Saudi Arabia announces education overhaul

King Abdullah approves redevelopment of several colleges in the Gulf kingdom

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Saudi will be home to at least two new educational institutions with King Abdullah approving the redevelopment of several colleges, including the creation of new faculties for Shariah and law and arts and sciences.

Higher Education Minister Khaled Al Anqari was quoting by the Arab News as saying that the royal approvals covered the restructuring of several colleges, including the college of public health and health information and college of nursing at Umm Al Qura University, college of arts and designs for girls and college of home economics at King Abdulaziz University.

A college of Shariah and law at Dammam University and a college of arts and sciences under King Khaled University in Rijal Al Mae, will be established, it was reported.

The Higher Education Council, chaired by King Abdullah, also approved the establishment of new departments at several universities, the Minister said.

As well, it endorsed agreements signed by Saudi universities with their foreign counterparts and the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment.

“The council also agreed to extend the services of 36 members of teaching staff at different universities and to set up a higher education fund,” Al Anqari said.

Meanwhile, Al Anqari said his ministry has embarked on a new era of quality, productivity and efficiency.

“Our priority is to raise citizens who are patriotic and who can differentiate between truth and falsities,” he reportedly told a seminar on the National Strategy for Protection of Fairness and Combating Corruption in Riyadh.

He said the ministry had made greater efforts to promote fairness and transparency.

“The Saudi leadership gives officials full freedom to work and encourage them to be responsible individuals,” he said.

He noted the remarkable progress achieved by the Kingdom’s higher education sector, with the number of public universities now numbering 25 and private universities 10.

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