Saudi Arabia: 3,000 expat professors seek move to Western countries

Published:  15 Dec at 9 AM
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Three thousand expat professors in Saudi Arabian universities are trying to find work in Western countries, revealed an official at an international immigration centre.

The figures come after Saudi’s Ministry of Higher Education recently told universities across the country that they should not renew expatriate workers’ contracts if they were older than 60.

Lebanese lawyer Nader Eyad confirmed that 3,000 expat professors had already filed applications for working visas in Western countries. He added that the professors in scientific academic programmes would have no problems at all in terms of offers and visas from universities or international companies in other countries.

Economics professor Ahmed Bassyoni, from Egypt, explained that a large number of Western expat professors in Saudi could earn enough money to secure their futures back in their homeland or in other countries. However, he noted that it was those from countries in turmoil - like Syria, Iraq and Sudan - that were seeking pastures new.

In Saudi’s public universities, there are just under 26,000 teaching staff members, according to the ministry’s statistics, with 15,000 of those being expatriates. Of that figure, almost 10,000 are men and around 4,700 are women.
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