BISJ students wow global universities

From left, Salma Islam, MIT; Hija Ali, Cambridge; Ian Williams, school director; Hafiz Mohammed Amri, Oxford; and Jad Abdel Jawad, Stanford and Harvard. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 01 May 2018

BISJ students wow global universities

Students of the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) have received university offers from some of the top universities around the world. 

The school, which celebrates 40 years this year, has grown from a small villa, with a few pupils to offering IGCSE at age 16 and now culminating in the International Baccalaureate exams. Over 60 nationalities now are registered for a British-style education, which prepares students for universities around the world.

“It is fitting in this 40th year that we are also celebrating university offers from some of the top universities around the world. These offers show that students who study at any school in the Kingdom should keep their sights on the best universities in the world. The Year 13 students are now on study leave preparing for the remainder of their IB exams which begin later this week,” a press release said.

The students that have studied art as one of their courses have already had their exhibition. 

The school caters for children from years Kindergarten to Year 13 and has in excess of 1,500 students. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and by the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Additionally, BISJ is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and is a center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIS).

The school has a purpose-built facility with over 100 dedicated classrooms, including swimming pools, an Astroturf pitch and a number of science and IT labs. The sports program is quite challenging and the standard outdoor education curriculum includes windsurfing, sailing and kayaking on the Red Sea.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.