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300 Saudi scholarship students graduate from New Zealand universities

Minister of Higher Education Khalid Al-Anqari attended the graduation of 300 Saudi students in Auckland

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Minister of Higher Education Khalid Al-Anqari attended the graduation of 300 Saudi students in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday.

They were among the third batch of students to graduate under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship program in New Zealand, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Addressing the graduates, Al-Anqari said: “Your country is proud of your accomplishments and is looking forward to your return. You are also looking forward to carry out your role with integrity and hard work and contribute to the march of development being led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.”

Six students, five males and one female, received PhDs while 25 male and 11 female students completed master’s programs. The rest, 235 male and 23 female students, obtained bachelor’s degrees.

Al-Anqari said the scholarship program that began in 2005 with a few thousand students now exceeds 150,000 male and female students in the best universities of the world.

He hoped that these graduates with distinctive specializations in a number of fields would meet the need for qualified cadres by the government and the private sector.

They will also contribute to the country's higher education programs by imparting excellent training to students in Saudi universities, he said.

The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Nabil Bin Mohammed Al Saleh, Consul General in New Zealand Ahmed Bin Nasser Al-Juhani, Cultural Attaché in New Zealand Dr. Sattam Bin Bakhit Al-Otaibi, a number of officials and parents.

This article was previously published in the Saudi Gazette.