Some 700 students enrolled in three newly opened technology universities in Egypt this year as part of government efforts to develop the country’s vocational education and cope with the needs of the local and regional labor market.
The new universities are located in New Cairo City; in Quesna, 40 miles north of Cairo; and in Beni Suef, about 60 miles south of Cairo, all of which include modern industrial zones. The three universities offer specializations in information technology, mechatronics and autotronics (modern automotive technology), power plant operation and maintenance technology. Other universities are planned later with specializations in areas like construction, maintenance, building materials, health and applied sciences, and fisheries and aquaculture.
The new universities offer degrees ranging from post-intermediate higher diplomas to Bachelor of Technology, Vocational Master’s and Vocational Doctorate in Technology degrees. Under the current vocational-education system, the secondary level is the end of the academic path, and students are expected to join the labor market after graduating.
“We are here to correct the course of education in Egypt,” said Sayed Abdel Kader, a professor of chemistry and president of the new University of Technology in Beni Suef. “This will provide an opportunity for vocational secondary education students to complete their education and get a higher academic degree and better practical training to meet the aspirations of many and the needs of the labor market as well.”