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Monday, May 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia approves $21 bln five-year education plan -SPA

Reuters – Staff Writer

“King Abdullah has approved a five-year plan worth more than 80 billion riyals ($21.33 billion) to develop Saudi Arabia’s education sector, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.”(more)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Saudi Girls are More Likely to Study Science Than American Girls. Here’s Why.

PolicyMic – Lauren Maffeo

“Saudi Arabia has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to women’s rights…But…Saudi Arabian women are more interested in pursuing careers in engineering than their western counterparts…why do so many young women in the Gulf want to be engineers?”(more)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wider world opened to Saudis studying abroad

Reuters – Angus McDowall

“A few years ago she would have worried about the disapproving reaction of friends and parents to the notion of a young woman working in an office without family supervision, but a stint at a UK university has propelled her to seek a career. “Now lots of girls go abroad to study and broaden their horizons. There’s been a big change in attitudes among my girlfriends over about the last three years,” said Mazyad, 27, from Medina, clutching a flamingo-pink handbag stuffed with job fliers.”(more)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Special report: In Saudi Arabia, a clamor for education

Reuters – Ulf Laessing and Asma Alsharif

“Saeed wants to study physics but worries that his state high school is failing him. He says the curriculum is outdated, and teachers simply repeat what is written in text books without adding anything of practical value or discussions. . . . ‘The subjects available are not enough to carry us to the career or specialization that is needed for the job,’ he complains.”(more)