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Education in Saudi Arabia

EducationPublic spending on education in Saudi Arabia is 5.1% of GDP. The adult literacy rate includes 87.2% of the population (source: CIA World Factbook).

In recent years Saudi Arabia has broken with the tradition of segregation of sexes in education with the construction of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The university was founded in 2009 and is already recognised worldwide as an excellent postgraduate research university. Women and men may associate freely on campus, and are even allowed to drive around its 14 square miles. The university specialises in biological, mathematical and physical science research, with associated engineering. Competition for places is severe with only approximately 3% of applicants gaining admission.



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