Uniform rules for GCCcitizens at universities

Updated 02 November 2015
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Uniform rules for GCCcitizens at universities

RIYADH: Rectors of higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council recently discussed the possibility of allowing GCC citizens to study at universities of member states with the terms of admission and privileges same as their nationals.
The event was attended by GCC Secretary-General Abdulatif Al-Zayani and top educational personalities from GCC member states.
They also explored ways of improving the Arabic content in the face of the growing technological advancement in all fields of education.
The need for enriching the Arabic terminology figured prominently at the 21st meeting of the GCC higher education institutions at the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMISU), which was inaugurated by Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Dakhil said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is committed to support joint action among GCC states for higher education. This could be done by creating an environment conducive to research and development at the pan-Gulf level.
“Education is the cornerstone of development, a real investment in the Gulf in building human capital," he observed, pointing out that universities are incubators of ideas which lead to growth and development of our country."
Describing it as a timely event for the GCC countries, the minister called on the committee members to work out on a mechanism for promoting interaction among these institutions in the region for the benefit of the Gulf economy.
IMSIU acting Rector Fawzan bin Abdulrahman Al-Fawzan said:
"We discussed fair treatment of the GCC students wishing to pursue higher studies in any GCC member university in the admission process, whether in training programs or in the field of community participation in higher education institutions."
He added: “We also tackled how to exchange of information databases and take advantage of the available potential.”


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

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Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

  • Professor Diaa Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day
  • She also highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain

RIYADH: Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday hosted Dr. Diaa Al-Kaabi, who gave a lecture on the role of culture in Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The academic, who is a professor at the University of Bahrain, highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain. She named Muqbel Al-Zukair, and the families of Al-Gosaibi, Al-Bassam, Al-Ajaji, Al-Mashari and others, as pioneers.
She also mentioned the cultural agreement that was signed in 1974 between the Kingdom and Bahrain as the first such agreement signed between the two Gulf states.
Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day. She highlighted major trends in Bahrain’s cultural industry, and the role of societies, theaters and universities, as well as state institutions, in promoting the nation’s culture to an international audience.
She addressed the beginnings of the cultural movement under Sheikh Issa bin Ali, which she considered as the founding of the country’s cultural consciousness. 
It heralded the age of enlightenment in Bahrain, which was part of the modern Arab Renaissance starting from the early nineteenth century, she said.
Al-Kaabi concluded her lecture by stressing that culture, if nurtured, could be a pillar of economic development as it provided many job opportunities and its revenues were high. 
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the fair, which runs until March 23.
A Bahraini pavilion will host 13 cultural events including poetry nights, seminars and children’s programs over the course of the fair. In total, more than 900 global publishing houses are set to participate, with 500,000 books and publications on display, and up to a million visitors expected to attend.