In a formal ceremony, University of the Sciences officially signed an agreement with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to pave the way for citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to matriculate as students to the University.
“We are very supportive of the work of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission through the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. We think that the work that they do is excellent,” said University President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino at the signing on Dec. 9, 2010.
The agreement creates a conditional admission process that streamlines admission for Saudi students. Presently there are seven Saudi students enrolled at the University with the intent to increase interest for University programs. The agreement covers all undergraduate and graduate programs.
“We really take this opportunity to thank everyone here at the university for helping our colleagues going to school for this semester and for the future,” said Dr. Mohammed Alomar, Assistant Cultural Attaché for Academic Affairs. “I hope this will BE the opening of a big door for more and more doctors to practice here in this university.”
In addition to Dr. Alomar, Dr. Samar Alsaggaf, director of the department of medical and health sciences, represented the Cultural Mission joined University Provost Dr. Russell J. DiGate.
During the ceremony, Dr. Gerbino recalled that the University’s relationship with Saudi Arabia dates to the 1960s.
“We were the first group to send pharmacists to Saudi Arabia to the King Faisal Hospital in the mid 1960s,” Dr. Gerbino said. “This is a relationship that continues to renew itself.”
The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission is responsible for 32,000 students currently studying in the United States.