A new bi-lingual, student-centred curriculum and internationally recognised qualifications for Egyptian students

14th January 2019

Working with Egypt’s Education Development Fund (EDF), Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) has developed an innovative KG-12 curriculum to meet local and international needs and to follow leading practice in teaching and learning.

The Nile International Education System (NIES) is taught by specialist teachers and examinations are sat in English and Modern Standard Arabic. The NIES curriculum prepares students to meet the challenges of the future, employment or higher education, and develops independent learners who are innovative, entrepreneurial and resilient, and who will be responsible and capable citizens.

NIES is offered by a growing network of purpose-built Nile Egyptian Schools (NES) across Egypt. Students are externally assessed by Cambridge International at the end of primary, preparatory and secondary stages. At the end of secondary school, students sit for the Certificate of Nile International Secondary Education (CNISE), which is jointly awarded by NIES and Cambridge International. Three independent benchmarking exercises (2016, 2017 and 2018) conducted by the UK’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) found the subjects passed at Level 3 (L3) are considered comparable to GCE A Level standard, subjects passed at Level 2 (L2) are comparable to GCE AS level standard, and subjects passed at L1 are comparable to GCSE standard.

Many leading international universities have recognised the CNISE as an accepted qualification for entry to undergraduate programmes, including the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with Ivy League and other Russell Group universities, such as Columbia University and University College London (UCL). The Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities has formally recognised the CNISE and approved the specific admissions regulations and qualifying subjects needed for entry into Egyptian state universities with particular specialisms in Humanities, Science, and Engineering, and Mathematics. Private universities in Egypt, including the prestigious American University in Cairo (AUC), the German University in Cairo (GUC), and the British University in Egypt (BUE) have also already independently recognised the CNISE.

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