour asserted that the current universities programs depend on inter-programs that are commensurate with the state's future needs, noting that the world focuses on technological, nature and human sciences.
Responding to President El-Sisi's question about investment in the infrastructure of education, Minister of Higher Education Ayman Ashour said EGP 180 billion had been spent on education during the past period.
He pointed out that the 17 new universities will join Egypt's existing 10 technical universities, noting that the State plans to have one such university in each of the country’s 27 governorates.
He said that over the past decade, the state has doubled the number of its public, private and national universities to a total of 96 in 2023, up from 50 in 2014, Ashour continued.
He added that Egypt currently has 28 public universities, 30 private universities, 20 national universities, 10 technical universities and seven branches of foreign universities located in the New Administrative Capital.
He highlighted that the universities currently educate more than 3.3 million students with an enrollment rate of 37 percent, up from 29.6 percent in 2014.
He asserted that by 2032, Egyptian universities plan to educate 5.6 million students with an enrollment rate of 43 percent.
In this respect, President El-Sisi ordered the government to establish 100 schools comprising around 3,000 classes over the coming year at a total cost of EGP 15 billion, supported by a “significant” donation from the Tahya Misr fund.
The president noted that the EGP 160 billion allocated for basic education in the state budget for the fiscal year 2023/2024 is insufficient for national development.
El-Sisi also sheds light on the presidential initiative to select 1,000 school heads for enrolment in a six-month program in the Military Academy to “reformulate, rather than militarize their personalities.”
El-Sisi said: “They are enrolled in a general rather than a technical program [in the academy], waking up at 5am and playing sports for six months,” highlighting the formative influence of school heads on students.
El-Sisi also said: “If I could do that in all state institutions, I would do it,” adding that the state’s administrative apparatus “needs to be more committed and disciplined.”
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi explained that the donation-based Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) Fund will bear half the cost of establishing 17 new technical universities across the country, estimated to cost EGP 500-600 million.
The president added that the government will bear the other half of the cost, El-Sisi said during his visit to Suez Canal University in north-eastern Egypt to celebrate Egyptian University Excellence Day. Meanwhile, the fund will contribute “significantly” to establishing 100 schools over the coming year.
El-Sisi said the Tahya Misr Fund will also contribute $50 million for an initiative to support innovative and creative university students, with the government allocating another $50 million to back the initiative.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed Minister of Sports Ashraf Sobhi to study the issue of increasing rewards given to athletes who placed high Egypt's name in various international events.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted that the efforts exerted by the Sports and Culture ministries should be well marketed among citizens to affirm the State's concern with all athletes.
For his part, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi said that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has launched Egypt’s National Youth Strategy in the year 2018 to develop a balanced Egyptian character.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived at the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Stadium to honor top university graduates at the celebration marking the excellence of Egyptian universities.
In a grand ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of Egypt's young minds, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi graced the graduation event of the 2023 cohort from various Egyptian universities. The celebration, entitled "Egypt's Day of Academic Excellence," took place at the esteemed Suez Canal Authority Stadium.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posed for a photo op with the top graduates at the celebration marking the excellence of Egyptian universities.