Saudi Arabia has made noticeable achievements in its education and health sectors.
The Kingdom gives highest allocation in its annual budget to the education and training and its ongoing efforts to transform the country into a knowledge-based society have resulted in a tremendous rise in the number of institutions of higher studies focusing on science and research.
The number of universities and colleges has now reached 333. There are currently nine universities specializing in applied health sciences, engineering, computer technology and management studies. The Ministry of Higher Education in a recent report said that there are 25 universities in the public sector at present. The government has planned to build 8 new colleges, 465 new schools and to complete 1,544 existing school-construction projects with its current year’s budget allocation.
An amount of SR22 billion has been allocated for around 185,000 Saudi students studying abroad under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program.
In the health sector, there were significant achievements in building new hospitals and clinics.
The most significant achievement in this sector in 2013 was the government’s initiative to build the King Abdullah Medical City at a cost of $2.5 billion in the western region of Saudi Arabia