Education

Saudi Students at Tennessee Tech: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Bell
08/03/2012

Saudi Students at Tennessee Tech: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Bell

For the duration of this week, SUSRIS has been pleased to present several articles and personal interviews reflecting the King Abdullah Scholarship Program and the Saudi educational youth stride, beginning with the July 30 article, King Abdullah Scholarship Program: The Saudi Arabian Educational Youth Stride. Today we conclude our “Education Week” with a conversation between former SUSRIS Intern Zeyad Al Shammari and former Tennessee Technological University President Dr. Robert Bell.

King Abdullah Scholarship Students Recognized – Fatany
08/02/2012

King Abdullah Scholarship Students Recognized – Fatany

Through Samar’s exploration of these distinguished Saudi students in America, she finds it apparent that the American higher education system has not only enhanced the academic performance and potential for Saudi job market contribution, but a better understanding of differing cultures. She notes the stride of the youth to become educated and cultured is not the final step in reforming the educational systems in the Kingdom, but that the final steps need to be made in opening job opportunities public and private sectors which will allow students to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in society.

A New Vision of America: A Conversation with Mashhour Alqahtani
08/01/2012

A New Vision of America: A Conversation with Mashhour Alqahtani

Before his arrival in the United States, Mashhour Z. Alqahtani experienced higher education in a very different fashion. Having already earned a degree from Riyadh’s College of Telecom and Information, Mashhour sought a to earn a second degree. This time, however, he was to achieve it abroad in America under the fellowship of the King Abdullah Scholarship program. Leaving behind a family of four brothers and five sisters in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Mashhour arrived in America in January 2008. Mashhour’s vision of America had been provided by Hollywood, generating the Manhattan-esqe image that the country in its entirety was comprised of skyscrapers, busy traffic, and bustling streets. However, he was surprised to find the big screen’s stereotypes of America didn’t quite correspond to Cookeville, Tennessee, the small town home to Tennessee Technological University where Mashhour was to study Electrical Engineering.

Zeyad Al-Shammari interviewing Tennessee Tech University President Robert Bell while an undergraduate student.
07/31/2012

Student Ambassador Building Bridges: A Conversation with Zeyad Al-Shammari

Zeyad Al-Shammari came to the United States with reasonable expectations for the international education experience that was ahead of him even though his conception of America was based solely on media depictions and word-of-mouth insights. Although members of his family were wary of him studying abroad in the United States they were a source of support for him when he was accepted to the King Abdullah Scholarship Program and moved to the United States.. ..Without it he might not have ever found his calling to build bridges between Saudis and Americans on cultural, social, political, and economic fronts.

King Abdullah
07/30/2012

King Abdullah Scholarship Program: The Saudi Arabian Educational Youth Stride

“For them to know the world and for the world to know them,” said King Abdullah in a 2005 address to the media regarding the scholarship program that would bear his name. It enables Saudi Arabian students to pursue their higher education goals and meet national labor needs while gaining global experience and understanding of other cultures. Since its launch the program has grown to serve over 130,000 students in 46 countries across the globe, over 20 percent of which are women.

US Ambassador Salutes King Abdullah Scholarship Program
06/24/2012

US Ambassador Salutes King Abdullah Scholarship Program

The US ambassador to Saudi Arabia has said in remarks on the King Abdullah Scholarship Program that his country is proud to be helping King Abdullah succeed in implementing his vision that will also help create the kind of interconnected and tolerant world President Obama called for in his Cairo speech almost three years ago.