Cultural scholarships on offer to Saudi students in an educational first

The program will be offered to students – undergraduate and postgraduate. (SPA)
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Updated 31 December 2019

Cultural scholarships on offer to Saudi students in an educational first

  • Applications can be submitted online via a special platform created by the Ministry of Culture

JEDDAH: Cultural scholarships to some of the world’s top universities are to be offered to Saudi students in an educational first for the Kingdom.

Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud announced the launch of the country’s first cultural scholarship program which will provide specialized learning opportunities for male and female students at prominent international institutions.

Archaeology, design, museums, music, theater, filmmaking, literature, visual and culinary arts, will be just some of the fields of study available at Ph.D., bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.

Prince Badr said that education was the main pillar on which the Kingdom’s cultural sector was being built, backed by the great support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi artist Rashed Al-Shashai welcomed the launch of the ministry’s scholarship program and its ongoing promotion of the arts and culture.

“Arts education is important; it will surely produce new talent and grow the arts sector significantly.

“Although many have had success after years of trial and error and without having an educational degree in the arts, through gaining experience and understanding, I believe graduates will return with an understanding of new concepts of contemporary art, as their education should open their horizons.

“We, in Saudi Arabia, need more art critics, more curators and individuals who will provide a better understanding on the culture of arts, with experience gained from abroad and applied organically here,” said Al-Shashai.

Rayan Alayesh, a culinary arts graduate from Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London, struggled to achieve his goal of becoming a chef in Saudi Arabia. However, the experience he gained from working with top chefs in the British capital provided him with the knowledge to return to the Kingdom and realize his ambition.

“The culinary degree is a key to entering the field, but the most important part of it all is the experience and training received afterwards from a reputable and accomplished chef to gain the right skill sets in order to translate theory into practice,” he said.

The developing Saudi movie industry also offers growing opportunities for talent through organizations such as the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation, which aims to promote film culture.

Applicants will be able to register online for the cultural scholarship program from Jan. 19, 2020.

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.


The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.