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UK educators net £850m Saudi export contracts

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The Oxford Partnership, Lincoln College, Hertvec and FESA will establish and operate 12 colleges in the kingdom. 

Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock said: “These deals are a vote of confidence in the UK’s improving education system. Exporting helps companies grow and is a vital part of the government’s long-term economic plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit.

“I visited Saudi Arabia earlier this year in support of UK bidders and am particularly pleased that they will soon be offering high quality practical skills training to an additional 24,000 Saudi students including 14,000 Saudi women.”

The news follows the successful bids of TQ Pearson and the Nescot consortium in the first wave of the same programme of college building last year. 

Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director general of Human Resources Development Fund in Saudi Arabia, said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reaching out to the best of the best in the world, as partners of choice.”

“We are delighted that 6 UK institutions will be bringing their experience and expertise, and working with us to help shape future opportunities for our citizens.

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