Uniform rules for GCCcitizens at universities

Updated 02 November 2015

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.”


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”