Kingdom, Russia set to promote strategic cooperation

Updated 05 October 2015

Kingdom, Russia set to promote strategic cooperation

JEDDAH: Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to discuss bilateral cooperation during their Joint Commission meeting scheduled for the end of October, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said in a statement on Friday.
Novak’s statement given to Russian reporters said both countries will discuss joint projects, and the development of trade and economic cooperation in all sectors, including energy.
Russian newspaper Sputnik in a report on Saturday quoted Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdul Rahman Al-Rassi as saying that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman plans to visit Russia “very soon” and that Riyadh is counting on the establishment of strategic cooperation with Moscow, including in the field of security.
Relationships between Riyadh and Moscow saw a significant recovery this year, culminating in a visit by Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman to Moscow, where he held talks with President Vladimir Putin.
It was previously announced on the sidelines of the visit that King Salman had earlier accepted an invitation from Putin to visit Russia.


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.