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Boom in students from Saudi Arabia studying at Adelaide universities

A record number of students from Saudi Arabia are studying in Adelaide.

New figures from Education Adelaide show the number of Saudi Arabian students enrolled in Adelaide universities has jumped from 56 in 2007 to 481 in 2011 – a 759 per cent increase.

More than 785 students from Saudi Arabia were enrolled in Adelaide universities and schools in the first six months of this year – an increase of 88 compared to the same period last year.

The country’s Ministry of Higher Education is offering a greater number of scholarships to encourage students to study abroad.

Saudi Arabian student Mazna Al Marzooqi moved to Adelaide six months ago to study a PhD in medicine, majoring in public health, at Adelaide Uni.

“There are more scholarships for men and women and both undergraduate and post-graduate students,” she said.

The figures come despite Federal Government statistics, released this month, which showed 22,565 international students had enrolled in SA educational institutions in the first six months of this year, down from 25,011 at the same time last year.

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