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.


Saudi Arabia announces 34 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 06 June 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 34 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The health ministry said that 1,175 more people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 71,791 patients have recovered from the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 34 more deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 3,121 new cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 900 were recorded in Riyadh, 572 in Jeddah, 279 in Makkah, 170 in Madinah and 149 in Dammam.
The health ministry added that 1,175 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 71,791.
A total of 676 people have died of the disease in the Kingdom so far.
On Friday, the Kingdom announced a series of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jeddah after the city saw a spike in the number of infections.