‘Beautiful minds’ neglected as KAUST courts global elite

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Saudi princess sounds alarm over institution’s share of local students

A Saudi princess has attacked the flagship university set up by her own uncle, the king of Saudi Arabia, as a “disaster” because it does not educate enough local students.

Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud told Times Higher Education that her country needs to embrace mass higher education rather than bringing in Western scholars to educate an “elite” – a model she claims is used by the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), which started teaching in 2009 backed by a $10 billion (£6 billion) endowment from the monarch himself. Read more: ‘Beautiful minds’ neglected as KAUST courts global elite

E-Learning Engages Women at Saudi University

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Online courses are teaching female students practical skills that help put them on a level playing field with their male counterparts.By

Online learning communities help female Saudi students overcome barriers to higher education.  Saudi Arabian women make up more than 56 percent of the students enrolled in the Kingdom's public universities, but many of them complete their degrees without any direct contact with their male instructors.

Religious and cultural norms prohibit women from being alone with men outside of their family, so male professors sit alone in a room teaching to a video camera, instead of standing in front of the classroom to lecture to their female students.

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University of Bedfordshire accused of giving those sponsored by Saudi Arabian government preferential treatment

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The University of Bedfordshire appeared to bend its academic rules to give students sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government preferential treatment over those without sponsorship, Times Higher Education has learned.

Sponsored students were allowed three attempts at an exam before having to retake the year, and were permitted to study units from two different academic stages, apparently flouting the university’s own academic regulations.

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Saudi Students Flood In as U.S. Reopens Door

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WASHINGTON—Dressed in caps and gowns, the college students packing a graduation ceremony in suburban Washington, D.C., acted like excited graduates anywhere in the United States.

Except, perhaps, when the men broke into tribal line dances. Or when the women, wearing headscarves, burst forth with zagareet, soaring trills of their tongues, in celebration.

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