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When will the Federal Government investigate the Saudi and Wahhabi Influence in Australia —-The number of sponsored students in Australia rapidly increased from less than 200 students in 2005 to more than 8000 students, as in 2014

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Some Facts

• SACM is the largest cultural mission in Australia;
• Supervises and provides services and support to the largest cohort of sponsored students in Australia;
• Supervises 12 Saudi Student Clubs across Australia;
• Published more than 12 cultural and academic publications;
• Equipped with 120 staff members.


The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM), affiliate to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Australia, is an executive tool facilitating implementation of King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP) and other scholarship programs run by Saudi ministries, universities and corporations. SACM established its office in Canberra, Australia in 2004. Since then, SACM has expanded exponentially, currently equipped with about 120 staff members (including Saudis & local staff), in order to effectively meet the demands of the Saudi sponsored students, and to facilitate their study and living arrangements in Australia. We supervise and provide services and support to the largest cohort of sponsored students in Australia. SACM is the largest foreign cultural mission in Australia geared towards promoting bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Australia in the academic, cultural, scientific and technological fields.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission is committed to maintaining a successful cultural, academic and scientific exchange with Australia and providing academic, educational, financial and social support to Saudi sponsored students and their companions, in order to help them positively engage with the Australian society, and act as individual ambassadors for their homeland, while preserving the Saudi culture and values.

Our Mission

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission’s prime objective is to enhance the positive image about Saudi Arabia and foster the Saudi-Australian bilateral relations through cultural exchange and cooperation with educational and research institutions in Australia. To achieve this, we uphold our mission to:
• Promote human resources development in Saudi Arabia through the scholarship program in Australia.
• Promote cultural and academic exchange and cooperative relationships between Australia and Saudi Arabia, through educational and research institutions in both countries.
• Utilize Australia’s scientific knowledge and technological innovations in the developmental movement in Saudi Arabia.

Wahhabi
wəˈhɑːbi/
noun
noun: Wahabi
  1. a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703–92). It advocates a return to the early Islam of the Koran and Sunna, rejecting later innovations; the sect is still the predominant religious force in Saudi Arabia.

SACM’s History

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) to Australia was established in September, 2004, in the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, late King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, under the aegis of H.E. Dr. Khaled Bin Mohamed Alanqari, the then Minister of Higher Education. Prior to establishment of SACM Australia, academic affairs had been handled through SACM Pakistan. In the early years of its establishment, SACM Australia had operated in the premises of Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Canberra.

Premises of Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Canberra

Due to limited number of Saudi Arabian cultural missions in East Asia and Pacific region more than a decade ago, SACM Australia used, back then, to handle King Abdallah Scholarship Program and serve sponsored students in New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Later, cultural missions were established in these countries, according to the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education’s policy to establish an independent mission to handle cultural and academic affairs in each of the scholarship countries.
The number of sponsored students in Australia rapidly increased from less than 200 students in 2005 to more than 8000 students, as in 2014. Accordingly, staff ratio had to increase, and the number amounted to 140 staff members. As a result of the increased number of students and staff members, there was a need for venue expansion. Responsively, SACM rented a separate building as a transitional step toward its own premises. Mid 2010, with full support from the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, SACM purchased its current own premises in the heart of the Australian capital, Canberra. The building is accessible and provides a well set and equipped environment for the employees to accomplish their work to high standards and quality.

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