Graduates angry over apparent university nepotism

Saudi graduates struggling to find jobs are reportedly growing frustrated with the increasing number of relatives and family members of university presidents and officials granted roles at the institutions, reports Gulf Business.

Saudi Gazette cited documents from one university showing at least eight relatives of the president holding academic roles. Two of the president’s sons are assistant lecturers in the business college and one of his daughters works in the college of applied sciences, according to the publication. Other roles given to family members included another son serving as an assistant lecturer at the computer science college and two daughters of his brother who are lecturers. The name of the university was not disclosed.

“We don’t have to dwell deep in our research to find family connections in academic appointments at Saudi universities. However, we raise the question whether family relations had any role in those placements, without considering academic qualifications,” a source told the publication.
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