On the abysmal state of research funding in Egypt

"I’ve seen university departments, research departments, work with a five-figure annual research budget for 2000 PhD students, and double that number of Master's students.

"That’s why you find that most marine biologists in Egypt are fish biologists. Not fisheries—fish. Because their study usually comprises going to the fish market and buying fish, cutting it up, and then cooking it for lunch.

"They don’t have the money to go diving, or get a boat, a research vessel, and go out, or get proper sampling done in their labs. There is no other possibility."

—Ahmed El Droubi of Greenpeace Arab World

(This, a side note in a recent interview. For more information, I'd recommend this Christian Science Monitor article about Egypt's failing education system.)