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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Egypt green light for Malaysian students

JOHOR BARU: The education authorities in Egypt have given the green light for Malaysian students to return to their campuses, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said.

He said the ministry had contacted the universities and authorities in Egypt following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Khaled said the ministry was told that the students’ safety could only be secured within campus grounds.

“However, their safety cannot be guaranteed outside the university as the authorities are unable to control circumstances off campus,” he said after attending the World Kite Festival in Pasir Gudang here yesterday.

Khaled said the ministry would hold a meeting with Egypt’s education authorities tomorrow to discuss details on the return of Malay–sian students.

“We will meet with their representatives and announce the decision soon,” he said.

A total of 5,000 Malaysians are studying medicine in Egypt while 6,000 more are religious studies undergraduates.

Malaysian students were evacuated from Cairo as a safety measure due to the protests which broke out there on Jan 25 against Mubarak.

The students were evacuated under a 12-day operation codenamed Ops Piramid, from Feb 3.


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