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 health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.