CAIRO: Cairo University is unable not rank among the top 100 universities in the world because of “students’ density,” head of the university Gaber Nassar told youm7 Thursday.
“The university is compelled to lose points in the ranking, for example, the ideal university in the ranking has 50,000 students, while at Cairo University we have 300,000 students,” Nassar said.
Harvard University, the top university in the two rankings, has about 21,000 students, according to its website.
Cairo University has 24 faculties, including four higher education institutes, and has a major issue with the number of students in the faculties of law, commerce and arts, Nassar added.
Nassar claimed he would be able to compete among the top 100 universities if he were allowed to accept a lower number of students
Established in 1908, Cairo University is government-owned and requires significantly low prices for enrollment. Medical and engineering colleges, however, require almost full scores, while the faculties of humanities require lower scores.
In the past two decades, more varied privately-owned universities have been established to both accommodate students who seek better education and those do not score high enough to join the prestigious faculties at Cairo University.
The university; however, remains the top in the country, according to the Ranking Web of Universities.
Additional reporting by Wael Rabei