Minister Plenipotentiary Khaled Aref, Director of Francophonie Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, affirmed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen partnership with the African continent through multiple mechanisms, including the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development, which has enjoyed great political support since its launch in 2014.
In a speech he delivered as a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the graduation ceremony of the 17th batch of Senghor University in Alexandria, Khaled Aref referred to the scholarships provided by the Egyptian Agency for African students in line with the state’s efforts to strengthen relations with African countries in all fields, including education.
He stressed that the Egyptian government is working to provide all forms of support to Senghor University so that it can play its role in preparing an elite group of future cadres, praising the measures taken by the university’s administration to ensure the continuation of studies in light of the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic that swept the world.
Aref stated that the new headquarters of Senghor University, which was allocated by the Egyptian government in the city of Borg El Arab, on an area of 4,000 square meters, will provide students with a distinctive study environment and advanced facilities, and enhance the role of that institution that receives scholars and professors from French-speaking countries to serve development in Africa.
The Foreign Ministry official concluded, “The year 2022 will witness the opening of between 12 and 15 new universities, with the number of universities in Egypt reaching 125 by 2032,” also referring to the goal of receiving about 200,000 foreign students by 2030.
It is worth noting that the number of graduates from Senghor University, hosted by Egypt since 1990, is about 3000 students, all working in the fields of development in African countries and international institutions, and it is considered one of the distinguished universities in this field.