Malaysia popular among Saudi students

Updated 23 April 2013
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Malaysia popular among Saudi students

More than 30 leading universities and educational institutions from Malaysia participated in the two-day Malaysian higher education fair at the Malaysian Consulate in Jeddah, which took off Sunday.
The fair aimed to showcase the opportunities of studying in Malaysia for Saudis and expats in the Kingdom.
“We are offering a lifelong learning curve for students. There are also opportunities for advanced courses, such as Master's and Ph.D. programs,” said Ahmed Razal Chan, who works for the fair organizer Rexpo.
He said engineering, medicine and information technology (IT) are popular areas of expertise in Malaysia.
“Last year, almost 4,000 people visited the fair in two days, and we are expecting the same this year,” said Chan.
Mohammed Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak, Malaysian consul general, said: “The universities in Malaysia are cheap in comparison to the universities in the UK and the US, but the quality is the same. Moreover, Malaysia is a Muslim country so we have halal food. We arranged a small food festival at the fair so the students can familiarize themselves with Malaysian cuisine.”
Out of a total of 80,000 students in Malaysia, almost 2,000 are Saudi and 30,000 are from other countries. Malaysian universities follow the British curriculum and are recognized worldwide. “Our target is to get more than 100,000 students in 2013,” said Razak.
He said Malaysia is a tourist country and a major educational hub with quality education in Asia.
Ali Ahmed Ali, a Yemeni national, said he was looking for information about the University of Technology, Malaysia and Malaysia University of Science to continue his education in mechanical engineering.
“My two older brothers are already studying in Malaysia so I want to complete my education there as well. I have already been to Malaysia for educational purposes, so I believe a Malaysian university would be the best,” he said.
Another student, Ahmed Al-Sayed, said he wanted to join the Malaysian University for his career in information technology (IT).


Saudi tourism body considers funds for 6 tourism projects worth SR71 million

The funds will go toward developing a range of plans across the hospitality sector, including hotels, conference centers, infrastructure and tourist resorts. (SPA)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Saudi tourism body considers funds for 6 tourism projects worth SR71 million

  • Saudi Arabia’s vision on the tourism sector is based on its basic values and culture in the first place, followed by the economic importance and regional and international weight it enjoys

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced plans to fund 33 new tourism projects across the Kingdom, as part of a lending initiative to aid the sector in underdeveloped Saudi regions.
Abdul Majid bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Nasser, the SCTH’s director general of tourism investment, said that the initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, approved proposals for 33 projects at a cost of more than SR1,100 billion ($294 million).
Al-Nasser added that a joint committee formed by the SCTH and the ministry was also studying funding for six other projects worth an additional SR71 million.
The funds will go toward developing a range of plans across the hospitality sector, including hotels, conference centers, infrastructure and tourist resorts. The hope is that, as well as highlighting the many attractions on offer in less-heralded parts of the country, the initiative will also lead to an upswing in job creation.
Saudi Arabia’s vision on the tourism sector is based on its basic values and culture in the first place, followed by the economic importance and regional and international weight it enjoys, as well as its value-based interaction with other communities.
Earlier this month, SCTH undertook registration of 1,127 artifacts and relics that it successfully managed to restore from America, in coordination with the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Some of the items recovered date back to prehistoric times.
The director-general of archiving and protecting antiquities at SCTH, Naif Al-Qannour, said the commission had stepped up its efforts to recover national treasures from inside and outside the Kingdom.
Al-Qannour added that many of the objects had been voluntarily handed over to the Kingdom by relatives of US citizens who worked in Saudi Arabia during the 1960s.