Gader Gad Nassar steps down as president of Cairo University this month. His supporters say he has helped defend the institution from political and religious divisiveness.
Professors have been fired and students disciplined under an anti-harassment policy that male and female students support.
Cairo University and Ain Shams University have stopped requiring applicants and students to list their religion on official forms.
In Egypt and Algeria, students are cheating on high-school exit examinations using websites that leak exam information.