President underlines Egypt’s interest in developing universities

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President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi underlined Egypt’s interest in developing universities, in order to enable them to play their role in the field of science and enlightenment, enhancing citizen’s awareness and the effective participation of Egyptian university students in all domains of life.

The president emphasised the importance of providing equal opportunities in the fields of education and labour, hailing the role of science in achieving political, economic and social development, in which youth should take part through their contributions to large national projects, topped by the Suez Canal Corridor Development project, agricultural development, housing and the national project for constructing roads.

The remarks were made in the speech the president gave last night at the ceremony held at Cairo University to honour the outstanding graduates of Egyptian universities.

Presidential spokesman Ambassador Alaa Youssef, said the president conferred medals of excellence, second class, on the graduates and then gave a speech, in which he referred to the anniversary of the death of late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser.

The president greeted all those who took part in the establishment of Cairo University, expressing his hope that this and other Egyptian universities would be among the best universities in the world.

The president stressed the importance of upgrading student’s levels, and increasing their participation in the academic development of their universities and the application of quality assurance criteria.

The spokesman said the president gave orders to increase the number of Egyptian scholarships abroad, calling on students not to be dragged into any negative activities, or adopt ideas which aim at undermining the potential of the nation.

The presidential spokesman said the president gave directives for earmarking 50 per cent of the seats in the specialised national councils for youth, which will be established and affiliated to the presidency soon.