The Ministry of education

(Organizer of the Conference and Exhibition)

The Ministry of Education is the governmental body responsible for education in the Kingdom at all stages, from kindergarten to university education. The Ministry was founded in 1373 AH (1953 CE) under the name of the Ministry of Knowledge, and the name was later changed in 1423 (2002 CE) to the Ministry of Education. After that, a Royal Decree was issued in 1436 (2014 CE) to merge the Ministry of Education with the Ministry of Higher Education into one Ministry: The Ministry of Education.

The Kingdom’s education is a state-of-the-art system, including government and private education. Under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, it aims to prepare a generation invested with national values, possessing skills and competences for the future, and capable of competing globally. The Kingdom has made extensive reforms to the education system over the past two years, targeting the development of curricula and, study plans, secondary tracks, the adoption of the trimester system, and the professional development of teachers, with a continuing focus on learning outcomes at all levels. Alongside this, the Kingdom’s leadership is strongly committed to achieving the fourth goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Education, which is to ensure quality, equitable and inclusive education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities.

Education with its investment in human capital, is one of the top priorities of the Government of Saudi Arabia today, particularly in view of the tremendous developments that the Kingdom is witnessing in various sectors. The changes that are occurring require the development of the scientific capabilities of the national workforce to promote sustainability and the continuity of the process of development and growth.

The Ministry of Education has spared no effort in fostering a knowledge based community from several angles, such as supporting general education and university institutions, encouraging investment, promoting academic cooperation, building partnerships, and bridging communication with the largest educational institutions around the world.

2020 – 2021 Education Achievements

1. UNESCO has selected the “Madrasati” platform from among the top four global models in distance education.
2. The construction of the permanent headquarters of the Satellite Broadcasting School (SBS) with 24 satellite educational channels, including three channels for private education, which is an unprecedented record globally.
3. The development of a high standard international based curriculum, including 34 new curricula, the development of 89 existing approaches, and nearly 120 thousand modifications to the content of the curriculum.
4. The implementation of new study plans covering three semesters.
5. The adoption of secondary school tracks and start of implementation to the joint first year secondary grade.
6. The Kingdom has achieved improvements in the 2019 “TIMSS” International Tests in all indicators compared to the results of 2015.
7. The support given to continuing education and adult education, which has reduced illiteracy by 3.7%.
8. The increase in talented classes of up to 998 for boys and girls.
9. 125 students won medals at the International Olympics.
10. The development of special education tools and curricula, and the operation of new centers in five major cities.
11. The launching of the “Rawdati” platform, which has increased the rate of enrolment in kindergartens and primary classes by 49.2%.
12. Raising the assigning female teachers to teach boys in the early childhood grade by 37.2%.
13. The increase of the participation of the private sector in higher education by 17.2%.
14. Correcting the status of 902 projects and dispensing with 671 rented buildings over the past two years.
15. Taking over of 232 new buildings with a capacity of 119,000 students.
16. The development of the electronic services system in the Ministry and its electronic portal.
17. Job placement of more than 520,000 educational incumbents on the list of educational jobs.
18. The equipment of 30,000 buses and school vehicles to transport 1.2 million students across 21,000 schools.
19. The Kingdom was ranked the first on the Arab countries level, the 12th on the G20 level,
and the 14th on the international level for Covid-19 researches.
20. The registration and granting of 143 international and domestic patents to employees of Saudi Public Universities in 2020.
21. The transformation of 50 community colleges into applied colleges to meet the needs of the labor market.
22. 14 Saudi universities ranked among the best universities in the QS World university rankings for 2021.
23. 10 Saudi universities are among the best universities in the world according to the Times rankings for the year 2021
24. Six Saudi universities ranked among the best universities in the world in the 2021 Shanghai Ranking
25. Launching the Excellence Pathway for Scholarships in 32 new disciplines in 70 international universities from the world’s best outstanding educational institutions.
26. New systems, legislation and governance have been developed, including a new university system; the preparation of the Saudi unified classification of educational levels and disciplines; the modernization of certificate equivalency; the modification of the end-of-service bonus for the staffs of the faculties; the development of a Governance Manual for social network accounts; the development of procedural evidence, and the development of an outreach strategy for the Ministry.

General Education

• The number of students in general education reached 6.325.716 students, 49.4% of them female, and 85% Saudi.
• The number of educational leaders and teachers reached 587.230, with 52.9% of them female.
• The number of schools reached 22.986, with 57.2% of girl schools representing 80.9% of all public schools.
• The Kingdom has 47 education departments and 283 education offices.

Higher Education

• (1.383,882) students are enrolled in public and private universities and related institutions; Saudi students represent 95.1%.
• The number of faculty members in universities and private colleges is (75.807).
• 27 public universities, 36 private universities and private colleges, and 25 institutes are geographically distributed across different regions of the Kingdom.
• More than 53,000 Saudi students are completing scholarships in 57 countries, under the supervision of 31 cultural missions around the world.
• 20,676 foreign students from 163 countries are registered in Saudi universities under Saudi scholarships.
• 41 cooperation agreements and 7 executive programs have been signed in the fields of higher education and scientific research, with several neighboring and friendly countries.