The Supreme Council of Universities announced on Tuesday that it will hold the final oral and written exams for all university seniors in July, with international students exempted.
During a virtual meeting with the council, of which he is also head, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar reviewed the preparations for the final exams. These are set to start from 1 July.
He asserted that every university is responsible for organising and putting together the schedules should exams be held in different facilities.
Abdel Ghaffar added that for foreign senior students who are currently outside Egypt and cannot attend the exams will be able to reschedule their exams after the return of international flights.
He said that during the exams, every university is obliged to apply state-imposed precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These should be in accordance with the standards put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Egypt’s Ministry of Health, to ensure the health safety of students and faculty staff.
Due to the exceptional conditions that Egypt is currently facing, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has contacted the relevant authorities to delay this year’s date for university enrolment. This will be until all exams for senior students have been completed and their exam results have been released.
Moreover, Abdel-Ghaffar announced that final year students have the option to move their exams until next year, with no impact on their academic degree or risk of failure.
For students in American diploma programmes, the ministry will extend the work of the Coordination Office of Admission to Universities after the two SAT2 exams, which are scheduled for September.
The ministry added that it will approve grades granted to students in British-system inspired schools and which are required for university admission in June following approval from the British Council.
Abdel-Ghaffar added that applications made by foreign students wishing to study at Egyptian universities will remain open until 30 November. The delay is to take into consideration that some countries have delayed the exams due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.