University council links enrolments to labour market needs

Seeking to double admissions to health, engineering, applied and business faculties, the Saudi Council of Universities’ Affairs is reconsidering the relationship between academic curricula and the labour market, writes Amr EL-Tohamy for Al-Fanar Media.

Recent decisions by the council include reducing student admissions by at least 50% in disciplines that do not match the kingdom’s labour market needs, and increasing admissions to applied colleges whose graduates are in demand.

The decision on programme enrolments will be in place for five years and subject to evaluation after three years by a committee chaired by the deputy minister of education for universities, research and innovation.
Full report on the Al-Fanar Media site