- Dr. Rimah holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Princess Nourah University, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in the same field
Dr. Rimah Saleh Al-Yahya is the first female deputy minister of private higher education at the Saudi Ministry of Education.
An active researcher in the field of immigrant literature, her primary focus of interest is in developing higher education practices.
Al-Yahya served as the first female vice rector of Prince Sultan University and acting dean of the College of Humanities at the same university.
She was also a member of several academic committees and research groups, both local and regional, and held a number of academic and administrative positions between 2012 and 2019.
As the daughter of a diplomat, Al-Yahya was raised in the US and returned to Saudi Arabia after completing her basic education.
She began her career in academia as a lecturer in English literature, working at the College of Education, Prince Sultan University, and the Arab Open University before moving to Princess Nourah University in 2006 as chairwoman of the English and translation department.
She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Princess Nourah University, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in the same field.
In October 2016, Al-Yahya received the Middle East Education Leadership Award, offered by the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Due to her passion for social work, she earned the title of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Women’s Development in Saudi Arabia from the Multipurpose Inter-Parliamentary Union in June 2016.