Saudi Gazette report

DAMMAM — The Ministry of Education may limit external scholarship opportunities to the fields of medicine and engineering, Al-Sharq Arabic daily reported on Wednesday.

The Education Ministry is studying the Ministry of Labor’s report that there is a huge requirement for Saudi doctors and engineers and that there is a surplus of workers in other fields, a source told the newspaper.

“The Ministry of Education has an annual budget of SR22 billion for external scholarships for Saudi students studying abroad.

By focusing on the needs of the job market as recommended by the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Education will save SR10 billion,” said the source.

The source also said if the Ministry of Education decides to limit the majors of study for those wishing to study abroad, it will begin implementing the decision by the next academic year.

“Those who are already enrolled in the scholarship program and those who are already studying abroad will not be affected.

The ministry will implement its decision with regard to new applicants,” said the source.

Earlier this month, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued orders to include in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Foreign Scholarship even those male and female Saudi students studying at present in the US at their own expense.

In June, the Ministry of Education announced the launch of the third phase of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Foreign Scholarship Program.

Under a new mechanism called “Your job and your scholarship,” all scholarship students will be guaranteed jobs on their graduation.