On Fri., Oct. 9, President Cheryl Roberts, Vice President Bob Francis, Executive Director of International Education Diana Sampson and members of Shoreline’s International Education and ESL departments welcomed officials from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and their advisors to campus.
Created by the Saudi government in 1951, SACM administers programs and policies to meet the educational and cultural needs of Saudis studying in the United States, while also implementing rules of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP), which provides Saudi students with the opportunity to attend foreign universities using federal funding.
The visit showcased Shoreline Community College’s excellent programs, faculty and student services to SACM. A Q+A session included in the visit also helped facilitate a better understanding of how to ensure optimal cooperation between the two organizations in the face of recent policy changes related to the scholarship.
This is the first time SACM officials have visited Shoreline’s campus. Samira Pardanani, Director of International Admissions and Student Services at Shoreline, said “The meeting was very positive and productive, and given the changing landscape, it was a great first step to help them better understand the excellent educational opportunity we offer their students here at Shoreline.”
Several of Shoreline’s current students from Saudi Arabia also helped welcome the SACM to campus, giving the officials a campus tour and a glowing review of Shoreline Community College.