Know how Egypt improved score in Global Innovation Index



Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 01:56 GMT


Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 01:56 GMT

Cars crisscross through the inner city of Cairo Egypt, alongside the Nile River during the day - U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sara Csurilla

Cars crisscross through the inner city of Cairo Egypt, alongside the Nile River during the day - U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sara Csurilla

CAIRO – 18 March 2019: Egypt jumped 10 positions to rank 95th in the Global Innovation Index for 2018. It also ranked 45th in the Innovation Efficiency Ratio, jumping from the 81st position in the previous year.

This came as part of the a mid-year report submitted by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli's government, concerning efforts made by the state during the first half of the fiscal year 2018/2019 to improve the technological and research system.

According to the Global Innovation Index (GII) for 2018, Egypt ranks 16th among the 30 lower-middle income economies in the index, and 17th among the 19 countries in Northern Africa and Western Asia.

The GII gives detailed metrics about 126 countries representing 90.8 percent of the world's population, according to the GII website, concerning the innovation performance of these countries. The index is published by New York-based Cornell University, the international business school of INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

According to GII 2018, "Egypt proves to be highly efficient in translating its innovation inputs into outputs, as demonstrated by this ratio."



The government's mid-year report said that Egypt has spent LE 19.9 billion ($1.15 billion) to support scientific research, adding that the North African country managed to raise the number of published international research to 20,000.

The number of patents issued for Egyptians and foreigners reached 108 patents, and 975 patent applications, according to the report.

The 111 year-old Cairo University has achieved 100 percent progress, according to the British QS World University Rankings, President of Cairo University Mohamed al-Khosht said earlier in March.

According to the ranking, Cairo University remains the top university in Egypt in 2019, ranked in 20 subject tables. Also, Cairo's Ain Shams University raised its representation from one department ranked in 2018 to as many as nine departments in 2019.

The university recorded 30.8 percent in academic reputation, and 55 percent in employer reputation. In the Arab region, Cairo University ranks 11th in the QS rankings.

In an interview with ON E, Khosht said that the university has ranked 101st worldwide in the fields of pharmacy, pharmacology, structural engineering and civil engineering.

He added that the university's magazine will become an international magazine, while efforts will be exerted in order for the university's Faculty of Mass Communication to become one of the best 500 colleges in the world in terms of different sections.

Cairo University, the mother university in Egypt, was established in 1908 in Egypt's Giza. The university has over 25 faculties and institutions in different scientific disciplines, with about 250,000 students enrolled.

Mahmoud el-Metiny, dean of Ain Sham's Faculty of Medicine, said that the faculty has jumped 50 places in the fields of biology and science.

QS Stars Rating system provides a detailed look at an institution in specific topics, including program strength and graduate employability. The QS World University Rankings is published annually, and is among the three most-widely read university rankings.



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