History in Brief:
Certificate Equalization - Academic process needs Evaluation of Educational Qualification by comparison of all technical aspects on same educational conditions. Moreover, Higher Education Certificates Equivalency Committee in Ministry of Education - Specialized Central Academic Organization takes first place in checking academic certificates after Secondary Education from outside KSA, for Saudis or Non-Saudis and its Equivalency on Educational Scale is compatible in Kingdom in Duration, and Courses, Condition, Previous Requirements … etc.
Sometimes the Committee looks into Internal Higher Education Programs for Comparison, and considers equalization of such Certifications.
The committee comprises of several members (more than 20 members) from University Professors specialized in different branches of knowledge of Human and Social Sciences, and Basic Sciences. In addition, representatives of Ministry of Education (Scholarships Department), Ministry of Civil Services and a Law Consultant from the former. They meet mostly four times a month to consider certificates and matters after each member have a case referred to him and study it before meeting. Committees Internal Regulations govern its work, and meetings. Mostly there are Thirty Meetings in one year, and there are Thirty Cases in each Meeting, and also they have to answer Queries of Citizens and Residents about Foreign Universities. The commission maintains Special Library including directories of Academic Accreditation and of Universities in the world and Universities where the committee previously processed their certificates. Committee uses Computers for saving and retrieving their decisions.
Before establishment of Ministry of Education - Higher Education in the year 1395,AH, the process of Certificate Equivalency was done by Ministry of Education according to Council of Ministers Decision No. 542 of 30/10/1385 AH.
After Ministry of Education’s establishment, the State Education Policy was implemented in the domain of Higher Education through the existing Universities, and later established Universities and the agencies responsible for Scholarships, Council of Ministers Decision no. 314 and Dated 09/03/1397 AH, was issued to amend the previous decision about establishment of Committee of Equalization of Higher Education Certificates in the Ministry of Education, to carry the responsibility of assessing equivalency of certificates issued by other world Universities whose certificates are reliable, and organizing the work as per the decision of Minister of Education to remain the task of Equalization of Pre-University Certificates, as subsequent Decision No. 72 Dated 27-03-1406 AH, to amend the decision mentioned above, as follows:
- Foreign high school certificates and lower are to be equalized, if valid, with General Secondary Schools at the Equalization Committee in the Ministry of Education.
- Certificates above General Secondary Schools are equalized at equalization committee in the Ministry of Education - Higher Education.
Establishment of this committee is important because lot of Citizens have external scholarships to get qualified from different Universities in different Countries and there are some studying on their own expenses, they pursue different levels, it needed existence of an organization which evaluate these degrees, and compare them against certificates awarded by Universities in Kingdom, in addition to calling similar educational organizations outside kingdom, to know latest trends and methods followed for Evaluation of Degrees. Existence of this kind of committee also help to Outline Methods of Scholarships to Universities of different Countries that have Accredited Academic Degrees and assist Government Organizations of the Kingdom to Evaluate Degrees and experiences of recruited Foreign Staff.
This committee is affiliated to Ministry of Education as a body based on affairs of University Education in the Kingdom and the Minister of Education is Deputy Chairman of Higher Education Council and assume by virtue responsibilities and matters related to University Affairs, and existence of such committee in the Ministry directly help them in problems related to scholarships as mentioned above.
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