This current “Reading in Saudi Universities’ Strategic Plans” report comes in the context of the environmental scanning diagnostic studies for the status quo and the ongoing efforts for the Majmaah University strategic plan preparation. In essence, this report attempts to identify the current national trends for higher education in the Kingdom of Arabia Saudia.
A case in point here is that recognizing the most dominant national trend for higher education in the Kingdom-based on available authenticated sources of such ministries as Higher Education as well as Economy and Planning in addition to different Saudi universities-is considered, in fact, among the most pivotal inputs to be precisely explored when formulating the Majmaah University strategic trends and directions.
In this context, the strategic partner (i.e. the AOTD) has prepared a number of diagnostic studies and reports with the aim of examining the dominant general trend of higher education at the national Saudi level, including:
íThe higher education national trends based on the kingdom’s Ninth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2014) report;
íThe higher education national trends in light of the current higher education strategic plan (i.e. Horizons);
íThe higher education national trends in light of the strategic plans adopted by various Saudi universities report; and
íPreparing a number of survey reports for the status quo via paying visits to a selected sample of officials and partners (i.e. stakeholders).
More specifically, this current study was prepared to focus on analyzing the content of eighteen Saudi universities’ strategic plans. Afterwards, they underwent more in-depth extrapolation, re-reading and classification into a number of core dimensions highlighting those universities’ most prominent trends and focus scope. In fact, the report outcomes provide a general national dominant trend for higher education in the kingdom that is mostly consistent with its current developmental trends at the same time it’s in tandem with dominant international trends for higher education.