—Nowadays, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has adopted a new vision and strategies for the development of Saudi Arabia to become one of the most advanced countries in the world in economics and education by 2030. Higher education heads the list of the strategies to join the world classes and be internationalized. The purpose of this paper is to discuss dispute the challenges that face higher education in Saudi Arabia. The major challenges facing Saudi universities are research productivity, accreditation, and improving quality. Therefore, the paper will scrutinize some fundamental changes needed in the development process. Further, the definition of World-Classes and with the importance of it will describe in the paper. The paper will show the influence of economic statues in higher education in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, a dissection of conceptual bases will also be touched on in the paper.
—World-classes, higher education, and development.
Eman A. Alharbi is with the Tennessee State University, USA (e-mail: Emey_a407@yahoo.com).
Cite: Eman Abdulrahman Radi Alharbi, "Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Challenges to Achieving World-Class Recognition," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 169-172, 2016.