Talal bin Abdul Aziz, the chairman of the Arab Gulf Fund for the
United Nations Development Program (AGFUND), has said that the Open
Arab University project will start its academic studies in 2002, with
four major specializations in its first phase.
In an interview with the Egyptian
magazine 'al-Ahram al-Saudi', to be published tomorrow, Prince Talal
said that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon
and Jordan have submitted requests to open branches of the Open Arab
'However, the decision has been
already taken to open branches of the university in Jordan, Bahrain,
Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt,' he said.
Prince Talal said the estimated cost
of the university’s first phase was nearly $32 million, adding that
it will be funded by AGFUND.
'We have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Sir John Daniel, the Rector of the British Open
University and International Open University to enhance cooperation
between the two universities,' Prince Talal added.