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Saudi Arabian recruiting agency in court against Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The agency recruiting students from Saudi Arabia is in court against the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The dispute over the commission over student fees led the Nahj Company to file a lawsuit against the college.

Nahj claims that the €16,000 fee for students entering medical admissions includes an additional €5,000 commission of the recruitment agency. The case came to light after the college denied the agency’s claims in this regard.

The case started in 2012, but the college provided a defence in 2016. The college asked to make Nahj provide written answers to some legal questions as part of the pre-trial proceedings. But Nahj was not ready for it. Nahj argued that court permission was required for questioning. Nahj also alleged that the college was trying to set up a defense by calling witnesses.

The college denied this and asked Mr. Justice Garrett Simons to resolve the dispute over the interrogation. The judge then ordered Nahj to answer the college’s interrogatories. He also directed that all pre-trial applications for proceedings be brought before him. He said it was concerning that the proceedings, which started in 2012, had not yet been brought to trial.

Company says…

The Nahj Company has alleged that the Royal College misrepresented Saudi officials that the fee was €21,000 instead of €16,000 per student. Between 2010 and 2014, the college continued to charge €5,000.

In the meantime, they tried to hide this fact by reducing the total fee from €21,000 to €18,000. The college had an obligation to maintain credibility as a partner in the contract entered into with the company, but it did not comply. This is a breach of contract.

College’s stance

The college claims to have received instructions in 2010 from the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on how to recruit students from that country. The proceedings changed accordingly. Since then, students have been recruited through the cultural section of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London.

The college said they ceased recruiting in Saudi. The fees charged by the Saudi ministry for students were reduced in an equal amount to that which had been paid to Nahj. This made it impossible to abide by the agreement between the college and Nahj.

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