Critiquing of Higher Education Policy in Saudi Arabia: A Neoliberalism Approach


In this paper, we aim to step back in time and speak more broadly on the aspect of higher education policy in Saudi Arabia.  We will argue that the post 9/11 context of education in Saudi Arabia has brought into a new paradigm of thinking away from what McCarthy et al. (2009) call "safe harbors" in schooling and education. This new phenomena has merged to adopt a neoliberalism paradigm in many local Saudi schools and educators alike.   We will try to identify the dominant complex of relations now affecting Saudi schools as neoliberal re-articulation and transformations between the link of education and economy.  In this particular context of neoliberal hegemony and moral and cultural leadership itself and its relationship to what Michael Foucault has called government  that we must examine in order to better understand the specific impact of current political, cultural, and economic forces on education, understand the specific impact of the public good (McCarthyet al., 2009).  Consequently, we will start by defining neoliberalism and discussing its relationship to the globalization of Saudi Higher education system. Second, we will discuss how neoliberalism has drawn a new paradigm of Saudi Arabian higher education in order to move it toward the wheel of globalization. While this might be a modest attempt to hypothesis a link between neoliberalism and educational reforms in Saudi Arabia, the paper suggests that a new understanding of the most current debates on this new phenomena in the history of educational in Saudi Arabia.

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Tariq Elyas, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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Elyas T. (2013) Critiquing of Higher Education Policy in Saudi Arabia: A Neoliberalism Approach ISSN: 2186-4691 – The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2013 – Official Conference Proceedings
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