7,375 postgraduates jobless

Updated 01 March 2015
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7,375 postgraduates jobless

A total of 7,375 Saudis holding doctorate, master’s and other postgraduate degrees are currently seeking jobs, according to data released by the Ministry of Civil Service recently.
According to the data, 494 are holders of advanced degrees in medical and health sciences, 254 in engineering, 431 in computers, 378 in natural sciences, 775 in humanities and social studies and 2,403 in administrative and financial sciences.
There were 21 in public services, 489 in forensic science, 1,383 in education, 263 in languages and literature, 22 in arts, 95 in media, 111 in agriculture, environment and meteorology, 11 in hospitality, 23 in professional crafts and eight in technical studies and research.
The ministry said it had employed 1,911 male and female employees in the health sector, while it sent 1,240 into retirement over the past financial year. It had also employed 1,257 as lecturers at universities despite the presence of 15,548 foreign professors.
Commenting on the issue, an official source said many applicants were working for private sector companies but wanted to improve their working conditions by joining certain government agencies. The ministry was doing its best to find work for these graduates in their chosen professions, the source said.
Overall, unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia remained unchanged at 5.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 5.70 percent in the third quarter of 2014.
Unemployment rate in the Kingdom averaged 5.51 percent from 1999 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 6.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a record low of 4.35 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999, according to data available with the Central Department of Statistics and Information.


Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.