SAUDIA ARABIA: Plans to overhaul education

Saudi Arabia is undertaking massive initiatives to overhaul its education system, following the announcement of its historic 2010 education budget of SR137 billion (US$36.5 billion) earlier this year, reports Trade Arabia.

The programme to revamp the existing academic structure is part of a 25-year strategy to develop the higher education system in Saudi Arabia, to support its burgeoning development and job market requirements, said ASF Karim, CEO of Edutech, a leading educational solutions and services provider.

"Saudi Arabia's considerable education budget this year provides a significant boost to the Kingdom's regional academic standing and will benefit teachers and students alike in the short term and the state in general amidst this continuous movement towards further growth," Karim noted. Saudi is among countries in the region shelling out considerable percentages of their annual budgets towards achieving qualitative improvements to educational infrastructure in the recent years.
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