Saudi Arabia orders students out of Canadian schools

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia has ordered thousands of students studying in Canada to attend school elsewhere, reports the Toronto Star. According to a spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry, the country is "working on preparing and implementing an emergency plan to facilitate the transfer of our students to other countries." Bessma Momani, a professor at the University of Waterloo, told the Star that most of the students are in Canada through the King Abdullah scholarship program. The program was revoked by the Saudi Arabian government, who also ordered students to leave the country. Inside Higher Ed states that the diplomatic dispute began last week, when Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Foreign Affair’s Minister, criticized the Saudi government for arresting several civil society and women’s rights activists. Toronto Star | Inside Higher Ed