Al-Fanar Media reports that the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities has approved draft legislation introducing credit-based degree requirements at public universities. Rather than setting degree-program requirements in terms of years, universities will be able to set the requirements in credit hours. With the credit system in place, students will have more flexibility in choosing their courses each semester and how quickly they will be able to complete their degree program.
The credit system as such is not new to Egyptian higher education institutions. Several universities have already been using credit hours for some programs. However, the use of the credit system has not been very consistent. Many universities have continued to run programs according to a set schedule with traditional contact hours (lectures/practicals/lab etc.) reported on student records.