Knowledge is the foundation of the renaissance of nations; for this reason, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given special attention to this sector. Because of his concern for sustainable development of human resources in the Kingdom, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud launched his initiative to create the King Abdullah Scholarship Program. The program is designed to be an important source of support for Saudi universities as well as the public and private sectors in the kingdom by supplying them with highly qualified Saudi citizens and through the development, preparation and qualification of human resources in an effective manner, so that they may compete on an international level in the labor market and the various fields of scientific research. To achieve these aims, King Abdullah issued a royal decree on 17/4/1426H (25/5/2005) launching this program, which continued for a period of five years.
The program began by sending a group of male and female students to study in the United States of America. Its scope was then broadened to include a number of advanced countries in diverse fields of specialization in order to meet the needs of the labor market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
After the completion of the first five stages of the program, and the Ministry's conviction that it had realized its goals, the Ministry requested King Abdullah to renew it for a further five-year period, beginning in 1431H (2010). The King graciously approved this request on 4/3/1431H (18/2/2010), a decision which would enable more young Saudi men and women to realize their ambitions and aspirations, and at the same time supply the government and private sectors with highly qualified individuals.
The administration in charge of the program carries out evaluations of all it stages and benefits from feedback received in improving and developing the performance of each stage qualitatively and quantitatively.