More than 200 academics have signed an open letter accusing Universities UK and the British government of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt by promoting higher education partnerships between the countries.
UK universities will have a 'competitive advantage' in Egypt thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries at the Education World Forum. The agreement focuses on UK branch campuses being founded in Egypt.
High value is placed on private tutoring for English language in Egypt, according to a recent report, due to the fairly low quality of the state education system, which as a result can provide opportunities for international providers.
Egypt's Arabic language travel market is beginning to recover from an exodus of international students after the Arab Spring and the political turmoil that followed, providers are reporting. A more stable political situation means that enrolments are now on the rise and schools are hopeful more students will be attracted to study in the country.