Education Opportunities in Egypt

An Expert's View about IT and Telecommunications in Egypt

Posted on: 20 Sep 2010

The Egyptian government is investing heavily in education and there are many opportunities for UK companies to form partnerships across the sectors.

Sector briefing Education Opportunities in Egypt The number of schools increased from 11,000 Why Egypt? in 1990 to 44,000 at present. Schools are being upgraded at the rate of 10% each year Education and training is a sector of paramount with modern educational facilities including importance to the continued development of computers, multimedia laboratories, internet Egypt?s economy and society. Egypt is the and satellite educational channels. region?s most populous country by far, and yet industry cannot source the skills it needs. To date, 600,000 teachers have been trained Bridging the skills gap means changing via distance-learning programs using video attitudes towards workplace and vocational conferencing. education. The Government of Egypt (GOE) has increased The Egyptian education system is widely the importance of education reform and acknowledged to require root and branch equipment upgrading. reform at all levels ? primary and secondary school, tertiary, and life-long learning and workplace training. The skills gap is real, and failure to deal with it could jeopardise Egypt?s continued economic growth. The government is therefore focused on upgrading the quality of education at all levels. Egypt boasts a population of more than 80 million which is expected to double by 2025. There are approximately 21 million school students in Egypt, of which 18 million are enrolled in government schools and 3 million in private schools. The number of university students in 2009 was 2.5 million, up from 1.3 million in 2001. There are about 476 government and private universities, faculties, and institutes in Egypt. with the necessary skills. The educational Financing for these initiatives is made available focus over recent decades has been on mass through local sources, bilateral donors acquisition of knowledge: learning how to pass including the U.S. Agency for International exams, rather than learning how to think. The Development (USAID), DANIDA (Denmark), introduction of quality assurance measures CIDA (Canada), Jaica (Japan), and multilateral such as assessment and benchmarking is now donors including the UNDP, African underway. Development Bank, and African Development Fund, the Kuwaiti Development Fund, IBRD, There is increasing recognition that curriculum and World Bank, which finance projects with reform must include the skills, competences training components. and behaviours that employers need, and more modern student-centred teaching methods are The Education sector in Egypt matters in its being pioneered in government schools. The own right as a potentially valuable market for government knows that it must also raise the UK education service and equipment suppliers. professional status of the teaching profession, including salaries, and has taken some modest The British education system is highly steps in this direction. respected in Egypt. There are various ?international schools? which use IGCSEs, and As is the case elsewhere in the MENA region, many influential Egyptians have benefited from youth unemployment and graduate a UK university education. unemployment is particularly high in Egypt. A higher percentage of graduates in public sector From a focus which was previously primarily on have meant lower growth. provision of educational equipment and resources ? classroom equipment, books, The technical and vocational stream of the educational ICT etc - there has been a move Egyptian education system has been neglected. towards services, and more engagement Although there is no longer any guarantee of a particularly in the vocational, technical and public sector job for graduates, the three tier continuing education sector. If UK training and secondary system of academic, general and education service providers (not only VET but technical streaming reinforces the prestige of a also corporate training) are able to compete university education and white-collar work over more effectively for business and tenders in vocational routes. this market, then it should pave the way for more involvement of suppliers, including UK industry is actively engaged in technology educational technology. English language and knowledge transfer across many sectors by training is another important sub-sector. virtue of its business activities in Egypt. UK companies based in Egypt have a strong Education is without doubt Egypt?s most interest in contributing to the skills agenda. important development challenge. Bridging The Egyptian British Business Council is the skills gap by introducing new skills and increasingly focussed on how it can take competencies, and improving existing skills, is forward the skills agenda, including its backing essential if Egypt is to continue to enjoy high for the bilateral framework signed by TVET UK economic growth, and realise its full potential. in January 2009. The big UK investors are integrating skills training into their Corporate Vocational training in particular, or skills for Social Responsibility programmes. British employment, has rightly been placed at the Council has engagement right across the very top of the reform agenda. Vocational and education spectrum in Egypt in all the key technical education and training (TVET) is areas. The UK is well engaged in VET work in increasingly the focus of the Egyptian Egypt, either directly or indirectly. government, and of NGOs and other bodies ?Education is without doubt involved in international assistance and partnership programmes. Egypt?s most important development challenge. The link between education and industry in Bridging the skills gap by Egypt is very weak. The education system is s introducing new skills and till largely driven by supply rather than demand. Despite the very credible and competencies, and improving successful economic reform process underway, existing skills, is essential if which has helped Egypt attract huge amounts Egypt is to continue to enjoy of FDI over the past five years, the education system is still failing to supply the job market high economic growth.? professional development and training for Opportunities Egyptian staff is still emerging, and there is a demand for competence-based training in The Egyptian government is investing heavily all areas. There are opportunities for in education and there are many opportunities curricula work and other training and skills for UK companies to form partnerships across products from UK colleges/universities/ the the sector, including higher