Saudi scholarship students arrive in Malta

Updated 25 October 2014

Saudi scholarship students arrive in Malta

The first group of young Saudi students has arrived in Malta to study under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP), said Maltese Ambassador Martin Valentino.
“They are the first group of Saudi students in our country and will study at the University of Malta. They will join some 2,000 other foreign students, mostly Europeans, currently studying in Malta,” he told Arab News on Thursday.
He added that the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Malta, a premier educational institution, had previously been discussing the arrangements.
“These students will be staying in Malta during the duration of their courses and for this reason, they will learn much about the country, which only has a population of 425,000,” he said.
He added that they could take up different courses, like information and communication technology (IT), engineering, architecture and the arts.
“Some of them could later on pursue a postgraduate course on maritime legal issues at the International Maritime Law Institute,” he said.
He added that the students would learn about Maltese culture and tourist attractions, such as museums.
“They are expected to talk about these elements if and when they come back to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“It would be good if we have 20 more students next year and another 25 the year after.”
“The University of Malta and other educational institutions have high standards. The University of Malta is about 100 years old. He added that Saudi students would feel at home in Malta since there are Muslims among its citizens.
“There are mosques where the students can pray,” he said.
Malta is a southern European country comprising an archipelago of seven islands in the Mediterranean Sea.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah