May 4, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In April, Egypt’s Ministry of Higher Education announced a plan to increase Egypt’s international student enrollment at national universities.  Why?  To boost the national economy with foreign currency.

How will the plan work?  The Egyptian government will establish international student offices at all institutions of higher education.  These offices will help to recruit and guide international students in preparing for enrollment.

These new offices—and Egyptian cultural offices abroad—will participate in international education fairs, conferences, and appropriate tourism conferences to advocate for these new programs.

Egypt’s goal?  To promote itself as an option for international students in higher education—and to boost its economy.

What will Egyptian universities need to do?  Simplify distance enrollment procedures, among other things.  To streamline this process, the Higher Education Ministry just released a website for international students interested in studying at Egyptian universities.  Published in Arabic and English, the website assists students in registering for programs. 

Another critical component for Egyptian universities?  Egyptian universities need to up the ante on their competitive edge in attracting international students by upgrading educational standards so they’re more in line with international ones. 

Although the plan is ultimately a good thing for Egypt’s economy, some Egyptian students are concerned that their universities won’t be able to accommodate high numbers of international students—and that they will reduce the number of seats for Egyptian students.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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