Saudi scholarship program aims to send 70,000 students abroad by 2030

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Human Capacity Development Program has announced details of the strategy for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program, which aspires to send 70,000 students abroad by 2030.

The press conference, held in Riyadh on Sunday by the HCDP – one of the programs to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030 – discussed the strategy, its pillars, objectives and expected results, and its role in improving the efficiency of human capital in new and promising sectors.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh said the scholarship strategy would start with an analysis of 90 scholarship programs around the world. The program would then send 70,000 students to 200 education and training organizations around the world through 2030.

The strategy includes four pathways, and each of these pathways has clear and specific objectives: the Pioneer pathway, the Research and Development pathway, the Supplier pathway and the Promising pathway.

“The Pioneers course aims to send students to the world’s top 30 educational institutions in all fields, according to internationally accredited university rankings, enabling Saudi scholarship students to succeed and compete globally. in all areas,” Al-Sheikh said.

Human Resources and Social Development Minister Ahmed Al-Rajhi said the supplier pathway would focus on the supply and demand side of labor market needs, and announced that the number of Saudis working in the sector private had reached more than two million.

“The goal of the program is to improve labor market efficiency, and the provider pathway aims to meet labor market needs in certain sectors, which are regularly updated through scholarships in the top 200 colleges to ensure the job market has the skills it needs,” he said.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Abdullah Al-Sawaha spoke about the research and development path, considered one of the most crucial paths. This supports the research and innovation system which focuses on sending graduate students to the best institutes and universities in the world, obtaining the qualification and empowerment of future graduate scientists.

Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Alkhorayef spoke about the promising path, which aims to send students to promising sectors and fields.

“The promising path will guide students by training them in the best international programs in countries like South Korea, Japan and Germany to provide the sectors with globally qualified human capacities in promising sectors, such as the industry sector, the tourism sector and other sectors,” he said.

Alkhorayef said this scholarship program has three objectives.

First, the program aims to fill gaps in human capital, development and education.

The second objective is to integrate work with the broader economic development system in all sectors such as the tourism industry to ensure that sector strategies will be served by providing the appropriate human cadres.

Third, the Kingdom aims to broaden the economic base and large investments, and one of the most important factors in attracting investment will be the presence of human capabilities.

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Ryan H. Bowman