CAIRO: Tuition fees for private universities for the 2014-2015 academic year witnessed a notable increase, ranging from 50 to 90 percent, according to a Youm7 survey published Thursday.
According to the Ministry of Higher Education official website, there are 18 private universities in Egypt including American, Russian, British, German, Canadian, French institutions.
In the opening of the academic year 2011/2012, the American University in Cairo (AUC) several students staged a strike against the “notable and unjustified” increase in the tuition fees, several media outlets reported.
In October, 2011, dozens of students at Modern Science and Arts (MSA) University refrained from attending lectures for a week and staged a strike in protest against the University’s decision to increase the tuition, according to Ahram Online.
Most of the tuition fees of the academic year 2014/2015 have increased by at least 1000 EGP and some universities the tuition fees have been doubled than last year.
The tuition fees at Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST) have increased by 100 percent compared to last year. Tuition fees of MUST’s Faculty of Medicine for the academic year 2014-2015 were doubled to reach 66,000 EGP ($9,200) per year.
However, the MUST’s faculties of al-Alsun and Antiquities decreased their tuition this year by 5 percent, according to the survey.
In the academic year 2014-2015, the tuition fees at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for 12 credit hours per semester reached 30, 713 EGP for Egyptian Students and $ 12,965 for foreign students, according to the AUC website.
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