The University of Birmingham will welcome over 1,000 Saudi Arabian students from across the UK to an annual conference that will showcase their potential for groundbreaking work and research innovation.

As academic host for 2016, the University will welcome undergraduates and postgraduates to the Saudi Student Conference, in Birmingham, on 13 and 14 February 2016. Its staff will maintain academic standards at the prestigious event and judge research papers submitted by delegates.

Organised by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK together with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, the conference is hosted by a different UK university each year for students funded under the King Abdullah scholarship programme.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, who will welcome Saudi Students to the conference, said: “The University of Birmingham is delighted to be hosting this prestigious event to celebrate the accomplishments of Saudi scholars who are studying at UK universities. The UK is home to one of the highest-performing university systems in the world.

“At Birmingham, we have been educating students from across the globe for more than 100 years in a wide range of disciplines. We are proud to say that this has included a large number of Saudi Arabian scholars – we currently have more than 180 Saudi students studying at Birmingham.

“It is fitting, therefore, that the Saudi Student Conference will be convened here and will showcase innovation in subjects as diverse as medical sciences, engineering, law, humanities, social sciences, and the arts; inspiring the next generation of thinkers, creators, and leaders.”

The event is designed to provide a platform upon which to highlight the groundbreaking work and accomplishments of Saudi students at all levels of study at universities throughout the UK. It brings together students to stimulate discussion and interest in the arts and sciences. Subject areas represented include medical and health sciences; engineering and applied sciences; natural sciences; law and management; humanities and social sciences; and the arts. 

Conference organisers aim to provide an environment for talented Saudi student participants who may go on to become future thinkers, leaders, and innovators for Saudi Arabia and the world. The event is supported by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in the UK; HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz; and His Excellency the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Azzam ibn Muhammad Al Dakhil.

It allows students to showcase their creativity and publish their research, promote scientific research standards and contribute to research and academia locally and globally. It also encourages communication, scientific cooperation, and partnership amongst students, as well as raising awareness of best practices in various fields and disciplines.


Notes to Editors

As academic host, the University of Birmingham is responsible for the academic integrity of the conference. Some 100 University academics reviewing over 1,000 conference submissions. There will be more than 40 of its academics at the conference – making final judging decisions.

  • University academic staff are also providing training for students on the additional skills required for a successful PhD during the conference.

For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312