Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Reforms, Challenges and Priorities

  • Larry SmithEmail author
  • Abdulrahman Abouammoh
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 40)


This chapter provides the context for this book. It provides an overview of the higher education system and the HE reform agenda and introduces the key issues addressed by chapter authors. Issues relating to the quality of and access to data are also discussed.


High Education Saudi Arabia High Education System High Education Sector Reform Agenda 
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  1. Abdul Ghafour, P. K. (2007, April 17). Education system undergoing major overhaul. Arab News. Accessed 20 Dec 2011.
  2. Central Department of Statistics and Information, Ministry of Economy and Planning. (2011). Higher education statistics. Accessed 14 Mar 2011.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education Management and PolicyUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Higher Education Research and Studies (CHERS)Saudi Ministry of Higher EducationRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of StatisticsKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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