Glossary of Institution Types

Public and Private versions of:

  • University
  • Higher Institute
  • Academy
  • College


The Egyptian higher education system includes 24 public and 19 private universities. Public higher education is paid for by the state, abides by national regulations in faculty hiring, student recruitment and curriculum design and is free for Egyptian citizens.

Non-university education is offered by industrial, commercial, and technical institutes that provide two-year courses leading to diplomas in accountancy, secretarial work, insurance, computer or health sciences and electronics. Technical education schools provide five-year courses leading to advanced technical education diplomas in commercial, industrial, and agricultural fields.