The Minister

​​​​The Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Issa:

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Personal Information:

Date of Birth: 1/7/1380 Hijri (19 December 1960)
Place of Birth: Al-Ghat, KSA 
Marital Status: Married
Number of Children:

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. of Philosophy in Education - Curriculum and Instruction, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 1993.
  • Master’s Degree in Education - Curriculum and Instruction, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 1989.
  • Bachelor of Arts - Department of History, King Saud University, 1983. 
  • Advanced Leadership Management Program, Oxford University, April 2009. 

Positions Served:

  • Advisor to and a member of the Board of Directors, Misk Foundation, Riyadh, from 01/08/1433 Hijri (21 June 2012) to present.
  • Director General of the Strategic Studies Department at the Royal Court, from 14/11/1432 Hijri (21 October 2011) to 14/07/1433 Hijri (04 June 2012).
  • Director of Al-Yamamah University, from 08/02/2008 to 31/12/2009.
  • Dean of Al-Yamamah College, from 02/11/2003 to 08/02/2008.
  • Fulltime Adviser of Al-Yamamah College Project, from 02/02/2002 to 01/11/2003.
  • Dean of the Riyadh College of Technology, from 01/07/1418 Hijri (19 February 1988) to 15/08/1422 Hijri (31 October 2001).
  • Deputy Dean of the Riyadh College of Technology, from 06/11/1413 Hijri (05 March 1998) to 29/06/1418 Hijri (31 October 1997).
  • Supervisor of the Curriculum Development Unit at the Department of Technical Colleges Affairs from 11/06/1417 Hijri (23 October 1996) to 07/01/1418 Hijri (14 May 1997).
  • Deputy Dean for Educational Affairs in the Riyadh College of Technology, for the year 1410 Hijri (1990).

Professional Experience and Participations:

  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Riyadh Schools, from 01/09/1433 Hijri (20 July 2012) to present. 
  • Member of The University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB), the quality assurance's authority for international branch campuses set up across various free zones in Dubai, from March 2008 to present.
  • Member of the General Investment Authority's Education Advisory Board, from 2007 to April 2009.
  • Member of the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment's (NCAAA) Board of Directors, from 15/08/1425 Hijri (29 September 2004) to 08/05/1430 Hijri (03 May 2009).
  • Member of the Board of Investment in the Medina area, from 01/04/1426 Hijri (09 May 2005) to 10/01/1428 Hijri (29 January 2007).
  • Member of the KSA Comprehensive Education Assessment Team, appointed by the Royal Court, from 1418 Hijri (1997) to 1421 Hijri (2000).
  • Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the First Saudi Technical Conference, from 22 to 26 Shaaban 1421 Hijri (18 – 22 November 2000).
  • Head of the arbitration team on the Technical Science Curricula Document for secondary schools, appointed by the Ministry of Knowledge, from 1421 Hijri (2000) to 1423 Hijri (2002).
  • KSA Official Representative in the General Assembly of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (World Skills), from March 2000 to June 2002.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Riyadh General Directorate of Education's Computer Club Department, from 1421 Hijri (2000) to 1424 Hijri (2003).
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Education and Psychology, a newsletter published by the Saudi Society for Educational and Psychological Sciences at King Saud University, from 06/10/1417 Hijri (14 February 1997) to 1426 Hijri (2005).
  • Team member of the 'National System for Joint Training' project, a project supervised by the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

​Books and Worksheets:

  • Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: A Quest for Identity, Dar Al Saqi Publishing, Beirut, 2010.
  • Education Reform in KSA: Lack of Political Vision, Religious Cultural Obsession, and Educational Management Failure Dar Al Saqi Publishing, Beirut, 2009.
  • Education in KSA: Policies, Systems and Future Dar Ezzaytouna, Riyadh, 2005.
  • Additionally, released over 30 research papers, and worksheets on education, and manpower development.  

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