education, English- private corporate training sector. language training, leadership skills and development, and vocational training. ? Energy VET: This sub-sector is a promising one. The UK?s training and Egypt offers potential for UK educational education sector is generally very well institutions and suppliers of products and perceived in the Egyptian market. This, services, but as is always the case with combined with UK experience and expertise developing markets; success is likely to come in the UK?s indigenous oil and gas industry, to those who visit regularly, or have niche means that energy is increasingly an products/ services/ expertise which cannot be important sub-sector, with UK service sourced locally. providers (training institutes, universities, technical training colleges etc) well-placed The Egyptian government is putting special to enter the market. A variety of technical emphasis on the Technical and Vocational and ?soft? skills needs have been identified, Education and Training System to contribute which could be addressed by a variety of towards the improvement of the methods, including tailored short courses, competitiveness of Egyptian enterprises and distance and blended learning, and labour force skills. A great progress has been undergraduate and post-graduate made in this issue with the increase of the qualifications. Areas include: petroleum quality of training provision. In fact, the economists, geologists, drilling & reservoir government had launched a reform policy of engineering, management skills & business the training sector in an effort to respond to awareness and project management domestic and international markets needs, engineers. Significantly, many experts through a partnership project co-funded by the comment on the need to bridge the gap European Union. between university and industry: it takes an average of 2 years for fresh graduates Egypt?s education sector creates and serves to be ?work useful?. The concept of the largest workforce in the Middle East and continuous professional development and North Africa and is ripe with investment training for Egyptian staff is still emerging, opportunities. and there is a demand for competence- based training in all areas. Egypt is open to foreign participation in both higher education and training for the demands ? Educational equipment, services and of the global marketplace. Moreover, methods: The government is focussing on corporate education brands enjoy significant a major schools building programme, and cachet, catering to a growing private sector upgrading of existing schools. There is appetite for courses ranging from driver- growing emphasis on the private education education and security training to high-end system, with a view to allowing more professional courses and seminars. private schools and universities to be established. There are opportunities across The British system is generally very well the board, in the state and private sectors, perceived and is seen as a well-disciplined from basic equipment and services to more system that provides one of the highest levels sophisticated classroom technology, to the of education. trend towards modern and progressive technologies and techniques such as Opportunities exist in the following areas: blended learning, e-coaching, mentoring, web design etc. ? TVET: There are synergies across a wide variety of sectors which the government ? English Language Skills (ELS): ELS are has identified as requiring modernisation increasingly important for young adults and up skilling. The concept of continuous UK Trade & Investment Sector Briefing: Education opportunities in Egypt entering further education if they are to succeed in the job market. English is increasingly the business language of Egypt, although Arabic is the official language, and is a core skill in the large tourism sector. This is a competitive market with many existing suppliers, but demand will continue to grow, and recent research undertaken by UKTI indicates there are opportunities for UK suppliers with the right approach. ? E-learning: The government?s e-learning initiative continues to be rolled out, and we envisage increasing use of LMS (Learning Management Systems), live e-learning, interactive whiteboard technology, games- based learning etc. ? Consultancy: Egyptian authorities respect the UK?s expertise in all areas of education, training, up-skilling & technology transfer. ? Other areas include: - E-based programs to enhance teacher performance - Management/business training covering finance, marketing, customer service, management, and presentation skills. - Workshop training equipment, including training simulators and computers - Audio visual and video equipment, supplies and videoconference equipment - Educational training aids, including overhead and slide projectors, LCD multimedia projectors, panels, data shows and electronic dictionaries - All types of screens including interactive whiteboards, plasma displays, electric screens, tripod and wall screens, rear projection screens, fast-fold portable screens, monitor mounts, projection equipment, and easels - Multimedia learning laboratory systems and educational laboratory electronic equipment for schools such as medicine, physics, chemistry, and biology. UK Trade & Investment Sector Briefing: Education opportunities in Egypt If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website. UK Trade & Investment Sector Briefing: Education opportunities in Egypt Major events and activities UKTI contacts In the Region Wafaa Saad Adviser, Trade & Investment Building Future Education MENA British Embassy Cairo 21?22 November 2010 Tel: +20 2 2791 6000 Abu Dhabi, UAE Fax: +20 2 2791 6130 Email: GESS 26?28 April 2011 Abu Dhabi, UAE Radwa Sultan Adviser, Trade & Investment In the UK British Embassy Cairo Tel: +20 2 2791 6000 BETT Fax: +20 2 2791 6130 12-15 January 2011 Email: Olympia, London The Education Show Gary Hunt 17-19 March 2011 Deputy Director, Trade & Investment NEC, Birmingham British Embassy Cairo Tel: +20 2 2791 6000 Fax: +20 2 2791 6130 Email: Find full details of all events in Egypt on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector Briefing: Education opportunities in Egypt Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Egypt market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Egypt market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Egypt, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in the Egypt market. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Egypt market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector Briefing: Education opportunities in Egypt
Posted: 20 September 2010

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