The educational system of Saudi Arabia has undergone a stunning improvement. Nowadays, the system consists of 27 private and 25 public universities, and this number is growing.
The country has around 30,000 schools, and a significant variety of colleges and other educational institutions. The country’s education platform is available to all citizens and offers students free education, free study books and a care system.
Mohammed Luqman works at King Saud University in Riyadh, and he says that the country needs to concentrate more on higher education. We can find plenty students in undergrad classes, but what we really do need are more students in higher education. Many of our students want to study abroad, because of scholarships, or decide to become employed as a consequence of the local and regional need for educated workers.
Of the nations latest budget for academic education will King Saud University in Riyadh receive the most impressive share (SR 9.4 billion), followed by King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (SR 5.7 billion). Third in the nation is Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh (SR 3.8 billion), while King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dahran will receive SR 1.3 billion.
In addition to establishing high conditions in education and learning, the Saudi Arabia is stimulating its people to engage in academic studies in foreign countries by offering scholarships and grants.
The Saudi government is designating in excess of SR 7 billion for its scholarship program (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques). These scholarships are used to help and support candidates to renowned educational institutions in countries including Britain, the US, Canada, Australia, China, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, France, Japan, and Singapore.
Under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, the Saudi Kingdom has subsidized around 18,000 university students in the recent past, and under the same program more than 7,500 students successfully concluded their study programs
Saudi Students in The United States
In the first years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, most Arab students stayed away from the U.S. as a result of tough restrictions and the security crackdown on Arab visitors (15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia). In 2004, for example, there were only about 1,000 Saudi students in America, as outlined by the U.S. State Department.
But now this has completely changed. During the last school year, there were some 66,000 Saudi students registered at U.S. universities, and this number is four times as much as before the 2001 attacks. In fact, Saudi Arabia is the quickest growing supplier of international students in America, well before China, as reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Saudi inflow belongs to a more expansive boost in foreign students in America, and this is good for U.S. universities who hope to improve tuition revenues. During the 2011/2012 academic year, some 724,250 overseas students were signed up at American universities, up 32% from ten years ago.
Saudi Arabia’s International scholarship program
In 2005, Saudi King Abdullah took over the throne, and he started the kingdom’s international scholarship program. This program is a vital part of the king’s initiatives to prepare upcoming generations for the challenging tasks of coping with the country’s principal issues, such as a fast-growing citizenry and decreasing oil reserves.
Since he took the throne, the Saudi king has accentuated academic and scientific education and connection with overseas countries as important factors to deal with religious extremism and a key element to convert Saudi Arabia into a contemporary state.
This current year, there are some 130,000 youngsters studying under the Saudi all over the world, and the cost of the program has been estimated at at least $5 billion since the beginning.
Studying for an MBA
Saudi students have a preference for American Business Schools. These schools have been welcoming students from Saudi Arabia to its campuses for many years, and the most popular programs with Saudi students involve undergraduate programs in business, engineering, and computer science.
Saudi students have highly valued the scholarships made available from the Universities and have appreciated the high quality of life but fairly affordable living costs in some American cities.
Saudi students get pleasure from the warm and friendly, secure and comfortable atmosphere and reap huge benefits from the schools’ settings, often in the middle of stunning surroundings and amazing historical countryside, offering excellent transport links to the excitement of dynamic American cities.