Who goes where and why:a focus on the Saudieducational marketA/Prof. Dr. Derar Bal’awi2 November 20125:45pm
CONTENTSI Trends of HEII MENA marketsIII KSA MarketIV KASPV Saudi students enrollment trend
Trends shaping highereducation1. Shifts in demography and macro-economics:- Rising numbers of young people.- gains to inco...
Trends shaping highereducation.. Cont’d2. Rapid technological advances:- Both teaching staff and students are becomingbett...
Trends shaping highereducation.. Cont’d3. An increasingly globalised knowledgeeconomy- trans-national education programmes...
MENA Markets The region’s rapidly growing population and significant oilrevenues has offered a captive market for the edu...
KSA Market The population of KSA is expected to be at around27 million in 2012-end. 79 percent of the Saudi population u...
KSA Market In 1950s, Saudi Arabia had a literacy ratebelow 5%. Today, the percentage of literateSaudis has reached 79%, O...
History of ScholarshipPrograms in KSA The first scholarship program started in 1927 underKing Abdulaziz Al-Saud, where 14...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP) Launched on May 25, 2005 to achieve a number of objectives like:- To offer qualif...
Main Elements of the Saudi InternationalScholarship ProgramsKing AbdullahScholarship ProgramAcademic ProgramsPostgraduate ...
 Bachelor’s:Academic Selection Criteria ScoreSecondary School Grade above 90%General Aptitude Test 80%Achievement Test 80...
Announcement• Beginning of registration forKASP announced throughmajor local media outletsand through the Ministry’swebsit...
• In addition to the MOHE supervised scholarships, the Technical and VocationalTraining Corporation (TVTC) administers KAS...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)Fields of Study/Training: Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Nursing Other Medical/He...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP) At present, the undergraduate fields ofstudy are limited to medicine, medicalscie...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.Bachelor62%Masters29%PhD7%Fellowship2%Bachel...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.Medical15%IT14%Engineering10%Business26%Othe...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.US30%UK15%Canada11%AUS8%Egypt6%Others30%USUK...
King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.MoHE67%Chaperon9%Civil servants11%Self-funde...
Saudi Students in the USABetween 2002 and 2009
Breaking News:KASP8.. Just released…! 9244 sponsored students:- 803 Bachelor- 6840 Masters- 991 Medical fellowships- 610 ...
Saudi application andenrollment trends Total WES credential evaluations for Saudi applicants grew 394%between June 2007 a...
Fields of Study (January2008 - June 2011): Two-thirds (66%) of Saudi applicants forWES evaluations have already completed...
Fields of Study (January2008 - June 2011): The top three fields of study among Saudi studentsin US higher education insti...
Choosing the US: Academic Excellence Variety of Educational Opportunities Cutting-Edge Technology Security Campus Lif...
Conclusion The government of Saudi Arabia hasinvested around $5.3 billion for theirstudents studying in the U.S.; A subs...
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Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
Who goes where and why: a focus on the Saudi educational market
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In order to learn more about the trends shaping higher education in the Middle East and North Africa ICEF Monitor caught up with Dr Derar Bal'awi, Regional Director for the MENA Region at International Group for Educational Consultancy (IGEC) based in Saudi Arabia.

In our exclusive video interview we discuss the popular KASP scholarship programme, as well as the KASPTT, which focuses on the vocational sector. In addition, Dr Bal'awi shares his insights on the Arab Spring's impact on student mobility, as well as the importance of online learning in the Middle East and North Africa.

Please read our accompanying article ''Trends shaping higher education in the Middle East and North Africa'' and watch our video interview here: http://bit.ly/1sYun7S

