Mawhiba helps 4,119 students compete to represent Kingdom internationally

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In a collaboration between Mawhiba and the MoE, the 2nd phase of the Mawhoob Competition began with the participation of 4119 students across 72 regional exam centers. (Twitter/@mawhiba)
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In a collaboration between Mawhiba and the MoE, the 2nd phase of the Mawhoob Competition began with the participation of 4119 students across 72 regional exam centers. (Twitter/@mawhiba)
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Updated 25 October 2023
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Mawhiba helps 4,119 students compete to represent Kingdom internationally

  • Tests were held in 72 exam centers across the Kingdom, and covered mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and other sciences
  • Candidates in this competition will join Mawhiba’s International Olympiad Program for the next winter forum

RIYADH: Some 4,119 students have taken the second phase of the “Mawhoob” exam, organized by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), in partnership with the Education Ministry.

The tests were held in 72 exam centers across the Kingdom, and covered mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and other sciences.

Candidates in this competition will join Mawhiba’s International Olympiad Program for the next winter forum, which will be held from Jan. 4-13 at the Royal Commission in Jubail and at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

The competition targets grades 6-11 students to identify those good at mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and space. They are then enrolled in specialized programs to train and equip them to participate in the international competitions and Olympics held annually.

The competition focuses on developing the educational process, in addition to nominating outstanding students to join Saudi teams participating in international olympics. Competition winners will enroll in Mawhiba’s International Olympiad Program, and two years later those who will represent the Kingdom in 19 regional and international olympics will be chosen.

The competition also aims to represent the Kingdom in international competitions, enhance confidence in national competitiveness in international competitions, raise people’s awareness of their importance, and boost scientific competition spirit, in addition to building a creative generation capable of adopting scientific language.

International olympics are high-level annual world competitions and among the strongest scientific competitions for general education students. They cover many fields, and are hosted in the summer of every year.

Candidates participating in these competitions — which have been held for more than 50 years — are chosen based on the students’ performance in the training forums after passing the exams in these forums, which qualifies them for the final competition nomination exams.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s first international music academy, the Nahawand Center, was launched in Taif on Sunday. A cooperation agreement was signed between the Nahawand Academy of Arts and the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.

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Abdullah Rashad, general supervisor of Nahawand Center, said that the cooperation aims to enhance the competency of those working in the music field in the Kingdom. “It also seeks to support talents and practitioners in music and arts, aligning with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he said.

The objective is to ensure that the “music sector contributes to the local economy and creates job opportunities,” he added.

Ahmed Al-Shamrani, executive director of Nahawand Center, stated that the academy will focus on developing educational programs and musical research, accrediting official certificates for international trainees, and exchanging teachers, students, and joint academic work.

The partnership will also involve the organization of cultural events between the Kingdom and Russia.

Angie Zadan, representative of Gnesins Academy, welcomed the partnership, adding that the exchange of expertise and qualitative experiences will refine people’s musical taste, as well as develop creative content.

She added that the impact of the partnership will reach both practitioners in the field and enthusiasts, noting that it represents a significant opportunity to introduce people to the history and musical arts of both countries.

During the ceremony, a band performed the folk dance known as majrour, popular in Taif. An art exhibition was also held on the occasion.

Attendees toured the academy’s various departments, including the piano and vocal warm-ups department where some students performed, the oud and oriental singing department, and the content creation pavilion.

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