Algonquin to open two more campuses in Saudi Arabia

Algonquin will open the doors of two new campuses in Qatif, Saudi Arabia in the fall.

The male and female campuses are in addition to the male-only campus opened in Jazan late last year.

Algonquin will be offering a number of programs to just over 4,000 students through the two new campuses, which open in the fall.

The women's campus will offer courses in subjects like business, technology, food production, health or beauty and fashion, while the male campus will offer business, technology and trade-related programs.

"We are now able to have women who want to have an opportunity to have an international experience abroad in the region to be able to participate in such opportunities," said Claude Brulé, Vice President, Academic, Algonquin College.

Algonquin was just one of more than 120 bidders for the project, which is a partnershp with the Saudi Arabian government.

"It helps continue to fulfil our international education strategy of being a global leader and digitally connected applied education and training and being able to have not only onshore activity where we recruit students to come to Algonquin here in Ontario, but also to have activities abroad where we can expand out outreach," Brulé told CFRA.

They'll operate the campuses until 2019. The campuses are expected to generate over $20-million in net revenues for Algonquin over the five year period.

Ontario's Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Finance still need to sign off on the newest deal before it is finalized.

The Ministry of Finance will ensure the school is not using taxpayer's money in the deal.

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