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.
The Egyptian government is aiming to quadruple the number of Arab and African students in its higher education institutions from 53,000 to 200,000 over the next three years, as part of a new international recruitment strategy. Significant development grant funding is expected to help contribute to reform of the HE system.
Education agents are more likely to be used by international students in key source countries considering postgraduate (PG) study rather than undergraduate (UG). This is one observation of the latest Student Insight findings, produced by the British Council's Education Intelligence unit, which cover India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt and Turkey.