Professional courses

Saudi Arabia to double admissions for major vocational courses

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh – The University Affairs Council of Saudi Arabia has decided to double admissions for major professional courses such as medical, engineering, technical, applied, as well as business administration in various university faculties in the Kingdom .

The board also decided to halve admissions for majors that are not compatible with job market requirements. These were among a series of decisions taken by the council meeting, chaired by Education Minister Dr Hamad Al-Sheikh.

The board has decided to double the number of admissions available in 2020 to specialty colleges for career streams related to health, engineering, technical, applied science and business administration based on the capacity of these colleges. This aims to improve the results of the educational process and helps to meet the needs of the labor market.

The board’s decisions also included a reduction in admissions of no less than 50% to majors that are not compatible with labor market requirements, with an increase in the accommodation of male and female students in quality colleges. The decision will be implemented for a period of five years and its application will be evaluated after three years. The monitoring committee, chaired by the vice-president of the council for research and innovation, will monitor the implementation of the decision.

The council meeting also decided to expand the universities by applying professional certificates for all disciplines to raise the skill level of male and female university students. In a way, it is about preparing them for the job market in a professional, more effective and efficient way, and raising the level of competitiveness of students locally and globally. Each university will add vocational and vocational certificate indices to the university’s annual report.

The council also instructed universities to take a number of actions. These include assessing the employment percentage of their graduates for each major; percentage of part-time and full-time graduate employment; the percentage of graduates who were employed in their field of study; and the inclusion of the average basic and total monthly salary of working graduates in the semi-annual report, which is published on the university’s website. The indices will highlight the importance of competition between universities to harmonize their academic programs with the requirements and needs of the local and international labor market.

With these decisions, the council aims to enable universities to keep pace with future aspirations as well as meet national requirements, further increasing the efficiency of outcomes and performance of the Kingdom’s university education system and in line with the best international standards. practices pursued by universities.