Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has received requests from 14 governmental agencies that their employees be sent abroad for studies in different specialities.
The request is to include the employees as part of the third phase of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Foreign Scholarship Programs (Your Jobs and Your Scholarship), local media has reported.
Out of the applications for 479 various degree programs, medical degrees topped the list, followed by 213 master’s degree programs, 126 bachelor’s and 12 diploma programs.
According to the report, applications cover studies toward post-secondary diplomas, bachelor’s and postgraduate degree programs, as well as graduate and medical fellowships.
The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu led with applications for its employees to 89 programs, including 16 medical fellowship, 16 engineering and technical, and undergraduate programs in nine specialties including pharmacology, medical science and nursing. Applications to postgraduate programs included physics, chemistry, design and risk management.
The General Organization for Military Industries has forwarded requests for 83 degree programs, mostly in engineering, computer science, information security and new technologies at the level of postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate degrees.
According to the ministry, the ministries of health, communications, industry and trade, agriculture and social affairs applied for 121 degree programs, including 57 graduate-level. The Ministry of Health issued 64 applications for various specialties.
Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil recently announced the start of the third stage of the program, which includes a new mechanism to ensure availability of jobs for scholarship students directly after graduation.
The ministry has insisted that jobs are available for graduates upon completion of degrees.
Applications for master’s degree programs must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, while applicants for doctorate degree programs must have cumulative score of “very good” and above.
Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education Nasser Al-Fawzan said undergraduate studies have expanded more than ever before. Instead of limiting studies to medical science as per the previous two phases, he said the scope has been expanded to various engineering specialties in line with the Kingdom’s developmental needs.
© Arab News 2015