Saudi embassy organizes student exhibition, graduation ceremony
July 5, 2009
Saudi Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari opened in Washington, D.C. on Friday a Cultural Exhibition organized by the Saudi Embassy in the United States. The event highlighted the activities of Saudi students on scholarship at American universities and institutes. Dr. Al-Anqari was accompanied to the exhibition by Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel A. Al-Jubeir and Saudi Cultural Attaché Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa.
The following day, the Minister of Higher Education attended a ceremony for 1,072 graduating Saudi students, all of whom are participants in the Program of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for Foreign Scholarships. The event, organized by the Saudi Embassy’s Cultural Department, was also attended by Ambassador Al-Jubeir.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Al-Anqari noted that during the year 1430H (2009) more than 60,000 Saudi students were studying abroad on scholarships. A total of 18,700 of those students were pursuing their educations in the U.S., including 4,200 female students. Before the inception of King Abdullah’s program four years ago, Dr. Al-Anqari added, the number of Saudi students studying abroad on scholarship was only 5,000.
After the public remarks were completed, Dr. Al-Anqari and Ambassador Al-Jubeir laid the foundation stone for the new headquarters of the Cultural Department in Washington.