Riyadh Newspaper | The state ranks second among 21 countries for the best place for university students to live

According to the US Global Survey 2022

The state ranks second among 21 countries for the best place for university students to live

90% of Saudi students make sure their country is a good place to live, the second highest rate among the 21 countries surveyed by the US Global Survey, which is considered the most comprehensive survey ever and covers life, hope and fear. University students in COVID-19 episode and beyond.

More than four out of five students (85%) in Saudi Arabia expressed optimism about their financial situation in the future, the highest rate among the countries surveyed, as their optimism rate increased from 79% in 2021. It increased from 84% in 2021. 87% of Saudi students report that their university education pays good educational value for their money, the highest rate among the surveyed countries.

Eighty-five percent of Saudi students believe that their education provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary for the labor market, the second highest rate among the countries surveyed.

They say their university education pays good educational value for their money, the highest rate among the surveyed countries.

These figures represent the most prominent results of a survey published by Chegg.org’s Influence, Advocacy and Research Arm, and are based on an in-depth survey of more than 17,000 college students conducted by Yonder (formerly known as Populos). 18-year-olds and 21-year-olds in 21 countries, including 511 students in Saudi Arabia. This is the second most comprehensive Chegg.org survey to date, covering the lives, hopes and fears of graduate students around the world in the COVID-19 era and beyond, first published in February 2021. The survey questions cover students Opinions about education in the COVID-19 era. 19, how they coped with their financial resources and living expenses and their problems regarding skills problems, career paths, their health and well-being, social attitudes and climate change and sustainability.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Dan Rosenweg, president and CEO of Chag, said: At the same time, they are facing. Several social challenges include increasing gap inequality, increasing frequency of automation and the severity of climate change. This is why this new global study captures the hopes, fears and overall mood of these students. We are confident that the data it provides can help governments, companies and institutions of higher learning to strengthen their support for students at COVID-19 and beyond. “

He added: “These results clearly emphasize the need to increase access to higher education, make higher education more affordable and support students’ ability to respond efficiently to what is needed on the ground. More specifically, their universities The need is to support their mental health, and to teach them future career skills, and to address their environmental concerns. By doing so, we are able to help today’s generation navigate the future with greater confidence. “

45% of Saudi students expressed concern about climate change, the lowest rate recorded among the countries surveyed. At the same time, the survey found that 76% of Saudi students believe that climate change will not change their decision about childbearing, which is the second highest rate among the surveyed countries. Among the countries surveyed, Saudi Arabia has the second highest percentage of people who eat meat, as 92% of respondents confirmed it.

More than three-quarters (76%) of Saudi students would prefer their university to offer distance learning options if it means lower tuition fees. On the other hand, 76% of Saudi students have experienced problems with their housing costs, utility bills, medical and medical services in the last 12 months, the third highest rate among the surveyed countries.

In 2022 the number of loans or loans related to their university studies to Saudi students dropped dramatically from 40% to 29%.

Global highlights

  1. قال ست من أصل عشر طلاب (بنسبة 60%) حول العالم بأن الجائحة أفسدت تجربتهم الجامعية، في حين أكد نحو أربع طلاب من أصل عشرة (بنسبة 39%) حول العالم على أن الجائحة ستلحق ضرراً دائماً بآفاقهم الوظيفية.
  2. يفضل نحو ثلثي الطلاب حول العالم (بنسبة 66%)، وأكثر من نصفهم في 20 دولة من أصل 21 شملها الاستطلاع، تقديم جامعاتهم للمزيد من خيارات التعليم عن بعد إذا كان ذلك يعني دفع رسوم دراسية أقل. 

Six out of ten students worldwide (59%) have confirmed that they would prefer a shorter time to earn their university degree, which would reduce their tuition fees, up from 54% in 2021. And not only that, with the exception of China, India and the United States, the majority of surveyed countries agree on the number of students.

Only 54% of students worldwide believe that their university teachers / professors can provide high quality education online.

A quarter of students (25 percent) who have debt or study debt say it has made them so anxious that they have sought medical help because of it; 43% reported that these loans made them wish they had made a different decision (up from 38% in 2021); Although 28% of students think they will never be able to give it.

57% of students worldwide have had significant difficulty paying for housing, utility bills, food or medical care and medical services in the last 12 months.

Nearly one-third of students (32%) said their mental health had deteriorated since they began joining or returning to campus after widespread closure restrictions.

Around the world, 74% of students have confirmed their concern about the problem of climate change and around one third (29%) around the world said that the problem will affect their decision to have children. Nearly one-third of students worldwide (32%) indicated that they have reduced their meat consumption in the last five years due to environmental concerns. However, almost half of the students (48%) confirmed that they did not. Although 20% of students worldwide have confirmed that they have chosen a career with a focus on sustainability.

42% of students worldwide feel that their university / college works well with sustainable problems.

According to students around the world, high-quality career opportunities have emerged as one of the biggest challenges facing their generation. 28% of students said that “getting into a high quality job” was the most difficult challenge facing their generation, while 23% of students said that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

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