The Ministry of Higher Education was established on November 9th, 1961 to assume the responsibilities of higher education. Education expanded considerably with respect to universities, which began to spread into different regions, in addition to state and private higher institutes and intermediate institutes. The Ministry is assigned a number of important responsibilities, namely: proposing higher education policy; setting the plans, projects, and programs necessary to implement this policy; setting the means that lead to increased university and higher education in light of the current and future needs of the country; and developing the means that lead to a strengthening of the relationship between universities, colleges, and higher institutes on the one hand, and the environment on the other. This is all done with the aim to provide the best public service to society, as well as supervising the Egyptian cultural bureaus and centres overseas. The Ministry also supervises the Academy of the Arabic Language and the National Committee of UNESCO.

Since the ministry was the responsible body for realising the nationwide innovation strategy and devoted a large portion of its resources to promoting and funding relevant research and education activities in Egypt, it was necessary to secure its involvement in this project. The Ministry agreed to participate in this proposal and establish the first multidisciplinary degree to be offered at the university level, with the involvement of more than one faculty in offering the MSc. The Ministry plays a significant role in quality control and monitoring activities. It is also vital for the accreditation of the planned MSc. This involvement ensures the successful implementation of the project. The involvement of the Ministry in this proposal was a great indication for the consortium members of the validity of the planned initiative. The Ministry’s involvement also ensures the project’s institutional and financial sustainability.

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