Private Higher Education in Egypt

From Necessary Evil to Celebrated Player

  • Ghada Barsoum American University in Cairo


This article looks at the evolution of the role of private higher education institutions in Egypt, where the higher education landscape has been predominantly public. Until the early 1990s, private institutions had a very shy presence, primarily as a last resort for underachievers. They have shifted roles to become celebrated players tasked with the mission of improving the quality and competitiveness of the higher education system.

Author Biography

Ghada Barsoum, American University in Cairo

Ghada Barsoum is associate professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Email:

How to Cite
Barsoum, G. (2022). Private Higher Education in Egypt. International Higher Education, (109), 28-29. Retrieved from