Dr Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University in Cairo
Dr Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University in Cairo Egypt

Thursday 18th September 

Dr Yasser Sakr, President of Helwan University in Cairo, spoke exclusively to the British Council last week following a visit to the UK by a delegation from the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU), the body responsible for the planning, coordination and supervision of universities in Egypt.

The visit concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Newton-Mosharafa Fund, by Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, and Dr Sherif Hammad, Egyptian Minister of Scientific Research. 

Worth £20 million over five years, the Newton-Mosharafa Fund will bring together the British and Egyptian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing Egypt in economic development and social welfare.

Dr Sakr described the Memorandum of Understanding as “a landmark agreement opening new windows for collaboration and co-operation between the UK and Egypt in terms of higher education, student change, faculty change - all aspects of higher education”.

This visit, organised by the British Council, is timely as the SCU are looking to implement major reforms in higher education. Over five days the delegation met with key higher education organisations in the UK in order to learn from the experiences and developments of the UK sector.

Dr Sakr spoke positively of future collaboration between Egyptian and UK institutions, on both a sector and institutional level. And with one of the largest populations of students at university in the region, at 2.5 million, Egypt is well placed to become a future education hub. 

Watch the full interview using the link below.

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