OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

OIC Information Director Maha Akeel
Updated 15 December 2016
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OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a conference of the information ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries in Jeddah Dec. 21-22. The ministers will discuss media strategy for the OIC to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia.
The director of the Information Department at OIC, Maha Akeel, said the ministers will discuss mechanisms to correct the image of Islam and Muslims in Europe and North America and implement a media strategy to counter Islamophobia.
She pointed out the strategy was reviewed during the meeting of member countries and relevant establishments affiliated with the organization in October.
She said the media strategy includes various programs and that social media is one of the most effective tools that can be used in this respect. It is effective in forming public opinion and has an active role in presenting a bright and positive image of Islam and member countries of the organization, while realizing the goals of Islamic unity.
Akeel said the ministers will discuss and approve a comprehensive media strategy for OIC countries until 2025. She added that media management experts held a workshop in November to draft a comprehensive media strategy for this.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.