National university ranking system in Egypt

The higher education authority wants to launch a National university ranking system in Egypt so as to enhance quality and make institutions more globally competitive. The step will place Egypt at the forefront of African countries producing rankings, along with Nigeria and Kenya.

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South Valley University in Egypt

The ranking system was announced by Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education Al Sayed Ahmed Abdel-Khalek on June 9th 2015, following the footsteps of Nigeria’s National University Commission (2013). In the Arab world, Egypt’s will likely be the second ranking after the United Arab Emirates, which is considering setting up its own.

According ot University World News, Egyptian universities will compete across a range of key performance indicators, including education (350), scientific research (250), knowledge transfer to society (150), financial and human resources (150) and international cooperation (100) (Wagdy Sawahel, Issue No:371)..

Egypt has one of the largest populations of university students in the Arab region with 23 public universities (two million students) and 19 private universities (60,000 students). It also has one of the oldest universities in the world is in Egypt – Al-Azhar University – but none of the country’s 42 universities were included in the most recent lists of the top 100 world-class universities. Therefore, a national ranking system could help in motivating institutions to collect information and design strategies around this data.

An excerpt of the following, is reproduced here.

National university ranking system planned

By Wagdy Sawahel on 12 June 2015 Issue No. 371

In an effort to boost quality and make institutions more globally competitive, Egypt is planning to launch a national university ranking system. The step will place Egypt at the forefront of African countries producing rankings, along with Nigeria and Kenya.

The university ranking system was announced by Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education Al Sayed Ahmed Abdel-Khalek on 9 June.

Nigeria’s National University Commission launched a ranking in 2013 and Kenya is getting close to rolling out a national university ranking system.

At the Arab level, Egypt’s will likely be the second ranking after the United Arab Emirates, which is considering setting up its own.

 

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