Students to benefit from state-of-the-art, digital resources.

Preparatory Year Deanship at Um Al Qura University and Pearson Education to provide 13,000 students with e-learning technology
Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 21st May, 2015: The Preparatory Year Deanship at Um Al Qura University (PYP-UQU) has announced it is partnering with the world’s largest learning company, Pearson, to provide students with online learning and assessment technology.

Under the agreement, Pearson will provide the University with 13,000 licences for the digital products, MyMathLab, MyITLab and MasteringPhysics. This will provide PYD-UQU students with a user-friendly, single point of entry for all courses and ebooks.
The partnership will also see Pearson equip PYD-UQU with related software, services and hardcopy books. In order to gain maximum benefit from the new technology, staff at PYD-UQU will be provided with ongoing training from Pearson technical experts.
The agreement follows the emerging trend in Saudi Arabia of higher education institutions taking up learning technology at an institution-wide level. Since the launch of the Saudi Government’s National Plan for Information Technology, many universities in the Kingdom have been moving towards full digital adaption.
It is hoped the implementation of the new technology will drive learner results at PYD-UQU and give educators more time to concentrate on helping their students achieve. Mr. Paul Harte, Country Manager of Pearson, Saudi Arabia, says:
“Every educator will tell you that each and every student learns in a different way. Adaptive learning technology, like the technology being implemented at PYD-UQU allows educators to easily teach to the specific learning needs of individual student. Using data and analytics, learning content is personalised to reinforce concepts that cater to individual strengths and weaknesses. Evidence shows that adaptive learning technology helps to create greater engagement, improved knowledge retention and support subject matter mastery. Pearson is delighted to be bringing these results to PYD-UQU and we look forward to seeing the impact of this new e-learning technology on the University’s students”.
Dr Ghassan Nouman, Dean PYD-UQU, says staff and students are looking forward to the rollout of the new programmes.
“PYD-UQU is keen to embrace the latest and most effective learning technologies available and this agreement will ensure we are on track to achieving this goal. Our lecturers are excited by the benefits this new Pearson technology will bring, helping them effectively engage their learners, and minimise time spent on administrative tasks. Similarly, feedback from learners has been positive, as the new programmes will facilitate their learning anywhere, anytime, and put them at the centre of their learning experience”.

The new technology will be available to PYD-UQU staff and students from the start of the next academic year, beginning in August 2015.

Saudi Rail Sector to Benefit from 3,000 New Trainees.

Saudi Railway Polytechnic and TQ Pearson Launch Kingdom’s First Rail Training College
Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, 29th June, 2014: To meet Saudi Arabia’s increasing demand for highly trained, well qualified workers, international education provider, TQ Pearson has opened a brand new College in Buraydah, Al Qassim Province. The Saudi Railway Polytechnic (SRP) will give young Saudi men world class technical training, as well as English language skills, to help them become the country’s rail technicians of the future.

The SRP is the first ever railway polytechnic to be opened in Saudi Arabia. Working in partnership with the Saudi Railways Company (SAR), the College will be operated by TQ Pearson, a company which also administers several of the Kingdom’s Colleges of Excellence. SRP will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 students, between the ages of 19 and 23, at any one time. Students of the College, which are drawn from all over the country, will undergo a rigorous application process. The intensive selection procedure includes a two week period of interviews and placement assessment, ensuring the most suitable students are selected for enrolment.

