Education & Training Opportunities in Saudi Arabia

An Expert's View about Business Training in Saudi Arabia

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

It is vital for Saudi Arabia to attract substantial amounts of private (i.e. largely foreign) investment and new technology to meet rapid demand and growth in the Education sector.

Sector briefing Education & Training Opportunities in Saudi Arabia Why Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia is approximately the size of Western Europe and is one of the world?s 25 largest economies located at a strategic geological position between Europe and Asia. Though historically recognised as a key player in the global economy for its oil exports, Saudi Arabia is moving towards becoming less dependent on oil revenues. The Kingdom?s 2010 budget, set at US$ 144 billion, is the second record budget in successive years. Most of the budget is to be spent in support of infrastructure and social development, with 25% going to education, training and manpower. Despite this budget ?It is vital for Saudi Arabia to figure, it is vital for Saudi Arabia to attract substan attract substantial amounts tial amounts of private (i.e. largely foreign) investment and new technology to of private (i.e. largely meet rapid demand and growth. foreign) investment and new Find general information on Saudi Arabian technology to meet rapid market conditions on UKTI?s website. The demand and growth in the Doing Business Guide for Saudi Arabia gives an overview of Saudi Arabia?s econ Education sector.? omy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia Opportunities Saud the challenges posed in the Saudi education i Arabia?s allocation of more than US$ 36 b and training sector. This period of change in illion to the education sector indicates the Saudi Arabia offers significant opportunities to importance given to improving education in the K continue to develop partnerships between the ingdom. The budget will contribute to programmes aimed at two countries. Saudi Arabia is at a turning reforming the current education point in opening the doors for foreign system, building 1200 new schools and investments in education as a way of continuing with the construction of 3112 schoo improving the quality, enhancing the standards ls, universities, funding overseas degree and and accountability of its education institutions. training programmes for Saudi students. Recen The key drivers for these educational t years have also seen a greater emphasis on significant business opportunities are: educating Saudi women. A prime example of this can be seen in the construction of Princess Noura ? A growing population of 25 million Bint Abdulrahman University for girls in R (increasing at around 3% per annum); This iyadh which, when completed, will be the world?s high population growth is placing pressure largest centre of higher learning for Arab women. on educational services and as such is Ano providing unprecedented opportunities for ther key milestone for education in Saudi Arabia was UK companies to do business in all aspects the inauguration of King Abdullah Un of education, including school equipment, iversity for Science & Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah ICT, further education, and vocational and , which is the country?s first co- educational business training university and hosts one of the mos ? Plans to re-equip all schools in step with t progressive research facilities in the Midd the curriculum reforms being implemented, le East. (TATWEER) to put a greater emphasis on Saud ICT, science and languages. i Arabia?s primary focus with regards to ? Plan to train Saudi teachers to be licensed the education sector is to educate young Saud ICT teachers. is to fill jobs, which are currently being he ? Approval for the implementation of English ld by expatriates. They aim to do so by curricula in Saudi private schools importing foreign education expertise to the K ? New vocational training institutes to be ingdom, as well as sending Saudi students abroad established in partnership with the private for higher education. sector. There ? The need for vocational training such as is also a strong focus on making Saudi Arabia a hub Hospitality & Tourism, Security, Financial of research and innovation, which services?etc is exemplified by the large research facilities be ? The need for more schools, universities and ing constructed in the Economic Cities, as we colleges to accommodate the growing ll as projects such as Riyadh and Dhahran Techno population. Valley. ? Implementing the new system of e- Due learning as part of the development to the large projects planned for the near strategy to promote e-learning and distance future and the abundance of funds geared learning towards the education sector, there are numerous ? English Language training programmes business opportunities available in Opportunities for UK universities to the Kingdom. collaborate with local institutes to conduct Saud research in the fields of life sciences and i Arabia and its neighbouring countries see technology. the UK as a credible and proven partner in the educational ? UK school suppliers also have a potential and vocational training sector. However market in Saudi Arabia; but the price is , New Zealand, Australia and France are critical. seen as main competitors. ? The number of Saudi graduate and post- The graduate students at universities in the UK UK?s long familiarity with the region and its unde has increased ten-fold since 2001, but the rstanding of the culture is a real asset. British organisations and compan sector needs to continue to work hard to ies have unr maintain this trend. ivalled experience and expertise in many of the issues now facing Saudi Arabia, particularly UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia ? There are opportunities for MBA providers. Most Saudis presently travel to Bahrain to study the International MBA program. ? On average 25,000 Saudis study English in the UK annually (spending more than £25 million), and the numbers are increasing each year. In summary, The Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has stated that the education sector is a zone for investors in every educational sphere, where there is a definite and significant need to improve the human performance of individuals by the proper provision of world-class high-quality education and training programmes. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia Major events and activities Find full details of all events in this UKTI-supported country and sector on the UKTI website. international buyers to Wor New export events are added daily to the site ld of Learning Conference & Exhibit and you can register to be alerted to them on a ion, Birmingham 28-29 daily, weekly or monthly basis September 2010 Ema il: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme Internationa (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small l and Private Schools Educat & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend ion Forum, London 25-26 October 2010 trade shows overseas. Find out more about www.ipse UKTI support for attendance at overseas f.net Contact: Mark Roe events lofsen Email: mark@methodinternational.com UKTI Networking Lounge at Building Future Education MENA, Abu Dhabi 21-22 November 2010 www.buildingschools.co.uk Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UKTI-supported international buyers to BETT 2011, London 12-15 January 2011 www.bettshow.com Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UKTI-supported group at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi 15-20 March 2011 www.adbookfair.com Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UKTI-supported international buyers to The Education Show, Birmingham 17-19 March 2011 www.education-show.com Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UKTI-supported group at Gulf Educational Supplies Show (GESS), Dubai 29-31 March 2011 www.gesseducation.com Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia UKTI contacts Mumtaz Abdulla Senior Trade & Investment Officer British Trade Office, Al Khobar Tel: +966 (0) 3 882 5300 ext. 2004 Email: mumtaz.abdulla@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Tim Dearden Head of UK Trade & Investment British Embassy Riyadh Tel: +966 (0) 1 488 0077 ext. 2206 Email: tim.dearden@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in Saudi Arabia are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in Saudi Arabia planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Saudi Arabia, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in Saudi Arabia to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Saudi Arabia
Posted: 21 September 2010