Six facts about education in Saudi Arabia


Six facts about education in Saudi Arabia

  • 27 November 2016
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1. In 2013 Saudi Arabia celebrated its achievement in reducing the level of illiteracy from 60% in 1972, down to 4% by 2012.
2. By 2013, there was a significant expansion in higher education, with enrolment figures reaching 76.6% comparable to other countries in the developed world. There are currently 34 Government and private universities. There are currently nearly 2,000,000 male and female students in higher education.
3. Saudi Arabia has devoted over seven billion Saudi Riyals to its overseas scholarship program. There are currently over 200,000 Saudi students, male and female, studying at foreign higher education institutes in a wide variety of specializations.
4. Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in terms of e-learning and distance learning with 36 ladies’ colleges making use of these modes of learning which had provided a much needed solution for many female learners.
5. Saudi women make up 57% of the student body currently in higher education institutes within the Kingdom, according to a study carried out by Harvard University and the University of California. Saudi Arabia ranks 25th in the world in terms of the ration between male and female students in higher education.
6. A 2013 study carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education indicated that of the Saudi students on overseas scholarships, women made up 46.6% of those studying towards a Master’s Degree, and 39.9% of those studying towards a PhD.

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