This chapter includes the following articles.
Education is at the heart of an ambitious agenda to diversify Saudi Arabia away from reliance on hydrocarbons and transform it into a knowledge-based economy by 2025. With this in mind, the Kingdom has stepped up investment in the education sector and in the young people who will be expected to drive that new economy, but policymakers face the challenge of rapid population growth. However, considerable efforts are being made to ensure that training and education focuses on equipping young Saudis with the necessary skills to fill gaps in the job market. This chapter contains an interview with Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Shoaibi, Director-General, Institute of Public Administration.