100% raise in scholarship amount approved

Updated 10 July 2014
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100% raise in scholarship amount approved

The Ministry of Higher Education is expected to increase financial allocations for students studying abroad and their accompanying families by 100 percent, according to sources.
The sources added that the decision has been made on directive from higher authorities to the ministry as a gesture to assist beneficiaries of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program and their accompanying families meet the living requirements while studying abroad. The new cap for study fees of scholarships will stand at $16,000 compared to the current $8,000. 
The decision comes within the framework of the bigger initiatives launched by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz educational program to help students abroad to overcome any hardships and difficulties they face.
The sources said a committee, which included in its members representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Higher Education and Education, approved the decision following extensive studies.
The committee has submitted its recommendations based on field reports that clearly indicated an increase in the tuition fees in all countries where Saudi students study, including the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and a number of Asian countries. 
The committee found that $8,000 is not enough to cover study expenses, which made the Saudi cultural attachés in these countries at times extend compensations to students on scholarships via King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program while other government bodies bear the cost of scholarships' studies of students.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.