Egypt's education sector attempts at creating and serving the largest workforce in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It includes many investment opportunities, which is its defining characteristic. Recently, Egypt found many opportunities that would develop the whole education sector including the private education; the public-private educational partnerships (from kindergarten to 12th grade); the private, technical and vocational education; and other corporate training programs.
In 2016/2017, the 24 Egyptian universities served 3.03 million students. The total number of students enrolled in private higher institutes in that same year reached around 410.8 thousand students representing 13.6% of the total number of the higher education students.
In the context of the government's keenness to comply with the constitutional provisions, which state that at least 7% of the gross national product (GNP) must be earmarked to the educational services (4% for pre-university education, 2% for university education, 1% for scientific research), the government plan aims at allocating an amount of EGP 40.2 billion of the total investments (whether public or private) to the aforementioned services during the first year of the plan (2018/2019). This amount represents 4.3% of the total investments during that the same year, and constitutes a growth rate of more than 60% when compared to 2017/2018. The public investments in the said services represent 72% (29 billion pounds), while the private ones constitute the remainder.