Student Insight - Egypt

Student Insight - Egypt
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August, 2012

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Student Insight - Egypt
Student Insight - Egypt
Student Insight - Egypt

This paper is based on data collected from more than 1,000 prospective international students from Egypt collated between 2007 and mid 2012.

Chapter 1 Despite increased spending in education, Egypt still lags behind in educational achievement. Contributing factors include wide social and economic gaps separating rural and urban areas, poor quality education, a disconnect between the needs of the labour market and the education system, and highly centralised governance systems. The chapter profiles prospective Egyptian students interested in studying abroad, indicating gender levels, interest in undergraduate or postgraduate study, current status (ie. employed vs studying), stage in the decision-making process, previous overseas study experience, subjects in demand, interests and hobbies.

Chapter 2 examines the influences impacting the decision of students to study overseas, identifying differences between prospective undergraduates and postgraduates. Quality of education and improved career prospects were among the most important influences for both groups of students. Factors affecting decisions about study destination and choice of institution are also detailed. The impact of factors such as reputation of institution, course quality, international recognition of qualification, campus facilities and career prospects are prioritised. Sources of influence in the decision-making process, such as family members, employers, media, career advisors or other students are highlighted.

Chapter 3 looks at the best ways of reaching prospective Egyptian students by identifying the major sources of information they use when researching overseas education options. Online resources are among the range of sources identified. Services required by education agents over the last two years are highlighted, indicating a strong preference for the use of agents among both prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students, although the range of needs varied between the groups.

Chapter 4 recommends that institutions and agents highlight specific qualities when appealing to prospective international Egyptian students. Future career prospects are among the factors that are important in influencing the decision to study abroad for Egyptian students, so an emphasis on the success of an institution’s alumni may be useful. Other recommendations are made in light of the survey findings.

Please Note: Research reports produced by Education Intelligence may contain data or information collected from public sources such as UNESCO, the OECD and the World Bank, among others, in addition to original British Council data.

With the survey demonstrating a strong interest in science programs and concern over both the quality of education and future career prospects, this may indicate a shift in mindset amongst young Egyptians and increased job opportunities for those with the right skills outside of the civil service.

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