71,773 foreign students studying in Saudi Arabia

Updated 08 July 2016
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71,773 foreign students studying in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: According to a report on the US News Education website, there are 71,773 international students studying in the Kingdom’s universities, a local publication reported.
As the largest Arab country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia places great emphasis on education with the existence of more than 25 public universities and 65 private colleges, as well as many technical colleges.
The website specializes in education and health news. It reported that Saudi Arabia places great emphasis on the study of science and technology which attracts many international students to seek education in the country.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there were 71,773 international students studying in the Kingdom during the 2012-2013 academic year, the majority of them from Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan.
The report of US News Education website said Saudi Arabia invests significantly in education by allocating about 23 percent of its overall spending to the sector.
The report said there are three key facts concerning education in the Kingdom that all international students should know about. The first is that Saudi universities use the English language in its disciplines.

The second is that Saudi universities provide for special scholarships to encourage international students, males and females, and some universities such as King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, to support students throughout their studies, covering the tuition and providing an allowance of $20,000 to $30,000 annually.
Abdulmonem Al-Hayani, dean of student affairs at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, said the credit-hour system at the university is nearly the same as at American universities but with a little different structure in the programs and the teaching strategies.
“For example most US doctoral programs require passing a comprehensive exam before moving to the thesis, which is not the case in most doctorate programs at KAU,” he explained.
Al-Hayani added that KAU has off-campus housing that accommodates 3,500 male students.
“The housing is about five minutes away and students can transport by the free university shuttle bus service. The housing is the same for Saudi students and international ones, and students can choose their roommates freely,” he said.
As for housing the female students, he said there is on campus accommodations which can accommodate 1,500 female students. “The premises include access to a gym, swimming pool and spa, as well as a central restaurant and mini-market,” he added.
“The accommodation is fully furnished and provided to all Arab students in the scholarship program for free,” says Al-Hayani. “There are all facilities to support students and make their experience great.”


Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

Events are planned across the country to accompany the Souq Okaz festival. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

  • Makkah will host a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs
  • Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events

JEDDAH: Events accompanying Souq Okaz that promote the market and invite people to visit its cultural and heritage activities will kick off on Wednesday, under the patronage of King Salman. The Souq is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and will run June 27 to July 13.

Makkah will host the event of “The Historical Convoys of Thi Al-Mejna and Thi Al-Mijaz Souqs,” a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs. These convoys show the method traders adopted to beat travel exhaustion and entertain themselves as they would sing about Souq Okaz and invite people to visit it.

Madinah will host the event “Let’s go to Souq Okaz,” which will encourage people to attend the cultural and heritage events. This event includes activities such as folk shows and interactive, innovative and heritage competitions.

Jeddah will host several cultural seminars focusing on the history of the souq as well as poetry readings and a theatrical show that represents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz.

Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events.

Taif will host “Souq Okaz for Performance Arts,” an event that includes heritage and cultural performance activities that reflect the souq’s identity in Al-Hada, Shifa and Ar-Rudaf Park. 

The events accompanying the souq this year will be launched on Friday in Al-Baha and many archaeological sites in the provinces of Al-Mikhwat, Al-Qura and Al-Mandaq.

The events include the camel convoy, horse shows, traditional folk and dancing shows, artifacts, Saudi traditional dishes and the introduction of some popular traditional and historical souqs in the regions.