A discussion about the role of Copts in
Egyptian universities and how to activate this role.
Al-Jumhūriyah discusses the fact that Copts tend to
work in private businesses leaving behind the field of academic work in universities. First of all, Kamāl Zākhir,
the Coptic thinker, states that society’s development requires activating the principle of equality and selection on the
basis of efficiency. Dr. Ikrām Lam‘ī, the spokesman of the Evangelical Church, believes that a wide
range of Copts have a belief that they will never be appointed to such positions, so they turn away from this field. He
says that the Ministry of Higher Education should put specific and accurate rules in selecting university teachers to
prevent any discrimination. Dr. Rasmī ‘Abd al-Lāh, the Administration and Planning Professor in the
Educational Research Center, confirms the importance of efficiency principles. On the other hand, Dr. Christine
Zāhir, teacher of research curricula and teaching methods at the faculty of Education, Port Said, believes that the
most important reason for this status is the spirit of surrender in which Copts live. She also says that the solution is
the activation of the citizenship principle.