Ministry of Higher Education (Egypt)

Ministry of Higher Education
Ministerial Department overview
Formed 9 November 1961 (1961-11-09)
Jurisdiction Egypt
Headquarters Cairo
Minister responsible
  • Ashraf Shihi
Website Ministry of Higher Education

The Ministry of Higher Education is one of the governmental bodies of Egypt and part of the cabinet.


The ministry was established on 9 November 1961,[1][2] when university education in Egypt became free.[3]

Between March 2011 and June 2013 the ministry had seven different ministers.[4] Amr Ezzat Salama was one the ministers during this period.[5]

Mostafa Mussad served as minister of higher education from August 2012[6] to July 2013 when Hossam Eisa replaced him in the post.[4][7] The ministry was headed by El Sayed Abdel Khalek between June 2014[8][9] and September 2015. He was replaced by Ashraf Shihi in the post.[10]

Organization and activities

The major function of the ministry, based in Cairo, is to develop, implement and monitor all the higher education-related policies.[2][11] The ministry is responsible for the educational activities of the universities, both public and private, in the country. The ministry realizes this function through three executive bodies, namely the Supreme Council of Universities, the Supreme Council of Private Universities and the Supreme Council of Technical Institutions.[11]

In addition, the ministry supervises the Academy of the Arabic Language and the National Committee of UNESCO.[1] The ministry has international bureaus, including the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in Washington DC.[12]


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  2. 1 2 "Ministry of Higher Education". Centre for Social Innovation. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. Mariz Tudros (18–24 March 1999). "Unity in diversity". Al Ahram Weekly. 421. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. 1 2 Nadia El Awady (8 June 2013). "Higher education still suffering after the revolution". University World News. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  5. Mark Allen Peterson (10 November 2011). "Egypt's media ecology in a time of revolution". Eurasia Review. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. Ashraf Khaled (9 August 2012). "Islamist professor becomes higher education minister". University World News. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  7. "Egypt's interim president swears in first government". Ahram Online. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  8. "New government swears in". Cairo Post. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  9. "Meet Egypt's New Government". Egyptian Streets. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. "Egypt's Sherif Ismail cabinet with 16 new faces sworn in by President Sisi". Ahram Online. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  11. 1 2 "Higher education in Egypt" (PDF). European Commission. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  12. "Message from director". Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
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