LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR SAUDI ARABIAN SOCIETY

Faiza Gonaim

Abstract


The progress of any nation depends on its human resources. The government of Saudi Arabia has recognized the necessity of improving education as a crucial key for the country's advancement in order to compete globally. The budget for higher education has tripled to $15 billion, enabling the establishment of new higher education institutions and the expansion of existing ones (Kreiger, 2007). However, money alone is not sufficient to ensure the advancement of Saudi universities. Leadership is pivotal for higher education to adapt successfully and develop in the changing climate of the 21st century (Delener, 2013; Rena, 2010; Hargrove, 2003). Some possible solutions for the lack of leadership in Saudi universities are suggested with reflection and analysis of their effectiveness.

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