The first-ever Philippine school offering college courses to children of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia said it is still accepting enrollees.
The AMA Jeddah International Institute, located near the Mall of Arabia, is offering three college courses.
"You can have the facilities to study same as you are in the Philippines. You can also continue your university degree,” said AMA partner Sheikh Khalid Zainy.
“We'll be offering diploma programs like Business Administration, Computer Engineering and Information Technology,” said school director Charlie Dublon.
Dublon added that the school will also offer diploma courses in Computer Programming, Technician and Trouble Shooting and in office and networking.
The school is complete with facilities including a library, lecture rooms, computer and internet rooms each equipped with white boards and projectors.
"Maganda. Makakatulong sa mga magulang dahil yung mga magulang ayaw din pauwiin sa Pilipinas kasi mahirap na mawalay yung mga bata so mas magandang nandito sila,” said a parent Fatima Fernando.
Fernando’s son is enrolled at the school.
“I am taking up information technology because I am interested in computers and aside from that it is also in demand here in Saudi Arabia,” said Mustafa Fernando.
The school is OFW-friendly too. It offers morning, afternoon and evening sessions that working Filipinos can choose from.
An associate diploma will be given to students who complete a two-year course. To obtain a bachelor’s degree, the students have the option to pursue the remaining two years of studies in the Philippines.
“I'm glad that AMA College opened here so my brother can study here. We’re hoping that there'll be a female section here so the other female students who want to study here in AMA can stay here,” said Fei Fernando. Report from Francis Salud, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau correspondent, Jeddah