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Sydney courts Saudi students



18 April 2013

University of Sydney alumna Raja Alsaffar attending the 2013 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
University of Sydney alumna Raja Alsaffar attending the 2013 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A group of Sydney academics from health sciences, engineering and business are attending the 2013 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The 2013 Conference is focused on the social responsibility of universities, with keynote addresses from the President of National University Seoul, South Korea, and the President of SABIC, a Saudi-based company that is one of the world's largest petrochemical manufacturers.

The exhibition is Saudi Arabia's main education recruitment event. In 2012, 80,000 visitors attended each of the four days of the exhibition.

This year 481 exhibitors are taking part including 31 Australian universities and English language providers. More than 90 US institutions are attending, with 80 from the UK and 22 from Japan. Other exhibitors are from Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, Canada and other Middle East countries.

University of Sydney representatives will give presentations on health sciences and business for students interested in studying at Sydney and will also visit Riyadh-based international schools. Meetings with hospitals and universities are also planned.

Saudi Minister of Higher Education Dr Khalid Al Ankary recently confirmed that the Saudi government's main scholarship program, the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP), will run for a third five-year phase from 2014. The first two phases of the program provided scholarships for 47,000 students. After Malaysia, Saudi Arabia is the largest sponsored student market at the University of Sydney.

Former KASP student Raja Alsaffar, who is assisting at the exhibition, said studying at Sydney was an opportunity to develop new skills and form new friendships.

"Helping out at the University of Sydney stand allows me to provide direct information to potential students about the great opportunities at Sydney," she said.


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