According to what some newspapers reported more than a month ago, the private education department at the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia was reviewing several requests from foreign and Arab universities for licenses to set up branches in Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Higher Education has held meetings between its own advisers and advisers at Saudi universities to prepare a special register of foreign universities and a list of regulations for foreign investment. The Ministry requires that the foreign universities that have submitted requests be in the top 100 universities worldwide and that faculty members meet the criteria to teach at the parent university. The same curriculum of the parent university will be taught at the Saudi branch, with the addition of materials about Islamic culture and the Arabic language. Internal regulations must abide by the customs and traditions of the Islamic religion and not contradict any regulations in place in Saudi Arabia. Male students and female students must be segregated.
A lot of Saudis have sent their children, especially their daughters, to study in foreign universities in the neighboring Gulf countriesMaha Akeel