Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel A. Al-Jubeir inaugurated the new offices of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) in Washington yesterday. The ambassador also toured the new facilities during his visit.
SACM has expanded in order to accommodate the growing number of Saudi students in the United States. In 2001, there were an estimated 3,000 Saudis studying in the US on government scholarships; today there are over 13,000. About 20 percent of the students are women, a number is expected to increase to 25 percent.
Founded by the Saudi government in 1951, SACM administers programs and policies and provides support for Saudis students in the United States. It also serves as an intermediary between US educational institutions and Saudi Arabia in the areas of culture, education and science. While SACM is part of the Saudi Embassy in Washington, it is responsible to the Ministry of Higher Education.