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Sunday, September 10, 2006

U.S. schools compete for Saudi students
Kingdom gives scholarships to thousands for new exchange program
The Associated Press Updated: 5:03 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2006
 
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Thousands of students from Saudi Arabia are enrolling on
college campuses across the United States this semester under a new
educational exchange program brokered by President Bush and Saudi King
Abdullah.
 
The program will quintuple the number of Saudi students and scholars here by
the academic year's end. And big, public universities from Florida to the
Kansas plains are in a fierce competition for their tuition dollars.
 
The kingdom's royal family - which is paying full scholarships for most of
the 15,000 students - says the program will help
stem unrest at home by schooling the country's brightest in the American
tradition. The U.S. State Department sees the exchange as a way to build
ties with future Saudi leaders and young scholars at a time of unsteady
relations with the Muslim world.

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