Saudi foundation unveils third program to support gifted students in the Kingdom

Talented and creative students will benefit from academic and professional training under the Mawhiba3 plan. Photo courtesy: (Social media)
Updated 13 July 2018
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Saudi foundation unveils third program to support gifted students in the Kingdom

  • “Mawhiba3” is part of a strategy to support a creative society by fostering a critical mass of gifted and talented young leaders
  • Mawhiba will also focus on investing in its talented and creative students through academic and professional guidance

A five-year program to support gifted and creative students is going to be launched in 2019 by King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba).

“Mawhiba3” is part of a strategy to support a creative society by fostering a critical mass of gifted and talented young leaders who are innovative, highly educated and well-trained to support sustained growth and prosperity in the Kingdom.

According to a press release issued by Mawhiba, the plan will be launched in 2019 and will run until 2023. It aims “to achieve excellence in its offering to gifted and talented students, as well as empowering them to leverage national human capacities to the maximum,” said the statement.

Mawhiba also endeavors to enable educational institutions to actively participate in fostering gifted and creative people, in accordance with the best international practices.

Mawhiba Secretary-General Saud Al-Mathami said while the first two initiatives laid the foundations, “the third plan will focus more on excellence, empowerment in services, and investing in Mawhiba’s outputs, so as to achieve Vision 2030, in line with its various programs.

“Mawhiba will also focus on investing in its talented and creative students through academic and professional guidance, by linking them to the labor market and employers. It will also invest in the national database of talented and gifted people to ensure the fullest support and the optimal use of the talents that have been nurtured over several years,” according to the  Mawhiba secretary general.

He added that the project will strengthen its international presence in conferences and events and promote international partnerships with leading organizations in this field worldwide.

He said: “Mawhiba strives to support the long-term vision of talent and creativity in Saudi Arabia and is a key participant in the current institutional system fostering gifted education in the Kingdom.”

Al-Mathami continued: “By focusing on discovering and caring for gifted students, Mawhiba provides services to meet the cognitive, psychological and social needs of high-potential students.”

Mawhiba’s strategic plan was drawn up after examining best practice internationally as well as through assessing the educational needs of gifted people in Saudi Arabia, Al-Mathami noted.


King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

Updated 19 September 2018
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King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

He then met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who congratulated him on his election as prime minister.

"They reviewed the historical relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to enhance them," SPA said.

 

In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan performed Umrah in Makkah.

He then held a series of meetings, including with the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.

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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.