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Higher Education Reform in Egypt

Needless to say that education -- all its stages -- constitutes a main pillar of any society. However, university education has a special importance since it is the highest educational stage, where it qualifies experts in all fields of knowledge to meet the needs of the country. Nevertheless, due to the large numbers enrolled in this stage, insufficiency of capacities and the lack of a clear vision, the sector itself is now a problem. Thus, it is really important that it undergoes a reform process. PID has previously showed an interest in this issue in a broader context, including a study of the economic and social returns of education in general as well as a comparison between the returns of public education versus private education.

In October 2010, PID formed task groups in cooperation with Ford Foundation in the framework of the "Higher Education Reform in Egypt" project. These groups were assigned to address three certain aspects, namely: justice and access to higher education, employment and higher education in Egypt, and financing of higher education in Egypt. The main objective of this project is to spotlight current research activities carried out in the field of higher education reform as well as previous research projects. It also aims at shedding light upon the findings revealed by some relative researchers and academic institutions, including PID, especially that such findings are related to critical issues pertaining to drafting and applying public policies for reforming education in Egypt. Since this date, participants in task groups have been working on developing research papers achieving the desired goal.

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