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.


Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

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Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

  • Saudi Arabia and China signed economic cooperation agreements worth a total of $28 billion at a joint investment forum
  • The crown prince presided at a China-Saudi cooperation forum that concluded with 12 agreements on cooperation

RIYADH: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Friday during his visit to China.

Citing a 32 percent increase in bilateral trade last year, the crown prince added that high-level contacts were paying off in areas from commerce to security and defense.
"Saudi Arabia's relations with China can be traced back a very long time in the past," Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told President Xi Jinping at their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in the heart of the Chinese capital.

Meanwhile, the Chinese president stressed his country's keenness on joint efforts with Saudi Arabia to support strategic relations between the two countries. He added that there has been coordination with Saudi Arabia on international and regional issues in recent years. 

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The crown prince earlier Friday presided at a China-Saudi cooperation forum that concluded with 12 agreements on cooperation in fields ranging from petroleum and the chemical industry to investment, renewable energy and counter-terrorism. Saudi Arabia is one of China's top crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports.

Saudi Arabia and China also signed economic cooperation agreements worth a total of $28 billion at a joint investment forum. 35 agreements had been signed at the forum, held by Saudi Arabia’s investment agency SAGIA. Four licenses for Chinese companies were awarded at the forum.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also pledged Saudi Arabia's backing for China's gargantuan "belt and road" infrastructure project, saying he was willing to link it with the kingdom's Vision 2030 plans— a blueprint put forth by the crown prince to wean the kingdom off its reliance on oil, particularly as sustainable sources of energy become cheaper and more popular.
The Crown Prince's visit follows trips to India and Pakistan, which send millions of laborers to Saudi Arabia and are seeking closer economic ties.