The Ministry of Higher Education has decided to stop recruitment of foreign lecturers in specializations such as the Arabic language and Shariah as part of its efforts to provide employment opportunities to local talent.
Higher Education officials have also reached an agreement with the Ministry of Labor to limit the number of visas it would apply for to hire teaching staff from abroad, a source said.
“The decision to stop recruiting foreigners for the two faculties is the first step toward minimizing foreign academics at university faculties,” the source said.
“The ministry is also preparing a list of faculties in which foreign recruitment would not be required at all or for which minimal recruitment would be made,” he added.
Minister of Higher Education Khaled Al-Anqari has urged all higher education institutions to benefit from graduates of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Scholarship Program after they complete their postgraduate or research degrees from prestigious universities around the world.
“Such talent is available in abundance, and if they lack anything, it will be experience in the field, which can be quickly remedied,” he said.
There has been increasing demand lately for employing locally qualified teachers instead of foreigners in higher education. While distinguished Saudi graduates are often offered jobs in countries where they carry out research in rare specializations, the Kingdom has to depend on foreign hands in similar specializations.