Saudi scholarship suspension “temporary”: DEEWR

Enrolments from Saudi Arabia – Australia’s tenth-biggest and second-fastest growing market for international students – appear unlikely to be permanently affected by the delisting of Australia as a destination for students who have won prestigious Saudi government scholarships.nglish.
DEEWR said the Saudi higher education ministry had guidelines to ensure Saudi students didn’t dominate individual English language classes. It said about 7000 of the Saudi enrolments in Australia late last year were in English language courses, which exceeded the guidelines.
“The suspension was temporary, and will be removed when current students graduate from English courses into academic programs,” a DEEWR spokesperson said. 
The spokesperson said decisions regarding destinations for this year’s phase of the scholarship program were expected in April.
The program has so far provided scholarships for around 50,000 students to study in over a dozen countries, including over 8200 students last year, according to the Arab News. It said destination universities were selected after careful study by the higher education ministry, and that subject areas were chosen on the basis of Saudi job market requirements.
Meanwhile, representatives of 18 Australian universities were in the kingdom last week to meet members of the ministry, visit Saudi universities and participate in an international higher education exhibition in Riyadh.

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