The European Union joins ICEE 2022 to accelerate education cooperation with  Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 7 May 2022

Join ‘Study in Europe’ activities to explore the world’s finest universities, which are  shaping the global leaders of tomorrow 

 – The European Union announces today its participation in the  International Conference & Exhibition for Education (ICEE 2022), a global platform, organised by the Saudi  Ministry of Education at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center. Aiming to foster a  learning environment and boost international cooperation in education, the high-profile event will take  place in Riyadh on 8-11 May 2022.  

The European Union, as a global centre of education excellence and a world-class study abroad  destination, will have its own ‘Study in Europe’ booth, and is gearing up to welcome prospective students  and their families, academics and other local, regional and international education partners. They will  have the opportunity to engage not only with EU stakeholders, but also with Saudi and GCC alumni, who  will share their own personal experience of studying and living in Europe. The EU will be joined by Austria,  Belgium, Germany, Finland and Sweden, which boast some of the world’s finest universities. There will  also be other European Union Member States such as France present with dedicated booths. 

A dedicated ‘Study in Europe’ workshop will take place on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 from 4-5PM at the  venue. Opened by the EU Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E. Patrick Simonnet, it will serve as a platform  for a more personalized exchange with those wishing to explore study and research opportunities across  the European Union, comprised of 27 Member States. To book your place at the workshop, please visit: 

Speaking ahead of the event, the EU Ambassador, H.E. Mr Patrick Simonnet, said: ‘‘The European Union  is home to more than a million students from the GCC, North America, and all around the globe, enrolled  at our universities with world-renowned reputation, high academic rankings and cutting-edge research  facilities. With more than 4,000 institutions of higher education, and an increasing number of courses  taught in English, the EU offers tremendous opportunities for Saudi and GCC students. Education and  academic exchange are also drivers for stronger people to people relationships and I look forward to an  enhanced bilateral and regional cooperation in the years to come.’’ 

The European Union will take ‘Study in Europe’ also to the Nourah Partners Exhibition hosted by Princess  Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University on Thursday, 12 May from 10.00 AM–2PM. The European Union  representatives will discuss Erasmus+, EU’s programme centred around life-long learning that supports  education, training, youth and sports in Europe and beyond. With a budget of €26.2 billion for 2021-2027, 

Erasmus+ is a great instrument to foster closer academic cooperation between the European Union and  the Gulf region. 

The European Union has designated 2022 as the European Year of Youth, an opportunity to significantly  contribute to a better future for young people, so there is no better time to encourage study abroad and  academic exchange programs that would empower the new generation of leaders. To learn more about  ‘Study in Europe’ opportunities, please visit 


About the European Union Delegation 

The Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and the  Kingdom of Bahrain opened in Riyadh in 2004. The EU Delegation is also representing the EU vis-à-vis the  Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Islamic  Development Bank (IsDB). The EU Delegation works on many areas of cooperation between EU and Saudi  Arabia, Oman and Bahrain as well as the GCC, including political dialogue, economic and trade issues,  regional security, education as well as climate change and transition to green energy/economy.  

Read more about us on the EU Delegation’s website / Twitter: @EUintheGCC / Instagram: @EUinKSA /  Facebook: @EUinKSA

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