A few months ago I did some research on this topic and got some valuable feedback on this issue. I am going to share my personal opinion and experience regarding the topic. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia for the first 18 years of my life. After that my parents sent me abroad for post secondary education. Here I have met a few Saudis and heard a lot about them. From what I have seen and heard, it is not suitable to sent Saudis abroad for studies and there are some good reasons for it.
There is a generation gap between the younger generation and the older generation and the whole world has been affected by the change. However, this generation gap is very problematic in Saudi Arabia because of two reasons. First, the generation gap is very wide in Saudi Arabia as compared to other societies. Secondly, Saudi Arabia is a very conservative Islamic society which does not support the ideas of negative western minded individuals. Teenagers living in Saudi Arabia are like a volcano which wants to explode but cannot due to the enormous society pressure. It’s a good thing that the Saudi society is preventing the negativity to come out, but that is one main reason why Saudis are trying to escape the country. The youth doesn’t do anything besides playing soccer and watching Hollywood movies or Lebanese music videos which is a favorite past-time. Exposure to such media has intensified their sexual desires and influenced their hair styles, mentality and dress code as well (jeans below waist).
When they move to a western country for education or whatever reason, it’s like a bird in a cage being set free and able to do whatever it can. A senior employee in my college who personally knows some Saudi students, one of them being one of the 5000 Saudi royal princes, told me they never study in the first year of school. They are busy enjoying the luxuries and freedoms of a new place and experiencing things they never felt before. My friend who also lived in Saudi Arabia has some Saudi friends who are students and do not wish to go back to Saudi Arabia. They go to clubs, enjoy alcohol and have pleasure with women. A Saudi facebook friend of mine usually sometimes invites me to clubbing events through facebook. He even posted a picture of himself with some girls in a club while he was wearing a t-shirt which said Saudi Arabia. Some Saudis are also involved in physical relations with prostitutes if they are not able to find a girl friend.
There is a reason why the Saudi government implemented the orientation program for Saudis who are about to leave to other countries for education. The ability to see women in every kind of dress and misbehaving is a frequent occurrence. A Saudi student in America was arrested for child molestation as he was about to meet an underage girl who he found online and was about to have physical relations with. He took an air flight to visit her city and was arrested at the airport. Most of the students in the west are on scholarships and do not feel the pain when they do not get appropriate grades.
Nobody can stop anybody from going anywhere. If they want to go abroad let it be. Everybody should have the freedom to choose where they want to go and what they want to do. However, the Saudi government should not encourage scholarship programs and send them elsewhere. The best thing to do would be to have good universities in your own country and encourage students to study locally.
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