King Abdullah Bin Abdullaziz issued on Monday an approval for the extension of his scholarship program. It will now run for another 5 years, said the minister of higher education Khalid Al Angari.
Angari released a statement describing this move as “clear proof the kingdom is putting the education of the future generation as a priority.”
He also mentioned the kingdom is in need of young people able to study unique college majors in technology, engineering and social science in order to provide new opportunities for Saudis in these fields.
“The scholarship program comes as one of many plans to improve the outcome of the Saudi Arabian education system and we only had a 2 percent failure rate among all students we sent oversees in the past 8 years,” said the minister of higher education.
The King Abdullah Scholarship program started in 2006 and so far over 47,000 Saudi students have graduated from western universities due to this privilege.
There are over 180,000 thousand young Saudis studying oversees, over 60,000 of them in the United States.