Minister of Higher Education chairs the meeting of the Supreme Council of Universities
The council affirms in its meeting:
-Commitment to the timetable for the second semester of the current academic year.
-Universities' readiness for end of the year exams.
-33,000 faculty members participating in the Health Care Fund.
- 2000 university activities with the participation of 600,000 students during the first semester.
The Supreme Council of Universities held on Saturday at Ain Shams University its periodic meeting, chaired by Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and attended by Dr. Muhammad Lotayif, Secretary of the Council, and members of the Council.
The Council thanked the family of Ain Shams University, headed by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Metaini, President of the University, for hosting the meeting of the Supreme Council of Universities.
The Minister of Higher Education stressed that universities should adhere to the timetable for the second semester of the academic year 2021/2022. He directed universities to prepare for the end of the year exams, and announce exam schedules to students well in advance of their holding time, while adhering to precautionary measures in all exam committees.
Dr. Adel Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesperson for the Supreme Council of Universities, stated that at its meeting the council reviewed a number of important reports, including the report submitted by Dr. Hisham Al-Manawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Health Care Fund for faculty members and their assistants. The report noted the increasing number of faculty members participating in the Health Care Fund, so far 33,000 from 7 universities, and subscriptions of thousands of new members are currently being terminated through contracting with other universities and research centers. The Minister thanked the Fund's administration, Misr Insurance Company, university presidents and the Secretary of the Supreme Council of Universities for the cooperation and good coordination that led to the start of the service in the Fund on 1st of April as planned. The Health Care Fund was established based on Law No. 162 of 2018 regulating the establishment of Foreign branch campuses, which included the establishment of the fund, and its financing in accordance with the law and executive regulations from the following sources:
(5% of the budget for establishing each international branch campus in Egypt, and 2% annually of the tuition fees collected by international branch campuses from students and scholars in all programs, and the fees paid by students of external supervision determined by executive regulations, and annual subscriptions from members of the fund). This is meant to help the Fund continue to perform its role in providing health and social care to faculty members and their assistants. All information related to the Fund is available through its platform http://hcf.mohesr.gov.eg
The Council reviewed the reports submitted by heads of technical sectors' committees of the Supreme Council of Universities on the results of field visits to faculties in different universities, which haven't completed 10 years since their inception, to ensure that all the necessary material and human capabilities are met for the continuation of the educational process with the required efficiency. The Minister thanked various sector committees for their Field follow-up to faculties, and directed the need to continue field follow-up during the coming period.
The Council reviewed a report submitted by the Egyptian Cultural Counsellor in Russia, on the conditions of Egyptian students studying in Russian universities. The report stated that the academic study in Russian universities is regular. The report also stated that all Egyptian students are fine, and their studies and living are completely stable. The Council directed the cultural counsellor to continue contacting Russian universities to check on the conditions of Egyptian students permanently, with periodic reports in this regard.
The Council reviewed a detailed report on student activities at government universities for the first semester of the current academic year, which amounted to 2,120 activities in which 604.000 students participated. The report also indicated that universities implemented 171 training courses to confront violence, extremism and corruption, in which 87.000 students participated, and 575 training courses for digital transformation in which 114.000 students participated, in addition to implementing 195 training courses to qualify those who are about to marry, with the participation of 50.000 students.
The council reviewed the universities' efforts in implementing the ministry's plan to disseminate right ideas and confront negative effects of extremist thought, in line with the tireless efforts made by ministries and stakeholders in the state to combat abnormal concepts and ideas that contradict tolerant religious beliefs and authentic cultural and societal legacies of the Egyptian people.
The council also reviewed research topics serving industry, prepared by universities to participate in the "Egypt Can through Industry" conference, in implementation of presidential directives to support the state's strategy in the field of industrial localization, increasing of the local component, and maximizing of the benefit from the experiences of Egyptian scientists in this field.
The Council reviewed the ministerial decision to form a committee to select new presidents for universities whose presidents' current term is nearing completion (Mansoura, Zagazig, Menoufia, Sadat City, Minya, Assyut, Luxor).
The official spokesperson of the Supreme Council of Universities added that the Council took several decisions, including approving the mechanism for testing students with degrees from foreign universities or institutes which are ranked after the top 1,000 universities in the international rankings of universities, to equate those degrees by the Supreme Council of Universities. It has been decided to hold the test for 3 times mainly, and optionally for a fourth time in case of need, provided that the three basic tests are held every four months in different geographical places including a University in Greater Cairo, a University in Upper Egypt, and a University in North Egypt. the Supreme Council of Universities determines the time map for holding the exams and the names of the three universities in which the exams will be held. The Secretary of the supreme council of universities is authorized to choose the date of the examination for the fourth time, and to determine its venue. The various sector committees are to select a committee of specialized professors to set the exams.
if the University is globally ranked 150-1000, it is sufficient to review the credit hours of academic programs and course descriptions through the equation sector committee.
If the university from which the student has obtained his/her degree is among the top 150 international universities, the degree is directly equated.
The council agreed to launch a competition among university students on the best short film, song, poster, operetta, self-initiative and research in the field of spreading moderate thought and rejecting extremism and terrorism. The council also agreed to form a committee of a number of university vice presidents for education and student affairs to judge the competition, to select the best works and honor the winning students.
The council agreed to amend the name of the Faculty of Computers and Information at Fayoum University to become the Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence.
The council also agreed to postpone the aptitude tests for admission to faculties of tourism and hotels in Egyptian universities this year until a comprehensive assessment of the aptitude test system admission experience that was followed past year is presented.
The Council was informed of the decision of the Supreme Council of Antiquities regarding the approval of allowing free visits to all archaeological sites and open museums on Saturday every week for Egyptian students in the departments of Antiquities - History - Civilization - Tourist Guidance - Architecture - Fine Arts - Art Education - Heritage and Site Management - Museum Sciences in the Faculties of Archaeology, Literature, Fine Arts, Art Education, applied arts, and tourism and hotels, and Al-Azhar University in light of the fruitful cooperation between the Ministries of Higher Education and Tourism and Antiquities.