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The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Sep 16-18, 2013, bringing together officials, business people, educators and specialists highlighting the U.S.-Saudi trade relationship and how ...

The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Sep 16-18, 2013, bringing together officials, business people, educators and specialists highlighting the U.S.-Saudi trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia's expansion.

Saudi Arabia is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom. Massive public investment, rapid private-sector growth and new sector initiatives are driving an expansion projected to offer more than $1 trillion in trade and investment opportunities over the next decade.

This panel of distinguished experts highlighted higher education and creating the workforce for the future.

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    USSaudiForum - Panel 5 - Dr. Samar Al-Saggaf - Creating the Workforce of the Future USSaudiForum - Panel 5 - Dr. Samar Al-Saggaf - Creating the Workforce of the Future Presentation Transcript

    • U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum Higher Education: Creating the Workforce for the Future Dr. Samar Alsaggaf Director Department of Medical and Health Science Programs The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Washington, D.C. U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum
    • Investing in Medical Education in SA The annual budget for 2013 is considered the highest, 19% higher than the budget for 2012. The 2013 allocation for education has risen by 21%. The budget for healthcare has increased to 15.45% since 2012. Source: Bloomberg
    • How does this reflect positive change? • Well developed human resources. • A higher budget for education. • Improved infrastructure. • Well-established health and social services. • More scholars abroad. • Higher income. • Economic stability.
    • Why Medical Education? • 50% of the Saudi population is below 25 years of age. • Increased number of medical facilities • The need for well trained physicians/paramedical employees. • The need for more universities/medical colleges in the fields of allied health sciences.
    • The need for more professionals
    • The need for more professionals
    • Education % 25 of annual income spent on education and vocational training. In 77 years: 31, 798 schools 128 colleges 68 Technical Education Institutions 24 universities 5,106,000 students Raised the literacy rate from 10 % to over 82 %
    • Goals of King Abdullah Program Knowledge Understanding Development Culture Experience
    • We have You have
    • STATISTICS U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum
    • 603 621 621721 453 867 USMLE Dental & ESL Medical Pharmacy &ESL Nursing& ESL Health Allied & ESL Students’ Distribution The Medical Department 2013 Total of 3884
    • ECFMG Certificates issued in 2011 Country Country of Medical School Country of Citizenship Saudi Arabia* 149 153 Egypt 217 206 Iraq 145 147 Lebanon 155 147 Syria 138 145 *compared to its population, Saudi Arabia leads in the golf area by the number of certified students and one of the top compared to the Arab Countries.
    • Total Number of Accepted MD Students 2008-2013
    • The Tranistion Number of Affiliations 0 50 100 150 200 250 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013
    • 2011 to 2013 Acceptance By Degree Level 2011 2012 2013 Residency 90 70 95 Research 40 60 71 Fellowship 23 43 45 Total 153 173 211
    • RESIDENTS, FELLOWS, RESEARCHERS 2007-2013
    • Top 10 Specialties - Residency acceptance 2013
    • Top 10 schools – Residency acceptance 2013
    • How much do we invest on our students? • A lot of hard work, advising and support. • Annual cost for medical students is $80M a year. • Average cost of medical student is $700,000. • Annual cost for dental students is $50M a year. *not to include pharmacy, nursing and health allied.
    • Where We Presently Are
    • What it took • Negotiation • Collaboration • Building bridges • Mutual understanding • Mutual goals • More than 100 trips across the United States. • More than 200 conference calls.
    • Our Work: Feedback We asked a group of program directors about our affiliations and students. The responses were as follows:
    • EDUCATION TRAINED PHYSICANS CULTURAL EXCHANGE PARTNERSHIPS STUDENTS EXCHANGE COLLABORATION SUCCESS EXPERIENCE PATIENT REFERAL AFFILIATIONS
    • Coming soon… U.S. Saudi Medical Forum (in 2014).
    • Opening Doors (Thanks to our partners)