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Canada-KSA Education Partnership Forum

May 5 - May 7


The Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia will host the Canada-KSA Education Partnership Forum between May 5 to 7, 2024.

The objective of this forum is to bring together leading education institutions from Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to explore possibilities for institutional partnerships related to (but not limited to) joint-study programs, collaborative research, curriculum development, student and faculty exchanges or technical and vocational training.

Few key sectors of interest for partnerships will include:

  • Information technology;
  • Tourism & hospitality;
  • Healthcare;
  • Oil & Gas;
  • Agriculture.

The first two editions of this forum successfully took place in Dubai and brought together over 130 delegates representing education institutions from Canada, the UAE, and the MENA region. Given the recent normalization of diplomatic ties between Canada and Saudi Arabia, the upcoming forum presents an opportunity to strengthen business cooperation and open doors to greater dialogue between Canada and KSA.

Who should participate?

  • Senior leadership focused on global partnerships of universities & colleges;
  • Government stakeholders in education and the key sectors identified;
  • Technical/applied education institutions;
  • Businesses in Saudi Arabia interested in capacity building training.

Contact us:

For further information or registration, please contact Ms. Sonia Hukil, First Secretary (Commercial) for Education at the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Sonia.hukil@international.gc.ca and Abdullah Chowdhury, Trade Commissioner Assistant at Abdullah.Chowdhury@international.gc.ca.


Program at a Glance:

May 5, Sunday: Welcoming reception at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada, H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau

May 6, Monday: Presentations and panel discussions, followed by a full day of business-to-business meetings between Canadian and Saudi stakeholders

May 7, Tuesday: All day optional program of site visits to education institutions and corporations in Riyadh



Education Forum, Bahrain, May 8, 2024

Following the education partnership forum in Riyadh, the Embassy of Canada will take the Canadian delegation (those interested) to Bahrain for a day to engage with the Bahraini educational institutions. Education is an important sector in Bahrain.

In line with the country’s Vision 2030, given the skills shortage, the focus is on enhancing technical and vocational education and training in specialized fields related to STEM, fintech, cybersecurity, petroleum engineering etc.

Forum Format: Presentation from the Ministry of Higher Education in Bahrain on market and sector, followed by meetings between Canadian and Bahraini education stakeholders.


May 5
May 7
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