Providing Quality Mass Higher Education, the Egyptian Experience

Radwan, M. M., R. S. Sharaf, and D. K. Ibrahim, "Providing Quality Mass Higher Education, the Egyptian Experience", IMHE General Conference: Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education , Paris, France, 17- 19 Sep. 2012.

Date Presented:

17- 19 Sep. 2012


Over the last few decades, like many other countries around the world, Egypt is facing the challenge of the need to expand higher education enrolment, both for meeting the growing demand and also the realization of the importance of higher education in nation economic development. Since year 2000, Egypt worked on improving higher education through developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan adopting the principles of equity, quality and relevance, and responding to the current and future needs of social development, job market and production as one of the main goals. The establishment of the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Education (NAQAAE) in 2006 as an independent authority did set national quality standards to be met by higher education institutions for accreditation. The Program of Continuous Improvement and Qualifying for Accreditation (PCIQA) was initiated in 2007 by the Ministry of Higher Education for financing, through a competitive mechanism, and technically supporting higher education institutions to implement their strategic plans, fulfil accreditation quality criteria and assure continuous improvement. This paper reviews the Egyptian experience in providing mass higher education and assuring its quality, highlighting the innovative approaches adopted both on the national strategic policies and the individual institutions practice levels.