Nile University sit-in gains support

Members of the Nile University community continued their sixth day of peaceful protests last weekend. Students at the research university have been appealing to the government to return land and buildings allocated for a new campus, after the new campus was confiscated at the beginning of 2011, writes Basil El-Dabh for Daily News Egypt.

A meeting was planned for last Monday to resolve the Nile University crisis. The meeting was to be attended by the Minister of Higher Education Mostafa Mes’id, Minister of Communication Hany Mahmoud, and Prime Minister Hesham Qandilas.

Various groups rushed to support the students, both through physical presence at demonstrations in Sheikh Zayed and via official statements. Student groups also lent support to the cause through statements from institutions including the British University, American University in Cairo, MSA University and Cairo University, backing the right of Nile students to begin the new semester at the new campus.
Full report on the Daily News Egypt site