‘We have lost a knight in the field of culture’
December 26, 2012
RIYADH – Ministers and princes recalled the valuable services and contributions of Prince Turki Bin Sultan, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information for Information Affairs, who died Tuesday at the age of 53.
“We have lost a knight in the field of culture and information,” said Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja.
The late prince had many accomplishments in a number of sectors starting from his work as Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Studies, then Undersecretary for External Information, Assistant Minister, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information for Information Affairs, and as General Supervisor of Saudi sports channels, Dr. Khoja said.
A funeral prayer will be performed after Asr prayer at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh Wednesday, according to a statement from the Royal Court.
Prince Turki was a brilliant student. In his high school final exam in 1976, he ranked first in the Kingdom. He enrolled at King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1980-1981 where he completed a bachelor’s degree in arts with a major in media and graduated magna cum laude. He also scored the highest GPA in the university.
He joined Syracuse University, New York, and completed a master’s degree in international media. He outclassed 19,000 American students and was given the title of Extraordinary Student. It was the first time a non-American student was awarded the title.
For his outstanding performance, Prince Turki was offered one year’s training at CBS news station as its New York representative in 1983.