CAIRO: In accordance with the newly adopted presidential decree to the University law regarding choosing university faculty deans and presidents, 19 deans at the Cairo University will be removed, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The Cairo University professors who will be removed have either reached their retirement age or finished their legal terms of being elected, which is three years.
Among the faculties that will witness new appointments of deans are mass communication, computers and information, economics, political science, pharmacy, and dentistry.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued Tuesday a presidential decree stipulating that the university president, based on a recommendation from the Minister of Higher Education, should assign each head of each faculty. They should chosen between three professors nominated to the president by a specialized committee; the president would have final say on who gets appointed.
The decree said faculty deans could be fired before the end of their assigned duration by a decision from the president if they fail to carry out their duties.
There was controversy over the application of the decree, which would make all heads of universities subject to presidential appointment, after they were hired through elections following the January 25 Revolution in 2011.
Additional reporting by Sara Osama Shoureap, Wael Rabeiy, and Hany Mahmoud.