Saudi Health Program
The government of Saudi Arabia has chosen the University of Sydney to train the next generation of Saudi doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
The students are on full scholarships funded by the Saudi government and are expected to spend between five and seven years at the University of Sydney.
The Saudi Project has been underway since October 2005 when the first cohort of sixty students (fifty-four young men and six women), mostly just out of high school and strangers to each other until their departure for Australia, arrived in Sydney.
The second cohort of scholarship recipients came in November 2006.
The University’s Centre for English Teaching tests all students for English proficiency as well as arranging an orientation program and home stay accommodation for an initial six months.
The student study package is a “one-stop-shop” encompassing five stages:
Stage One – English language skills at the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney.
Stage Two – University of Sydney Foundation Program in Science / Health studies, as preparation for entry into undergraduate award (Bachelor) courses at the university. This program is conducted at Taylors College.
Stage Three – Undergraduate award courses in Health Sciences, Science, Medical Science and Pharmacy.
Stage Four – graduate entry degree study in the University’s medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing programs.
Stage Five – postgraduate award or research award programs including Diploma, Masters and Doctorate programs to students successfully completed the undergraduate or graduate programs in stage three and four.
The University of Sydney is now hosting 157 students at various stages of their health studies.
This challenging, innovative program is proving most successful and is expected to lead to other similar ventures in the University.