The politics of educational transfer and policymaking in Egypt

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For the past two centuries, western modern education has informed education policies and practices in Egypt. However, few researchers have analyzed the historical or current politics of educational transfer in this country. This article investigates the ways in which foreign transfer has influenced Egyptian education, both historically and currently. It concludes that current Egyptian education is a product of inappropriately adapted foreign transfers coupled with domestic interest in spreading education with little attention to its quality. Egypt has recently received considerable support from the international community and has been influenced by global educational discourses. Yet, its educational reforms have met little, if any, success as they have been introduced into a system with characteristics that are historically ingrained and resistant to change, and into a contested context of competing interest groups and a climate of mistrust. The result is a disoriented education system full of problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-515
Number of pages17
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Donor community
  • Education policymaking
  • Educational transfer
  • Egypt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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