Saudi Arabia

Foreign Universities Can Now Open Branches in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will allow foreign universities to set up their branches in the kingdom under a new law, the Minister for Higher Education Hamad Bin Mohammad Al-Shaikh said.

“The new system will allow foreign universities to open branches in accordance with specific regulations to boost competitiveness and raise the efficiency of the university education,” SPA cited al-Shaikh as saying.

The move, which the minister called a “qualitative leap,” will ensure that the universities set to open branches in the Kingdom will remain in line with the general policies of the state, but still maintain their independence.

Each university will have a board of trustees, as well as international consultative councils to help them make decisions in regards to policies and curriculums, al-Shaikh said.

The decision was well-received by students in the Kingdom.


Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.