Higher education should be based on quality, not quantity; receive merit-based funding; and be free of unnecessary bureaucracy. Not the least of the benefits of educational reform is to foster the pride of achievement at national and international levels.
Secularism will not work in Egypt any more than theocracy. What will work is governance that is guided by the Islamic values of the majority with protection of the minority rights.
Curiosity - the rover and the concept - is what science is all about: the quest to reveal the unknown.
Investing in science education and curiosity-driven research is investing in the future.
As someone from, and directly involved with, this part of the world, I am convinced Arabs are qualified to regain their glorious past.