Saudi ministry sends 211 students abroad on cultural scholarships this year


Riyadh The Ministry of Culture on Sunday announced its decision to grant scholarships to the seventh batch of students under the ministry’s cultural scholarship program.

With the seventh class, the number of students who would become beneficiaries of the ministry’s scholarship program in the current year reached 211 students. The majority of these students are girls, numbering 133, while the male students represent 78. Among these students, 123 students will continue their studies in license while 83 students in master and five in doctorate.

These students will continue their studies in majors such as food science and technology, theater, music, heritage and archeology, fashion design, libraries and museums, film, visual arts, literature and linguistics, architecture, culinary arts and design.

The Ministry of Culture launched this unique scholarship program in December 2019 with the aim of training national cultural cadres specialized in various creative cultural fields in the most prestigious universities, institutes and academies in the world. The scholarship allows them to qualify to meet the growing needs of the labor market and to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in various cultural fields.

Newly selected students will be enrolled in the most prestigious international educational institutions such as the Academy of Culinary Arts; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Culinary Institute of America; London University of the Arts (UAL); Pratt Institute; Manchester School of Architecture; Virginia Commonwealth University; The Australian National University; Indiana University in Bloomington; University of Edinburgh and University of Durham.

More than half of these scholarship students, 115 in number, will enroll in universities and institutes in the United States of America. The United States will be followed by the United Kingdom with 56 students; Switzerland 20 students; and Australia 10 students. Two students will each join universities and institutes in Egypt and France while one student will continue their studies in Italy, Singapore and South Korea.

This brings the total number of students who have joined the ministry’s scholarship program to 683 since its launch in 2019. Among them are 443 female students and 240 male students. Of the total number of students, 384 students are studying for a bachelor’s degree, while 291 are studying for a master’s degree and eight for a doctorate. Among these students, 277 students are in the United States of America, and the United Kingdom comes after the United States with 290 students, and the United Kingdom is followed by Switzerland with 57 students, Australia 31, Egypt 9, France and Italy six each, the Netherlands 3 and two in South Korea.

The cultural scholarship program is the first of its kind in the history of the Kingdom in terms of the comprehensiveness and diversity of its specializations in the cultural and artistic fields, in addition to the multiple advantages it provides to scholarship recipients.

The state covers all study costs, financial guarantees, living expenses for scholarship students and their companions, health care and travel tickets, as well as follow-up orientation programs of the scholarship and the evaluation of their academic development.

The program focuses on creative specializations within the 16 cultural sectors, offering multiple benefits to students. Through this program, the ministry aims to develop national cultural and artistic skills to align with labor market priorities.

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