The Challenges of Private Higher Education in Egypt - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

The Challenges of Private Higher Education in Egypt

Ghada Barsoum


Date:
May, 2014

NO.
833

Length:
24 pages

Topic:
I2. Education and Research Institutions

Private institutions are strongly showing presence in the landscape of higher education in Egypt.  This is not unique to Egypt, as private higher education is a significant global trend accounting for most of the growth in higher education in the world.  This paper looks at the growing role of higher education institutions in Egypt and seeks to place it within the global experience of a growing share of private higher education.  The paper also seeks to address some of the challenges this growing sector faces.  This paper builds on two sources of data.  Data from a recently fielded survey (2012) tracing university graduates aged 25-40 in two disciplines that have been the target of private education institutions, namely business administration and information technology.  The analysis of survey data focuses on the variegated education and work experiences between graduates of private institutions and public institutions.  The analysis shows that private higher education institutions primarily serve to absorb the demand for higher education.  Qualitative data based on interviews with some graduates of private institutions and a case review of two private higher education institutions seek to describe the context to private higher institutions in Egypt.  The evidence provided in the paper suggests that private higher institutions face challenges as they seek to provide affordable higher education, while making profit.  The paper concludes with a discussion of reform policies to address the growth of private higher education and issues of education quality, market transparency and social accountability.

Research Fellows

Ghada Barsoum

Assistant Professor, The American University in Cairo


Project

EVENTS

There are no Events PAST



Related Publications

Working Papers

The Effect of Refugees on Native Adolescents’ Test Scores: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Pisa

Semih Tumen

Existing evidence suggests that low-skilled refugee influx increases high school enrollment among native youth ... read more


Working Papers

True Development or Just Some Nugatory Digits? A Social-Epistemological Study of Iran’s Global Rank in Scientific Output

Roohola Ramezani

In the last decade Iranian academia has witnessed a glaring growth in scientific output, as ... read more


Working Papers

The Weight of History: A Natural Experiment in Higher Education

Mahdi Majbouri

Using a Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD) and publicly available datasets, this study measures the effect ... read more