(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi students will have the opportunity to meet representatives of British universities at the four-day International Higher Education Exhibition and Conference that begins in Riyadh today.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Mahmoud Mouselli, assistant director of projects at the British Council, said that a record number of 75 British universities are participating in the exhibition; they include the University of Cambridge, University College London and Imperial College.
"Such widespread participation indicates the keen interest British universities and educational institutions have in the developments and achievements experienced by the vast sector of higher education in Saudi Arabia," he said.
Mouselli praised the Ministry of Higher Education's central role in organizing the event and also its facilitating procedures for the participation of British universities and inviting them to Saudi Arabia.
Adrian Chadwick, director of the British Council and cultural attach at the British Embassy, said that the participation of so many British universities in the exhibition was a boost for cultural relations and educational exchanges between the two kingdoms. British universities are actively seeking the cooperation of all parties in higher education.
Gasim Bakry, manager of Higher Educational Projects, said that the British Council will arrange individual meetings during the exhibition for academics in Saudi universities to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the areas of academic and scientific research and exchange of experts, visits and graduate programs in common with their counterparts from British universities.