Saudi Arabian students celebrate graduation success
Over 300 Saudi students graduating from various universities in Victoria in 2017 got together with their families and friends to celebrate the success of their hard work in a ceremony organised by the Saudi Students Association in Victoria and hosted by the Global Engagement office of Monash University. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr. Meshal Hamdan Alrogi the Saudi Chargé d’Affaires in Australia and New Zealand, and Dr. Hesham Khadawardi the Saudi Cultural Attaché to Australia. Mr. Sultan Alhayyani, President of the Saudi Students Association in Victoria stated, “Attending a graduation ceremony in the presence of the Ambassador and Cultural Attaché has a special meaning to the graduates. The event also provides a platform for the new graduates in the same field, but from different universities, to network and seek collaboration opportunities”.
With nearly sixty percent of the population being under 30 years old, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considers its youthful demographics as the real wealth of the country and the architects of its future in its socio-economic development strategy called Vision 2030. National leaders are increasing investment in education and training to equip a young generation for the professions of the future. For this purpose, the plan is to steer “scholarship opportunities towards prestigious international universities". At the ceremony, Dr Nizar Farjou, Associate Vice President for Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia (MENACA) and Director of MENACA Engagement for Global Engagement said, “We at Monash University acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made to achieve Saudi Abrabia’s Vison 2030 and the National Transformation Program which sets out an ambitious road map for education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.
Monash’s educational and research partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started some fifteen years ago and has deepened over the years. As one of the leading universities in Australia and ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, Monash has played host to the highest number of Saudi students over the past five years amongst the Group of Eight Universities. In 2017 alone, there were 189 Saudi students studying at Monash University at all study levels and in various disciplines. “I wish the graduates well in their future endeavours. We look forward to further deepening our relationships with Saudi Arabia and fostering long term networks with our alumni, government and industry colleagues to support the life-long learning journey the students are embarking upon. They will be an asset to their country and their local communities”, said Professor Abid Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement), Monash University.
For enquiries regarding Monash’s engagement with Saudi Arabia, contact Dr. Nizar Farjou at Nizar.Farjou@monash.edu