Arab students forced out of Ukraine by the Russian invasion face uncertainty about continuing their studies in their own countries. This report monitors developments in four Arab states.
Egypt to Test Returnees
The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced that students must sit exams to assess their academic level before being admitted to private and national universities.
A statement from the ministry said the tests will be used “to determine the academic level in which students are enrolled in the disciplines of human medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and engineering.”
Exams in dentistry and engineering will be held at Ain Shams University on March 28. Students of human medicine and pharmacy will be examined at Cairo University on March 29 or 30.
The government set March 24 as a deadline to apply for a transfer to Egyptian universities, exactly one month after the Russian invasion. It created a special link for students studying in Ukrainian universities to register with the ministry.
Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, minister of higher education and scientific research, said earlier that the exams were necessary because some students “were in the literary section of the high school and they joined medical colleges in Ukraine.”