Saudis 4th largest group of foreign students in US

Updated 17 May 2013
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Saudis 4th largest group of foreign students in US

Saudi Arabia sent 34,139 students to study in the United States in the academic year 2011-2012, making it the fourth largest provider of foreign students to US colleges after China, India and South Korea, according to the most recent annual report by the Institute of International Education.
During 2010-2011, the number of students sent to US colleges increased by 11,435 students from the previous year. There are currently about 70,000 Saudi students in American universities. The number is expected to rise.
International student enrollment at US colleges has risen in recent years, with a record of 764,495 foreign students attending colleges the US in 2011-2012.
An increase in the number of undergraduate students from Saudi Arabia enrolling in the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, which is funded by the government, has overtaken the number of international graduates for the first time in 12 years. The government allocated 25 percent of the Kingdom’s public expenses to education this year.
“Many Saudi students’ choice of attending colleges in the US over those in other countries is due to their first-rate scholastic programs,” says Evan Bunis, senior academic consultant. “The King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program does its best to make sure that Saudi students receive the best academic support and attend the best universities in the world.”
According to the US Department of Commerce, international students contributed $ 22.7 billion last year to the US economy.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.