Three Saudi Universities Receive Top Positions in QS Rankings

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KFUPMBy Mohammed Rasooldeen for Arab News

Three universities in the Kingdom have received top positions in the QS University Rankings for the Arab Region.

The three universities which received five-star plus rankings include King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.

Dr. Thurayya Arrayed, one of the first 30 women on the Shoura Council, said: “I am very proud of every scientific indication that our established universities are doing well and congratulate them. I am sure other universities such as KAUST are shining too.”

She said that every step Saudi Arabia takes toward excellence in its educational endeavors will be positive, and it is the need of the hour in this age of technology and research. “It is expected that our higher educational institutions should show signs of growing success in aligning their plans, performance, and projects with the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and Vision 2030,” she concluded, saying that she expects better results in the near future.

Shoura Council member Dr. Fayez Al-Shehri told Arab News that the remarkable performance of the three universities bears eloquent testimony to the contributions made by the government toward higher education.

He pointed out that there are 35 universities which include 25 government institutions that receive the best support from the government to produce erudite citizens.

Describing it as excellent news, Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo Gutiérrez, who holds a degree in law said: “Education is the cornerstone of the economic development and social program.”

Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi, a lawyer turned diplomat said that the achievement demonstrates a clear signal toward the road of a knowledge-based society. “The Kingdom, has been giving top priority to education for both males and females, and now it is bearing fruits,” the envoy added.

A Saudi journalist based in Dubai, Musad Al-Zayani, who follows the region for his newspaper, said this is a sign of the forward march of Saudi Arabia. “It’s a matter for rejoicing when three universities from the same country receive five-star plus ratings,” Al-Zayani, who was a product of the King Abdul Aziz University said, adding that it is because of the integrated Vision of the Kingdom, which is planned by the leadership to forge ahead in the years to come.

Congratulating the management of the three universities, Saudi writer Abdulhadi Habtor said it’s a remarkable achievement, and it clearly portrays the hard work rendered by these academic institutions.

Habtor, who was also a student at the King Abdul Aziz University said it reflects the developmental strides in Saudi Arabia toward Vision 2030. “Let us not be complacent with this situation; we should focus on other universities in the country too,” he concluded.

Saudi Students Enrollments in Intensive English Language Programs Fall

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SaudiFlagThe number of Saudi students enrolled in intensive English programs in the U.S. fell by 45.2 percent in 2016 compared to the year before, according to new data from the Institute of International Education released Tuesday during the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

Saudi Arabia has suspended its large government scholarship program.  Saudi students students in the U.S. typically start in intensive English programs before moving into degree programs.

Education Spending Takes Top Spot in Saudi budget

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By Arabia Higher Ed Staff

Saudi Arabia issued today a royal decree outlining Saudi Arabia's 2017 budget. 

The 2017 budget is estimated to reach SAR 890 billion ($237.3), an 8 percent increase from 2016, and is projected to reflect a record 33 percent decrease in the Kingdom's national deficit.

Education expenditure took the top spot in the 2017 budget with a SAR 200 billion ($53.3 billion) that cover public education and higher education and training.


Saudi Denies plan to Send 2,000 Students to Egypt

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The Saudi embassy in Cairo yesterday denied reports issued by the Egyptian media that the kingdom had agreed to send 2,000 Saudi sponsored students to study at Egyptian universities, the Anadolu Agency reported.

In a statement, the Saudi embassy denied that a phone call took place between Egyptian official in the Ministry of Higher Education, Hussam Al-Mallahi, and the embassy in which the former announced the agreement to send 2,000 Saudi sponsored students to Egypt.

In the statement, the embassy noted that Al-Mallahi claimed that Saudi did not halt the scholarship programme for 12 years.

A report about this claimed phone call was initially published by the government-owned newspaper Al-Ahram. The report claimed that an agreement reached with the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed Al-Qattan, noting that 700 students have already arrived in Egypt.

In October last year, a lawyer in the Saudi embassy in Cairo said that Saudi Arabia halted the scholarship programme in Egypt.

“With the increasing numbers of forged master’s and PhD degrees from Egypt, the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education decided to stop postgraduate admissions to Egypt for an indefinite period of time,” the lawyer at the Saudi embassy in Egypt said.


Saudi Student Numbers Fall by Nearly 20 Percent

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sevp asiaThe number of students from Saudi Arabia in the U.S. on student visas fell by 19.9 percent from November 2015 to November 2016, according to new data on student visas from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Many U.S. universities and intensive English programs have reported declines in admissions and enrollments of new students from Saudi Arabia -- a key country in many institutions' international recruiting efforts -- that they have attributed to changes in that country’s government scholarship program.

The data on student visas, released quarterly by the U.S. government, are distinct from annual survey data on international enrollments compiled by the Institute of International Education.

Despite the drop in the number of Saudi students, the Homeland Security data show that the overall number of international students on F or M visas -- for academic or vocational study -- increased 2.9 percent from November 2015 to November 2016, to an all-time high of 1.23 million.  An additional 198,217 foreign nationals are in the U.S. on J-1 exchange visas, a decrease of 1.8 percent from last fall. A breakdown of some country-by-country trends for Asia, the top region of origin for international students in the U.S., are shown above.


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