On the 17th of June, 2018, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research confirmed the official opening of new faculties starting its operations in Beni Suef University, Egypt in the upcoming academic year 2018/2019.
In addition to the colleges that will establish brand new fields of study such as the Faculty of Science of Navigation and Space Technology, which will be opened in Beni Suef University, new branches of already existing faculties, like law and nursing institutes will be officially opened to reduce the shortage of such faculties in remote governorates.
On the 3rd of June, 2018, about 646,000 students started the national high school, Thanaweya Amma, exams, applying for the second year of the booklet system. The exam booklet template was first implemented in academic year 2016-2017, and had almost abrogated examination malpractice, which was incessant in the former pattern-based mainly on easily predicted essay questions.
Cairo University was earlier announced to receive nine state awards in distinctive fields in the yearly celebration held on Tuesday June 12 by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in association with the Ministry of Higher Education. The National Research Center came in the second place after Cairo University by receiving five awards. Each of Ain Shams and Zakazik universities received four awards, sharing the third place. Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Alexandria and Mansoura Universities occupied the fourth place by receiving three awards each. And finally, the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute was honored with two awards.
Two months earlier, the Ministry of Education introduced a comprehensive new system known as the “Education System 2”, which is set to first be implemented starting next academic year 2018/2019. The new education system ensures an advanced quality of education to students and does not mainly focus on grades.