New powers for universities to improve education outcomes

Saudi universities will now have powers to decide on the type and number of courses offered, and to introduce new assessment criteria, aimed at improving their competitiveness and preparing graduates for the labour market, reports Arab News.

These changes are part of new regulations issued recently by the Council of University Affairs, under the auspices of Minister of Education Dr Hamad Al-Sheikh. They will come into effect in the 2022-23 academic year.

Universities will now be given the authority to decide on specialisations and integration of courses and programmes. The regulations would also ensure universities can offer diploma courses for students in the subjects they choose, if they do not qualify for degree courses.
Full report on the Arab News site