Abstract Title | Excellence in Student Engagement Amongst Medical Students in Saudi Arabia: A Student Perspective


  1. Yousef R. Bukhari
  2. Amro K. Abdulrahman
  3. Abdullah Al-Shammari
  4. Abdulaziz Al-Muzayrie
  5. Waleed Alzahrani
  6. Mohammed Alsabbagh
  7. Supervisor: Professor Khalid A. Abdulrahman.


Best Practices in Student Engagement and Support




Medical school students as well as faculty members should be supporting the new concept of student engagement. The current study aims to explore Saudi medical students’ perceptions regarding the ASPIRE criteria for excellence in student engagement.

Student engagement can be defined in 4 points, 1) Behavioral focusing on student behavior and effective teaching practice, 2) Psychological focusing on the internal individual process of engagement, 3) Social-cultural focusing on the impact of the broader social, cultural and political context, 4) Holistic and attempts to combine the strands together.

It is important that engagement occurs early in university life, and attention to the establishment of relationships between staff and students is vital.

Summary of Work

The study type is cross sectional targeting Saudi medical students from the main well-known universities in Saudi Arabia with different teaching systems. The samples were randomly selected from five universities.

The study questionnaire was taken from the ASPIRE criteria for recognition of excellence in student engagement.

Data were collected online via Survey monkey analyzed using the statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) software.


Saudi medical students are supporting the concept of student engagement. Nevertheless, it is more effective in medical schools with PBL system than in those with the traditional teaching style. Students are fully aware of student engagement importance.

Students from medical schools applying PBL system agree to the concept of involving students in the accreditation process for the school more than traditional medical schools' students.

There is a direct proportional relationship between GPA and student engagement. Further studies should be conducted around the world to explore the international medical students’ perception toward student engagement.


We would like to thank Professor Khalid A. Abdulrahman for his supervision. Also King Saud University, Qassim University, King Abdulaziz University and Taibah University for their support and help in distribuiting the questionnaire forms to their students.





Summary of Results

759 students had participated in the study. The number of medical students who agreed to student engagement and ASPIRE criteria was more than those who disagreed. 43.9% of students who agreed had a 4.5-5 GPA as shown in figure 1. However, the number of students who agreed was higher in students from medical schools using problem based learning (PBL) system than in students from traditional medical schools without the PBL system.

Figure 2 shows More students from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic university (87.8%) had agreed that students should be involved formally and informally in peer teaching than students from other universities (P = 0.0001).

Figure 3 demonstrates that More students from Universities with Problem based learning system agree to the idea of involving students in the accreditation process for the school than traditional system university students (P = 0.0001).

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