University of Melbourne Magazine

Partnering Saudi Arabia on schools curriculum

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) to lead a largescale transformation of its schools’ curriculum beginning this year.

    The Ministry of Education will collaborate with University of Melbourne researchers to deliver a competencybased learning program to help strengthen the Kingdom’s capability as it assesses the economic challenges of the 21st century.

    The project was initiated by Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin (BSc 1968, MEd 1976). It will be conducted by the Assessment Research Centre, directed by Associate Professor Sandra Milligan.

    MGSE Dean Dr Jim Watterston said the collaboration was a wonderful opportunity for MGSE to partner with Saudi Arabia to deliver evidence-based research methods into classrooms.

    “We look forward to working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support a competency-based education program that aligns with its goals to provide a stimulating learning environment to promote knowledge and enhance the skills of students and teachers,” Dr Watterston said.