Egypt ranks third in Arab world for quality of education: official

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Egypt ranked third in the Arab world in terms of the quality of education, Minister of Higher Education, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, said on Monday.

He added that Egypt also climbed nine places on the “US News” global ranking for the world’s best universities for the quality of education.

The minister said that Egypt’s high regional ranking is based on the increasing number of Egyptian universities, with at least one university in almost every governorate. Another contributing factor to Egypt’s improvement in providing education has been the country’s support for scientific research.

On the global classification, which ranks the top 80 countries for education in the world, Egypt has jumped from the 51st  in 2019 to the 42nd  in 2020.

Abdel Ghaffar stated that according to the US ranking, Cairo University ranked 434th on the league table of universities worldwide, while Mansoura University ranked 663rd, and Ain Shams University ranked 667th.

The international league table of universities ranks universities from over 60 countries worldwide, based on 13 indicators. These indicators measure each university’s academic research performance, and their global and regional reputations.

The 13 criteria used for choosing the best universities explore whether the country has an advanced public education system that provides quality education, and if people would consider enrolling at the universities. The ranking presents the world’s top 1,500 universities every year.

In a similar context, Abdel Ghaffar, announced that about 70 Egyptian educational institutions have entered this year’s “Ranking Web of Universities”, which determines the best international universities. On this table, Cairo University has ranked 655th, whilst Alexandria University came in the 974th place.

The Ranking Web (or Webometrics Ranking) is published twice a year, and covers over 30,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide. The ranking aims at motivating both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflect accurately their activities.

If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web, open access and transparency policy. This would promote substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications.

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