Did you know that QS World University Rankings, one of the three most widely read university rankings in the world, states that “Canada has a well-established position among the world’s leading study destinations”? A total of 26 universities in Canada are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2019, three of which are in the world’s top 50. But why are we talking about Canadian education in a publication dedicated to life in the capital?
Well, back in October 2017, Egypt Today announced the start of a new educational complex of five Canadian universities in the New Administrative Capital, under the supervision of the Canadian and Egyptian governments. The 50-acre project will reach a total cost of 1.7 billion LE. Just last February, the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Khaled Khaled Abdel Ghafar, conducted his first inspection of the University of Canada, which officially opened its doors in September 2018 and became the first foreign university at the New Administrative Capital to receive students. It was during this visit that the government informed the public about the construction of eight international universities in the area. You can read more about the visit in Al-Masry Al-Youm’s article.
Another update on the Canadian university front: Last Sunday, Egypt Independent shared details about the Abdel Ghaffar’s recent meeting with a delegate from the Canadian university, Ryerson, to discuss building a branch in Egypt. The minister also stressed the several benefits of establishing branches of foreign universities in our country. The parties discussed the mechanism behind establishing the branch, cooperation within different educational programs and specialisations, entrepreneurship, and linking scientific research with industry and scholarships.
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Ryerson mentioned that the university’s engineering programs rank among the top 250 programmes worldwide. This intrigued us to research a bit more about the potential resident. After some googling, we came across some more interesting data. The history of Ryerson University, a Toronto-based public research university, dates back to 1852 and its founder, Egerton Ryerson. The institute currently encompasses Canada’s largest undergraduate business school and its third largest undergraduate engineering school.
Needless to say, we can’t wait for the groundbreaking ceremony very soon!