Training at SRP will take three years to complete, covering general employability skills such as English language, as well as technical competencies in rail sector disciplines including rolling stock, railway infrastructure, signalling, telecommunications and railway operations. On the job training is given priority throughout the programme, helping to make SRP graduates ready to quickly contribute to their new workplaces upon graduation. The College will work closely with employers from the railway industry throughout Saudi Arabia to help graduates of SRP find secure and meaningful employment.
EngrAbdulaziz Al SogairSRP Director says:
“The railway industry is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important industries. With so many businesses and individuals relying on the rail network, it has paramount importance for commerce, trade, government and personal activities. It is at the heart of the country’s economy, with many of our most profitable sectors relying on railways for transport. As such a large industry, railway employers are consistently seeking new recruits who have excellent technical knowledge, and strong transferable skills.Therefore, young people who have certified and recognised qualifications in this field will have good future work prospects available to them, and the opportunity to have a well-renumerated career in the Saudi Railways Company (SAR). SAR in partnership with TVTC provide a level of education that will ensure the very best trained and qualified technicians are in place to support the future rail industry of Saudi Arabia.”
The first cohort of students began at the College in April this year. This initial group of 60 students has been undertaking a pre-foundation English course in preparation for the foundation English course due to begin this September. It is expected that this cohort of students will be ready to embark on an intermediate to advanced English language course by September 2015.
So far, this first cohort has achieved great success, with 100 per cent attendance rates to date and high levels of educational attainment.
The emphasis on English language and employability skills will make SRP students highly sort after in the Kingdom’s competitive job market. Dominik Wellmann, who headed up the TQ Pearson team responsible for launching the programme says:
“Through a world-class faculty and quality educational resources, SRP will deliver technical and vocational skills specifically relevant to the rail industry. But the strength of SRP qualifications also lie in the emphasis SRP places on work readiness skills, such as English language. Regardless of the industry or sector, English language skills are a necessary part of survival in today’s business world. Those students who have strong English capabilities are more likely to gain rewarding employment, and more likely to progress through their careers at a faster rate. English language, like other 21st Century skills such as communication, team work and leadership, are becoming increasingly important in setting a candidate apart in a tight labour market. By equipping our students with these skills, we hope that they can achieve sustainable and rewarding employment in Saudi Arabia’s rail industry”.
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Education budget provides an opportunity to transform the lives of young Saudis.

Pearson Welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Renewed Commitment to Education
  
Riyadh, KSA, 22 June 2014: The world’s largest learning company, Pearson, has welcomed the Saudi Arabian Government’s five year plan to develop its education sector.

The plan, approved by King Abdullah will see more than US$21.33bn (SAR80bn) spent on improving education in the Kingdom. Included in the education overhaul is the training of approximately 25,000 teachers, as well as building the online capabilities of educational institutions to promote e-learning. The funds are in addition to the already sizeable budget Saudi Arabia annually allocates to education.
Pearson has pledged its support for the new education initiative, considering it a way of improving the prospects of individuals throughout Saudi Arabia and securing the long-term economic viability of the country.
With around 58 percent of the Kingdom’s population under the age of 25, the country has one of the world’s largest youth bulges, a result of an unprecedented population boom over the past 40 years that is yet to reach its peak. The growing population of young people in Saudi Arabia is a trend echoed throughout the Arab World, with the youth populations of the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) averaging between one third to one half of the overall population – making it one of the youngest regions in the world.
Saudi Arabia’s youth bulge presents the country with significant challenges, but also unique opportunities, if managed in the right way. Tapping into the potential of Saudi’s youthful demographic, and channelling its creative energy and productivity into a resourceful workforce will have enormous rewards for the future economic fortunes of the country. But education will be key to realising these possibilities.
At present, there is a significant gap between the needs of business and industry, and the skills and knowledge being provided by the country’s education system. Young Saudis are finishing their education at higher levels than ever before, but are finding it increasingly difficult to find meaningful employment. At the same time, research shows that employers throughout the Kingdom, and across the GCC, cannot find enough appropriately skilled workers to fill their human resource requirements. Saudi Arabia, like its neighbours also suffers from a lack of workers trained for in-demand professions in the engineering, science and medical fields.
Pearson Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Asiri, believes the education commitments of the Kingdom’s Government will play a critical role in overcoming these challenges, equipping the country’s young people with an education that can propel development and improve the lives of all Saudis. She says:
“The unique demographic make-up of Saudi Arabia is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the country. The large – and growing – number of young people entering the workforce can be a competitive advantage for the country’s economy in the global marketplace, but only if there are jobs – and good jobs – available, and only if candidates for those jobs are suitably qualified to perform effectively in the workplace.
“The first step in making this happen is building a world-class education system that provides the types of skills needed by Saudi’s employers in the public and private sectors, and in industries with the greatest demand. This means fostering capabilities in the areas of mathematics, science, technology and engineering. And as English increases its dominance as the global language of business, this also means we need to embed English language training across our curriculums. English language is just one of many, transferable 21stcentury skills that will be necessary for empowering a future generation of young Saudi workers. Other include innovation, team work, communication, digital savviness and leadership. By adopting an education system built on these principles we can help create a base of productive young Saudis, capable of accelerating the Kingdom’s drive towards a diversified, knowledge-based economy and fostering sustainable, long-term growth”.
Pearson has a significant presence in Saudi Arabia. The company is working closely with the Tatweer Company for Educational Development (T4EDU) to provide professional development programmes for the Kingdom’s mathematics and science teachers. T4EDU has also awarded Pearson a contract to improve the English language skills of Saudi teachers in an effort to build the overall quality of English language instruction throughout the country. As part of the project, Pearson will monitor the quality of Saudi’s English language providers against stringent international standards. Pearson is also working with Saudi universities and other educational institutions, such as the Colleges of Excellence, to deliver academic and vocational programmes and rollout digital learning initiatives.
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About Pearson: Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com

