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September 7th, 2009

SAUDI ARABIA: 25-year plan for higher education

Abstract:
To promote a knowledge-based economy and move from oil to a worldwide centre for high-technology research, Saudi Arabia has announced a research initiative called 'Aafaq' or Horizons. The 25-year plan is intended to improve higher education opportunities for women, boost scientific research and tackle the country's shortage of scientists in critical fields.

At present, Saudi engineering graduates meet only a fifth of the country's needs and 68% of science jobs are filled by graduates from abroad. Saudi Arabia has a workforce shortage in many areas of science and technology, such as health, agriculture, engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology.

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