Universities and TVET institutions

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Overview

This opportunity entails developing and operating private universities and technical and vocational education training institutions in Saudi Arabia.
KSA has witnessed a significant increase in the participation of the private sector in tertiary education over the past couple of years.

  • Universities: Enrolment in private universities witnessed significant growth from 2010 to 2016 (~15% growth per annum)
  • Private training institutes (TVET): Male enrolment in private training institutes witnessed ~15% growth per annum since 2011, with female enrolment remaining stable

In line with the growth witnessed over the past couple of years and in light of Vision 2030, a shift is expected in tertiary education towards the private sector.

As such, Saudi Arabia has set ambitious future targets to boost the proportion of graduates from tertiary private sector institutions:

  • Increase in the proportion of high school students entering private universities from 9% to 15% by 2020 - resulting in around 125,000 additional seats
  • Increase in the number of students who continue their education in TVET institutes from 7% to 12.5%

The shift towards increased participation of the private sector in tertiary education in Saudi Arabia offers lucrative opportunities for private investors.

Opportunity Details

Emerging Sectors
Sector
Education
Sub-sector
Across the Kingdom
Location
To be determined by the investor
Investment size
Open to starting the project as soon as possible
Timeline

Investment Model

Model: Pure Private Sector
  • The investor will bear all capital expenditure associated with the project, including the infrastructural cost, and the operating expenses.
  • Access to land and educational buildings can be facilitated by government entities (e.g., providing long-lease to lands and buildings)

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