Training begins for first cohort of Saudi ‘Master’ educators

T4EDU Math and Science Teacher Development Programme expected to have positive impact on math and science education in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 June 2014: Mathematics and science education should see notable improvements as a result of new teacher training initiatives being rolled out in the Kingdom, says Pearson Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Asiri.

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is working closely with the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4edu) to roll out a ‘train-the-trainer’ programme. The new programme will see Master trainers provide professional development to mathematics and science teachers across the country and help positively change teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning.
T4edu is the company tasked with rolling out the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project, a large scale programme of reform that will shape the future of education across the Kingdom. Pearson believes that improving the knowledge and skills of teachers through the new train-the-trainer initiative will be key to raising math and science standards in Saudi Arabia’s schools, and helping fulfil some of the key goals of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project.
A recent global report from Pearson and the Economist Intelligence Unit called The Learning Curve (www.thelearningcurve.pearson.com) stressed the importance of great teachers in providing great learning. Enhancing the learning outcomes of mathematics and science students in Saudi Arabia will therefore be closely linked to the country’s teachers having strong content and pedagogical knowledge in these fields.
The first cohort of potential Master Trainers began their training programme in Riyadh in early May. The 80 participants are the first of 500 expected to undertake the programme over the next two years. The Master Trainers will be responsible for training over 100,000 of the Kingdom’s primary and secondary mathematics and science teachers – building capacity and capability amongst Saudi Arabia’s mathematics and science teaching community.
The programme is a flagship component of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project and of great importance to the Saudi Government who is seeking to improve the level of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the Kingdom. Research suggests that supporting teaching and learning in these subjects is important for long-term economic growth and prosperity. A 2013 Report from the Brookings Institute found that workers in the STEM field play a direct role in driving economic competiveness and in the invention, creation and maintenance of technologies that drive economic growth. The Report also noted that 20 percent of jobs in the United States are in the STEM field, and that the share of jobs requiring STEM knowledge has more than doubled since the Industrial Revolution.
Dr Mohammed AlZaghibi, General Director of the STEM Educational Initiative from T4EDU, says:
“We are delighted to be working with Pearson to deliver a programme that will help improve the overall standard of mathematics and science teaching – and learning – in our country. Our company has been tasked with the important goal of driving the development of Saudi Arabia’s public education system and thereby contributing to the growth of a knowledge economy that is competitive in the global marketplace. Having a population that has strong skills in the mathematics and science disciplines will be critical to achieving this goal. Maths and science knowledge is essential to a wide-range of professions that drive innovation and productivity – by building strong capability in these areas we can also help build the long-term future of our country”.
Mr Asiri believes that raising mathematics and science results in Saudi Arabia will not only have a positive effect on the economy, but also open up excellent career opportunities to individuals. He says:
“Our education system must keep pace with the requirements of our rapidly growing economy – As the Saudi economy develops there is increasing demand for employees who have excellent knowledge and skills in the areas of mathematics and science. Pearson is thrilled to be working with T4EDU to help improve the learning outcomes of students in these fields so that they are equipped to take full advantage of the significant opportunities available in the job market – both now and in the years ahead.”
By reaching such a large number of educators, it is hoped the programme will have a positive effect on Saudi Arabia’s ranking for math and science in international education tables such as TIMMS and PISA. Mr Asiri says that raising the country’s performance in these subjects is a priority for Pearson, a company that has made a public pledge to measure the effectiveness of its programmes.
“In 2013, Pearson committed to guaranteeing the efficacy of its entire offering – we want to visibly improve peoples’ lives through learning. The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme has the potential to achieve this goal. By operating on such a vast scale, the programme will have an impact on hundreds of thousands of Saudi school children in all parts of the country. Giving these learners better access to first-rate math and science teaching will open up new opportunities for them in the job market, and provide them with the STEM skills and knowledge necessary to drive innovation and productivity in the country’s economy”.
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 About Pearson:
Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 85 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.
About T4EDU:
T4EDU is one of the subsidiaries of Tatweer Holding Company, a government owned company and the exclusive executer of Tatweer. T4EDU currently works on implementing a number strategic educational projects and programmes that aim at developing the practice professional development in public education.             

