Saudi Arabia looks to ‘human capital’ for growth

More than 450 experts from the commission, Ministry of Education and Saudi universities are taking part in the forum. (SPA)
Updated 26 April 2019

Saudi Arabia looks to ‘human capital’ for growth

  • This vision pushes Saudi citizens to be the engine of economic, social and cultural development, Al-Mashari says

RIYADH: Improved education standards have a key role to play in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mashari, chairman of the Education Evaluation Commission, told a major forum in Riyadh.
“This vision pushes Saudi citizens to be the engine of economic, social and cultural development,” he said.
Al-Mashari was speaking at the National Criteria for Public Education Launching forum organized by the Education and Training Evaluation Commission.
“Saudi human capital is the most important factor in the transition from a natural resources-dependent economy to a knowledge economy which depends on the ingenuity and strengths of its people,” he added.
More than 450 experts from the commission, Ministry of Education and Saudi universities are taking part in the forum.
Participants will focus on education curriculum criteria that build career skills as well as establishing Islamic values and national identity.
The forum highlighted the considerable efforts made in developing these standards and the importance of the public education national criteria in setting out clear and measurable objectives in all stages of general education for schools, teachers and students, making them more familiar with the results that they should strive to achieve.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”