Internationalization of Higher Education: Faculty of Economics and Political Science/Cairo University

Project description

In this era of globalization, there is increased pressure on universities to become more international in character. This research is about the internationalization of higher education at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) at Cairo University. The focus is on the newly founded Euro-Mediterranean Studies program. The controversy lies in the question of how international is the program, what are its advantages and drawbacks, in addition to its future and prospects. In this research, I draw on the documentary analysis, extensive personal interviews with doctoral students, faculty members and administrators, to investigate and analyze the conditions, objectives and prospects of internationalization of doctoral programs at FEPS. The research tries to assess the conditions and possibilities of internationalization of higher education, by particularly examining the Euro-Mediterranean Studies program at FEPS. It is important to highlight that such a program is not an international program according to global academic standards, but rather an attempt to improve and develop the quality of higher education by integrating international aspects in it. Thus, this research study contributes to the current debates about internationalization of study programs at public universities.


First name Last name Gender Rank Affiliated Institution Country
Ola Kubbara Female Researcher Cairo University Egypt

Bio: Ola Kubbara is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) , Cairo University since 2015. Her research interests focus on democratization processes and democracy promotion, with specific emphasis on the German Political Foundations as actors in democracy assistance in Egypt. She is the recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship of 2017, and is currently conducting her Ph.D. thesis research at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany. Graduate of the German School in Cairo, she finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Her work has appeared in 'Open Democracy' and recently in the 'Bundeszentrale for Politische Bildung' (bpb), Dossier Interstaatliche Konflikte. She has pieces in ‘Idafat’ Journal (Arab Journal of Sociology) and forthcoming in the AUC Press on internationalization of higher education at in Egypt.



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Political Science

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