Dr. Rimah  Saleh Al-Yahya, deputy minister of private higher education

Dr. Rimah Saleh Al-Yahya
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Updated 13 January 2020

Dr. Rimah  Saleh Al-Yahya, deputy minister of private higher education

  • Dr. Rimah holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Princess Nourah University, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in the same field

Dr. Rimah Saleh Al-Yahya is the first female deputy minister of private higher education at the Saudi Ministry of Education.
An active researcher in the field of immigrant literature, her primary focus of interest is in developing higher education practices.
Al-Yahya served as the first female vice rector of Prince Sultan University and acting dean of the College of Humanities at the same university.
She was also a member of several academic committees and research groups, both local and regional, and held a number of academic and administrative positions between 2012 and 2019.
As the daughter of a diplomat, Al-Yahya was raised in the US and returned to Saudi Arabia after completing her basic education.
She began her career in academia as a lecturer in English literature, working at the College of Education, Prince Sultan University, and the Arab Open University before moving to Princess Nourah University in 2006 as chairwoman of the English and translation department.
She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Princess Nourah University, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in the same field.
In October 2016, Al-Yahya received the Middle East Education Leadership Award, offered by the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Due to her passion for social work, she earned the title of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Women’s Development in Saudi Arabia from the Multipurpose Inter-Parliamentary Union in June 2016.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.