Minister of Higher Education attends graduation of 3,000 students in U.S.

June 20, 2011

Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al- Anqari patronized a graduation ceremony in Maryland on Saturday for 3,000 students studying in the U.S. under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Program for Foreign Scholarship. The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir and Saudi Cultural Attaché to the United States Dr. Mohammed Al-Eissa.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Al-Anqari noted, “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Program for Foreign Scholarship began with 5,000 students and reached a total of over 120,000 students so far worldwide.”

In a speech via video circuit, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom James Smith congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on the graduation of the Saudi students, noting that the graduates are among more than 43,500 Saudi students now studying in the United States. An additional 5,000 students will participate in the scholarship program next year, he added.

Afterwards, Dr. Al-Anqari opened a new 9,900 square meter building for the Saudi Cultural Mission in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the presence of Ambassador Al-Jubeir. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Al-Eissa observed that the inauguration of the building coincides with the 60th anniversary of the opening of the first Saudi Cultural Office in New York in 1951, which was set up to care for the first group of Saudi students on scholarship in the U.S.