Foreign universities to open branch campuses in Saudi Arabia

Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 30 October 2019

Foreign universities to open branch campuses in Saudi Arabia

  • The scheme will begin with three foreign universities, which have not yet been named

JEDDAH: Foreign universities can now open branch campuses in the Kingdom, the Saudi Cabinet said on Tuesday.
The decision will “achieve a qualitative leap in … empowerment, excellence and quality,” said Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh.
The move was widely welcomed on Tuesday, both by education experts and by students who could benefit.
“It will raise the standards of local universities. There will be much more competition, which is much needed,” education and entrepreneurship consultant Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj told Arab News.
“This competition will lead to an improvement in the quality of education. That is what all we want. It’s a very smart move.”
Abdan Alabdan, who has been on a government scholarship program for five years at York University in Canada, said: “It’s a positive and progressive step, and it will give a chance to those who can’t study abroad to study in such universities at home.”
Mishaal Al-Khudair, 28, who had planned to complete her higher education abroad, told Arab News: “They’re trying to give us opportunities to have a top-notch education without needing to leave the country.

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The scheme will begin with three foreign universities, which have not yet been named.

The decision will “achieve a qualitative leap in … empowerment, excellence and quality,” said Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh.

“It’s a good opportunity for those wanting to stay here while studying, whether to avoid expenses or to be close to their friends and family. Increasing the number of institutions that give high-quality education will have a monumental impact.
“Increasing the availability of good education in the Kingdom will produce a well-equipped generation to move us higher and higher.”
The scheme will begin with three foreign universities, which have not yet been named.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

Updated 10 min 22 sec ago

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.