Kingdom offers academic refuge to Syrian students

A special programme has been launched to enrol students from Syria at Saudi universities as a humanitarian gesture, reports Arab News. Official approval has been granted to Syrian students who cannot continue university education due to the worsening situation in their country.

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Programme has been set up to enrol Syrian students at Saudi universities in view of the tragic state of the country,” a source said. A special committee for student grants set up by the Council of Ministers will determine the regulations enrolling Syrian students, including females, a local daily reported last Monday.

The proposal to set up the committee was put forward by the Higher Education Ministry to benefit Syrians who have sought shelter in the kingdom. “The period of enrolment in any of the 25 universities in the kingdom will be for one academic year but could be extended,” the source said, adding that the ministry made the suggestion following requests from members of the Union of Free Syrian Students.
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