For more information about the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) Math and Science Teacher Development Programme, please contact amanda.collins@pearson.com

Pearson – SOCPA Partnership Brings New Learning Opportunities to Saudi Accountants.

The Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) and World’s Largest Learning Company, Pearson, offer new Arabic learning materials to the Kingdom’s accountancy students.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2 June 2014: Saudi Arabia’s accountancy industry has become increasingly sophisticated over recent years, expanding the demand for high-quality professional education materials. To meet this rise in demand, the Kingdom’s industry group for accountants, SOCPA has collaborated with Pearson to translate textbooks from English to Arabic. The new texts will cover both intermediate and advanced levels of Financial Accounting and Auditing, and can be utilised by both university students and practicing professionals in Saudi Arabia, and across the Arab world.

The agreement governing the new relationship between the parties has been signed in Riyadh by Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Moghames, Secretary General of SOCPA, and Mohammed Asiri, who heads Pearson’s operations in Saudi Arabia.
The establishment of SOCPA, and introduction of new accounting and auditing standards in the Kingdom has led to an increased number of accountants in the country looking to improve their qualification level and meet ongoing professional development requirements. Mr Asiri says that the translation of the popular texts will make it easier for accountants to undertake professional learning, and keep abreast of the rapid changes affecting the Kingdom’s accountancy sector:
“SOCPA has undertaken remarkable efforts to ensure the very best in international courses are available in accountancy departments throughout Saudi Arabia. This, in conjunction with the Arabic adaption of these popular and widely used texts will enable learners at either university or professional level adapt more easily to the developments currently affecting the profession. These texts are useful in helping learners better understand international accountancy practices and standards, and have been chosen on the advice of leading accountancy and education experts”.
Mr Asiri says that it is critical that learners have access to texts that will support them in understanding national and international requirements, given the importance of a strong accountancy profession to the country’s overall financial and economic performance.
“Clear and reliable accountancy standards have many benefits, not just for the accountancy profession, but for a country’s economy as a whole. There are links between the quality of accountancy standards and a country’s ability to achieve positive economic transformations. Strong and dependable accountancy practices in Saudi Arabia could help to attract increased levels of Foreign Direct Investment and help further diversify the country’s economy, making Saudi Arabia even more competitive in the global market place.
“Pearson has committed to making such resources widely available. Not only have we adapted the aforementioned texts, we have also released a series of university level texts especially created for this region, known as the Arab World Editions. This series includes titles that the cover finance and accounting disciplines, and include examples, case studies and language that are specifically relevant to the Gulf region. By developing contextualised resources like this we are aiming to make education more engaging for Arab learners, and improve learning outcomes, not only in accounting and finance disciplines, but across a whole spectrum of subjects offered throughout Arab world”.
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About Pearson:

Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.