For more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

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  1. 1. Who goes where and why:a focus on the Saudieducational marketA/Prof. Dr. Derar Bal’awi2 November 20125:45pm
  2. 2. CONTENTSI Trends of HEII MENA marketsIII KSA MarketIV KASPV Saudi students enrollment trend
  3. 3. Trends shaping highereducation1. Shifts in demography and macro-economics:- Rising numbers of young people.- gains to incomes, future opportunities and status;employers need a skilled and innovativeworkforce able to compete on a global stage; andGovernments see the benefits to the economy,political stability and wider social returns.
  4. 4. Trends shaping highereducation.. Cont’d2. Rapid technological advances:- Both teaching staff and students are becomingbetter connected than ever before, making bothlearning and researching an increasingly socialenterprise, taking place far beyond traditionallecture halls and labs.- Linked data about research, learning resources, thecurriculum taught, assessment, achievement andperformance.
  5. 5. Trends shaping highereducation.. Cont’d3. An increasingly globalised knowledgeeconomy- trans-national education programmes andpartnerships, with institutions reaching out to eachother on a variety of fronts, from simple exchangeprogrammes to complex multi-institution courses thatinclude terms on different continents.
  6. 6. MENA Markets The region’s rapidly growing population and significant oilrevenues has offered a captive market for the educationalindustry. According to the US-based Population ReferenceBureau, population in the MENA region is expected to skyrocketby over 62 per cent from 432 million in 2007 to 700 million by2050, even exceeding Europe’s population in that year. The region will continue to post double-digit average growth ofaround 5% annually in the next five years. Institutions must be patient: unlike the West, the Middle Eastdoes not have a longstanding capitalist culture, so business setuptime can be a lot longer than would be expected in the West.
  7. 7. KSA Market The population of KSA is expected to be at around27 million in 2012-end. 79 percent of the Saudi population under the age of40, and 36 percent of the population younger than15 years of age. during 1993-2008, the number of high schoolgraduates in the Kingdom increased by 443%. Around 320,000 students in 25 Saudi universitieswere accepted in 2011/2012; an increase of 10%compared to the number of seats available in theyear before.
  8. 8. KSA Market In 1950s, Saudi Arabia had a literacy ratebelow 5%. Today, the percentage of literateSaudis has reached 79%, One-third haveuniversity degrees. KSA ranked 93rd out of 129 countries inUNESCOS 2008 quality of education index. To be eligible for a scholarship programme,students must have top grades andgenerally study in a field targeted by thegovernment—such as business, engineeringor medicine.
  9. 9. History of ScholarshipPrograms in KSA The first scholarship program started in 1927 underKing Abdulaziz Al-Saud, where 14 students were sentto Egypt.The second stage started in 1947. It was oriented toboth the Arab and Islamic countries as well as Europeand the U.S.
  10. 10. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP) Launched on May 25, 2005 to achieve a number of objectives like:- To offer qualified Saudis the opportunity to study in the bestuniversities around the world.- To produce a high level of academic and professional standards- To exchange scientific, educational and cultural experience withcountries worldwide- To create qualified and professional Saudi human resources Non-official sources have confirmed that KASP will run until 2020; howeverofficially it will end in 2015. The Saudi government invests more than 9 billion SAR (approximately 1.782billion EUR) on the Program. In relation to population, KSA has the highest percentage of sponsored students.
  11. 11. Main Elements of the Saudi InternationalScholarship ProgramsKing AbdullahScholarship ProgramAcademic ProgramsPostgraduate Medical - Bachelor’sEducational Program - Master’s- DoctoralScholarship Program forPreparing TechnicalTrainers5Main Elements of the Saudi international ScholarshipPrograms
  12. 12.  Bachelor’s:Academic Selection Criteria ScoreSecondary School Grade above 90%General Aptitude Test 80%Achievement Test 80%Associate Degrees Minimum GPA of 4.5 out of 5.00(2 year post-secondary diplomas) Master’s & PhD:Academic Selection Criteria Degree ScoreOverall GPA:Master’s3.75 out of 5.00PhDoverall evaluation of ‘VeryGood’ (or equivalent)10Academic Programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD)
