Higher Education in Saudi Arabia

Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

  • Larry Smith
  • Abdulrahman Abouammoh

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Larry Smith, Abdulrahman Abouammoh
    Pages 1-12
  3. Einas S. Al-Eisa, Larry Smith
    Pages 27-35
  4. Eqbal Darandari, Anne Murphy
    Pages 61-71
  5. Saleh Al-Ghamdi, Malcolm Tight
    Pages 83-93
  6. Mohammad Al-Ohali, Jung Cheol Shin
    Pages 95-102
  7. Eqbal Darandari, Phil Cardew
    Pages 103-115
  8. Fatima B. Jamjoom, Philippa Kelly
    Pages 117-125
  9. Mohammad Yahya Al-Shehri, Steve Campbell, Mohd Zahedi Daud, Essam Hussain Mattar, M. Gary Sayed, Saeed Ali Abu-Eshy
    Pages 137-149
  10. Mohammad Al-Ohali, Steve Burdon
    Pages 159-166
  11. Larry Smith, Abdulrahman Abouammoh
    Pages 181-190
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book


This book provides the first academically rigorous description and critical analysis of the Higher Education system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and of the vision, strategies and policy imperatives for the future development of Saudi universities. The government of Saudi Arabia has recognized in both policy and practice the necessity of developing its university system to world-class standard. Significantly increasing access and participation in Higher Education across a range of traditional and non-traditional disciplines is directly relevant to the future social and economic growth of the country. This book addresses the way in which Saudi Arabia is moving to develop a quality university system that balances the need for students to gain the knowledge, skills and ‘ways of doing’ necessary to operate effectively on the world stage while simultaneously maintaining and demonstrating the fundamental values of the Islamic religion and culture. 

The book provides a description and critical analysis of the key components of the Saudi Higher Education system, and of system-level responses to the challenges and opportunities facing Saudi universities. It is written by a team of Saudi academics and authors of international standing from non-Saudi universities so as to provide both internal and external perspectives on all issues and to place information and ideas in the context of the international Higher Education scene.


Access and participation Higher education for women in Saudi Arabia Higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Islamic religion and culture Knowledge society Quality university system Saudi Arabia Higher Education Saudi Arabian Higher Education University System Saudi Higher Education System Saudi academics Saudi universities

Editors and affiliations

  • Larry Smith
    • 1
  • Abdulrahman Abouammoh
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Research and Studies (CHERS)Centre for Higher EducationRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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