Some ESL providers in Canada have chosen not to comply with new KASP requirements and have been taken off the list of eligible recipients. Meanwhile, others which have, say student numbers continue to fall.
The King Abdullah Scholarship Programme is one of the largest national scholarship schemes in history: Saudi Arabia has invested US$5 billion sending hundreds of thousands of students to study a language and targeted degree programmes overseas. The programme is not without its trials, but its benefits – both social and cultural, as well as to the bottom line of institutions – are evident. Dan Thomas reports.