Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

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This book provides the first academically rigorous description and critical analysis of the Higher Education system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and of the vision, strategies and policy imperatives for the future development of Saudi universities. The government of Saudi Arabia has recognized in both policy and practice the necessity of developing its university system to world-class standard. Significantly increasing access and participation in Higher Education across a range of traditional and ...

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Overview

This book provides the first academically rigorous description and critical analysis of the Higher Education system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and of the vision, strategies and policy imperatives for the future development of Saudi universities. The government of Saudi Arabia has recognized in both policy and practice the necessity of developing its university system to world-class standard. Significantly increasing access and participation in Higher Education across a range of traditional and non-traditional disciplines is directly relevant to the future social and economic growth of the country. This book addresses the way in which Saudi Arabia is moving to develop a quality university system that balances the need for students to gain the knowledge, skills and ‘ways of doing’ necessary to operate effectively on the world stage while simultaneously maintaining and demonstrating the fundamental values of the Islamic religion and culture.

The book provides a description and critical analysis of the key components of the Saudi Higher Education system, and of system-level responses to the challenges and opportunities facing Saudi universities. It is written by a team of Saudi academics and authors of international standing from non-Saudi universities so as to provide both internal and external perspectives on all issues and to place information and ideas in the context of the international Higher Education scene.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book on Saudi higher education analyses not only the achievements but also the problems and concerns in a rigorous yet constructive manner. I strongly recommend the book to all readers who have an interest in the future development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Khalid bin Mohammed Al Ankari, Minister of Higher Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789400763203
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Series: Higher Education Dynamics Series , #40
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith
Larry Smith

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City

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Table of Contents

Foreword.- 1. Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Reforms, Challenges and Priorities; Larry Smith and Abdulrahman Abouammoh.- 2. Dreams and Realities: The World-class Idea and Saudi Arabian Higher Education; Abdulhalem Mazi and Philip G. Altbach.- 3. Governance in Saudi Higher Education; Einas S. Al-Eisa and Larry Smith.- 4. The Learning Experiences of Saudi Arabian Higher Education Leadership: Characteristics for Global Success; Omar Al-Swailem and Geoffrey Elliott.- 5. Delivering High Quality Teaching and Learning for University Students in Saudi Arabia; Saleh A. Alnassar and Kwong Lee Dow.- 6. Assessment of Student Learning; Eqbal Darandari and Anne Murphy.- 7. The Role of Information Technology in Supporting Quality Teaching and Learning; Stephen Colbran and Nadia Al-Ghreimil.- 8. Selecting and Developing High Quality University Staff; Saleh Al-Ghamdi and Malcolm Tight.- 9. Knowledge-Based Innovation and Research Productivity in Saudi Arabia; Mohammad Alohali and Jung Cheol Shin.- 10. Accreditation and Quality Assurance; Eqbal Darandari and Phil Cardew.- 11. Higher Education for Women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Fatima B. Jamjoom and Philippa Kelly.- 12. Private Higher Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Reality – Challenges – Aspirations; Waleed Al-Dalee, Mohammed Fnais and Ian Newbould.- 13. The Development of Medical Education in Saudi Arabia; Mohammad Yahya AlShehri, Steve Campbell, Mohd Zahedi Daud, Essam HussainMattar, M. Gary Sayed, and Saeed Ali Abu-Eshy.- 14. Student Scholarships in Saudi Arabia: Implications and Opportunities for Overseas Engagement; Fawzy Bukhari and Brian Denman.- 15. International Collaboration; Mohammad Al-Ohali and Steve Burdon.- 16. Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Focus Group; Larry Smith and Abdulrahman Abouammoh.- 17. Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Conclusions; Larry Smith and Abdulrahman Abouammoh.- List of Contributors.- Index.

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