DiplomaticQuarter: Japanese Embassy in Riyadh offers scholarship to Arab students

Saudi Arabia and Japan have strengthened their partnership in the field of education. Photo courtesy: (Social media)
Updated 03 May 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Japanese Embassy in Riyadh offers scholarship to Arab students

  • In addition to Saudis, the embassy will also be accepting applications from Yemeni and Syrian nationals for research programs this year

RIYADH: The Japanese government is offering scholarships to Arab students in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria.

Applications have opened for the Japanese Government Scholarship Program for higher studies in Japan for 2019.

The Japanese Embassy in Riyadh said the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan will be offering scholarships to distinguished international students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

In addition to Saudis, the embassy will also be accepting applications from Yemeni and Syrian nationals for research programs this year.

Applicants from countries other than those three, Yemen and Syria should apply through the Japanese embassies in their respective home countries.

Three types of scholarship programs will be offered: Undergraduate studies, specialized training college studies, and postgraduate and research scholarships.

Detailed guidelines and application forms are available at the embassy’s homepage: http://www.ksa.emb-japan.go.jp/scholarships.htm.

The deadline for applications is June 14, 2018. 

Applicants will be selected based on their submitted documents, followed by a written examination and interview — either in English or Japanese — at the Japanese Embassy in Riyadh.

Under the banner of Japan-Saudi Vision 2030, both countries have strengthened their partnership in the field of education.

The Embassy of Japan expressed deep appreciation to former and current Saudi students in Japan who have contributed significantly to bilateral ties between the countries and cooperation in diverse fields.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.