  13. 13. Announcement• Beginning of registration forKASP announced throughmajor local media outletsand through the Ministry’swebsiteCompletion ofFormalities andDeparture• Scholarship awarded• DepartureApplications• Scholarship Application submittedvia a link on the Ministry’swebsite dedicated to this effectScholarship StudentsForum• An annual forum -comprising lectures andsymposia providinginformation on thedesignated countriesScreening and Interviews• Merit-based screening ofapplications by a scholarshipprogram committee• InterviewsNomination• Listing all successful candidatesthrough major local media outletsand through the Ministry’swebsite• Transfer of electronic files of allnominees to the Saudi ArabianCultural Missions in the countriesdesignatedNomination Process
  14. 14. • In addition to the MOHE supervised scholarships, the Technical and VocationalTraining Corporation (TVTC) administers KASPTT.• The program targets graduates from Colleges of Technology and Higher TechnicalInstitutions.• The fields of study/training are:• Mechanics• Electrical Technology• Computer Technology• Civil and Architectural Technology• Chemical Technology• Environmental Technology• Management Technology• Food Technology• Travel & Tourism Technology• Ornaments/Jewellery design and manufactureSource: Website of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation: www.tvtc.gov.sa12King Abdullah Scholarship Program for Technical Trainers (KASPTT)
  15. 15. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)Fields of Study/Training: Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Nursing Other Medical/Health Sciences Engineering (recently in KASP8, Maritime transportation,marine Engineering, hydrography) Computer Science The Natural Sciences Other Disciplines: law, accounting, e-commerce, finance,insurance and marketing
  16. 16. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP) At present, the undergraduate fields ofstudy are limited to medicine, medicalscience, health sciences, basic sciences, andmaritime engineering. 70.3% of students are studying commerce,business administration, engineering,information technology, medical servicesand medicine in six countries including theUnited States, Britain, Canada, Australia,Egypt and Jordan.
  17. 17. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.Bachelor62%Masters29%PhD7%Fellowship2%BachelorMastersPhDFellowship
  18. 18. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.Medical15%IT14%Engineering10%Business26%Others35%MedicalITEngineeringBusinessOthers
  19. 19. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.US30%UK15%Canada11%AUS8%Egypt6%Others30%USUKCanadaAUSEgyptOthers
  20. 20. King Abdullah ScholarshipProgram (KASP)130,397 Saudi students studying abroad.MoHE67%Chaperon9%Civil servants11%Self-funded13%MoHEChaperonCivil servantsSelf-funded
  21. 21. Saudi Students in the USABetween 2002 and 2009
  22. 22. Breaking News:KASP8.. Just released…! 9244 sponsored students:- 803 Bachelor- 6840 Masters- 991 Medical fellowships- 610 PhD 75% sponsored to the US. 57.6% are females
  23. 23. Saudi application andenrollment trends Total WES credential evaluations for Saudi applicants grew 394%between June 2007 and June 2011, with yearly increase of 59%(08/09), 88% (09/10), and 66% (10/11). The 88% spike in 2009-10 WES applications was mirrored a yearlater by the surge in overall enrollments shown in the 2010-11 IIEdata. In academic year 2010-11, enrollments at U.S. institutions of highereducation grew 44% versus a three-year average of 26% growthbetween 2007 and 2010. According to the 2011 IIE report, just 20% of Saudi students arestudying at the graduate level versus 48% at the undergraduatelevel, with a further 30% studying English or ‘other.’
  24. 24. Fields of Study (January2008 - June 2011): Two-thirds (66%) of Saudi applicants forWES evaluations have already completed abachelor degree. However, most are not applying for master’slevel courses (20%) – most are studying atthe undergraduate level (48%) or ESL/other(30%). The main study backgrounds of Saudistudents are Health Sciences (21%),Business Marketing & Finance (20%). andComputer Sciences (14%).
  25. 25. Fields of Study (January2008 - June 2011): The top three fields of study among Saudi studentsin US higher education institutions in 2010/11 were:Intensive English, Engineering, and Business andManagement. Demographically, men made up 70% of Saudiapplicants in 2011, but women had grown from25% of the applicant pool in 2008 to 30% in 2011.Half (50%) of Saudi applicants were between theages of 25 and 28.
  26. 26. Choosing the US: Academic Excellence Variety of Educational Opportunities Cutting-Edge Technology Security Campus Life Experience Funded students Strong ties with KSA
  27. 27. Conclusion The government of Saudi Arabia hasinvested around $5.3 billion for theirstudents studying in the U.S.; A substantial portion of this investment hasbeen directed to the King AbdullahScholarship Program, whereby highlyqualified Saudi student are funded tocontinue their higher education in leadinguniversities around the world; Providing solutions to the Saudi educationalmarket is the key.
  28. 28. Thank you!

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