Saudi universities, especially those recently established, have difficulty attracting teachers, the Higher Education Ministry said in a report.
The report, published Sunday by Al-Madinah newspaper, said the universities find challenges in luring teachers particularly for medicine, engineering and basic infrastructure. “The expatriate teachers do not favor the new universities because they have better positions in the older and well established ones,” the report said.
The ministry said it was facing real challenges in the construction of enough dormitories and university buildings, which it believed were important factors in attracting teachers and students.
According to the most recent statistics issued by the ministry, there are 13,995 expatriate teachers in the Saudi universities, accounting for about 60 percent of all university employees.
The ministry said it was making strenuous efforts to build university campuses over the next few years.
According to the report, the challenges the ministry is facing include, among others, the inability to establish international research universities, controlling education quality, increasing allocations for scientific research and linking these studies to the needs and requirements of sustainable development.
The statistics said there are 9,329 Saudi men and women university teachers.
According to the statistics, there are 25,464 assistant professors including 20,065 Saudi men and women and 5,399 expatriates.
The ministry said with 3,441 teachers, King Saud University in Riyadh has the largest number of teaching staff followed by Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz University (3,338) and Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah (2,013). (Saudi Gazette report)