New Polytechnic to Develop Next Generation of Workers for Petroleum Services Industry.

TQ Construction and Drilling Training Center Inaugurated in Dammam.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia, 27th February, 2014: Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam on Thursday, February 27th, to launch the newest Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP), the Construction and Drilling Training Center. His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz attended the Inauguration, along with His Excellency, Eng. Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; Dr Ali Nasir Al-Ghofais, Governor of TVTC and His Excellency Mr Khalid Al-Falih, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco.

The Construction and Drilling Training Center is the fourth SPSP to be opened in the Kingdom, with the original SPSP campus also located in Dammam, and other centers in Al Khafji and Rabigh. The Polytechnics are a joint initiative of the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and Chevron, Saudi Arabia, Aramco Gulf Operations Company and Saudi Aramco. The SPSP colleges have been designed to provide training solutions specific to the oil and gas industries.
The Construction and Drilling Training Center will offer courses of two years’ duration in Crane Operations, Rigging, Scaffolding and Drilling, all of which combine an academic component with practical application. Short courses will also be on offer in the areas of Health and Safety, Construction, Drilling and Management. The Center has a purpose-built training area complete with vessels, pipe-work and structures all designed for future riggers, scaffolders and heavy machinery operators to practice new skills in a realistic, but safely controlled environment.
TQ will supply the new Center with all academic and technical training, curriculum development, professional development for educators and support services. The internationally recognised qualifications available through the Center are accredited by TQ’s parent company, Pearson.
Mr Abdullah Al-Yami, Executive Director of SPSP saidthey liaised closely with industry to develop the Center’s programmes, consulting with some of the Eastern Province’s largest organisations, including Saudi Aramco.
“Working with private organisations to develop our programmes helps ensure our students are acquiring the skills and knowledge that will make them valuable to future employers. Not only do our programmes provide students with qualifications in the industry areas in need of more workers, they also give students the generic skills necessary to perform well in the workplace, such as teamwork, work ethic, leadership and problem-solving capabilities”.
Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in January, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, Khalid Al-Falih, said there is a mismatch between the education system and the needs of the petro-chemical industry, which threatened the industry’s overall stability.
“Here is an industry that is growing, that is very profitable…and more often than not, companies in our industry are constrained by growth because of a lack of skilled human resources, while they are living or working in countries where there is high unemployment…this issue of a mismatch is real”.
A recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) report found that skills shortages in petro-chemical industries are a global problem. An aging workforce compounds the problem, with more than half the industry’s employee base likely to leave the workforce over the course of the next decade, and an inadequate number of young people joining its ranks.
However, Pearson’s Managing Director for the region, Karim Daoud, said the new Center should help meet the growing demand in Saudi Arabia for workers with a vocational qualification relevant to the petro-chemical sector, and help young people find employment.

“With youth unemployment in Saudi Arabia significantly higher than the base unemployment rate, we need to look at why so many of our young people are finding it difficult to enter the workplace. Pearson’s research has shown that part of the problem is a mismatch between what students are learning in their education, and the types of skills and qualifications organisations actually need. Vocational education has long been seen as the lesser alternative to a university degree, but this is no longer a reality. The workforce is demanding employees with vocational qualifications, and those students who acquire a vocational education are often finding it easier to secure interesting work that is well-remunerated. The new Dammam Center has been welcomed by leading oil and gas organisations because they see it as part of the broader solution of reducing the skills gap and producing profitable, efficient businesses”.

Third Party English Language Providers to Meet New Quality Standards.

Pearson secures contract with T4EDU to develop new standards for providers and monitor improvements to English language training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a project under King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Project for Development of Public Education.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 25 January 2014: Developing the standard of English language providers in Saudi Arabia is at the centre of a new project to be delivered by Tatweer, Saudi Arabia’s strategic education services company, and Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.  

The English Partnership Management Project is a flagship programme of the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) in implementing King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Project for Development of Public Education, and forms part of Saudi Arabia’s broader education reform agenda to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the Kingdom.
The project aims to improve the English language proficiency of teachers in order to enhance the quality of English language teaching throughout the Kingdom.  Under the contract, Pearson has been tasked with ensuring that the quality of English language instruction delivered to teachers meets stringent, international standards.  Throughout this project, Pearson will monitor the performance of third party English language training providers who work with the Kingdom’s English language teachers.  
The programme will feature a number of initiatives affecting Saudi Arabia’s English language training providers, including:
·         Creating a new qualification framework.
·         Evaluating and certifying English language providers.
·         Monitoring providers through a Quality Assurance and Performance Framework that includes performance indicators, benchmarks and data collection methods.
·         Conducting quality assurance audits of English language training providers and providing regular reports to T4EDU.
·         Conducting language testing to monitor teacher proficiency before, during and after the period of consultancy.
·         Building capacity within T4EDU to continue a programme of certification, evaluation and quality assurance of English language training providers.
Mohammed Asiri, Pearson’s Country Manager in Saudi Arabia, says: “Pearson is honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to further establish ourselves as a leading provider of high quality educational solutions in the region and to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s educational development. The signing of this contract follows an announcement earlier in 2013 that Pearson will provide teacher training for the country’s mathematics and science teachers.
Pearson will draw on its access to leading international education experts to ensure the English Partnership Management Project meets international standards and best practice in educational quality assurance, all the while tailoring the delivery of the rollout to the needs of the Saudi Arabian market”.
Pearson has recently announced a public, global commitment to ensure the efficacy of all its products and services to measurably improve the learning outcomes of those that use them. Mr Asiri says that Pearson’s ‘efficacy promise’ will apply to all of Pearson’s work in the Arab world, particularly the T4EDU project: “Like all large-scale Pearson projects, the English Partnership Management Programme will be scrutinised to ensure it leads to positive, demonstrable benefits for learners. Pearson is committed to helping learners everywhere progress their lives through learning. We are backing up this promise through our new global education strategy, which includes an Efficacy Framework – Pearson’s approach for ensuring its products and services enable students to learn what they need to make progress. We look forward to reviewing the results of the English Partnership Management Programme following its implementation, and we are confident it will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of English language teaching and learning in Saudi Arabia.”
The English Partnership Management Programme begins early in 2014.
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New Tatweer Project to Improve Kingdom’s Standard of Math and Science Teaching.

Over 100,000 Math and Science teachers under King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Project for Development of Public Education to undergo world-class professional development training across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh, KSA, 21 January 2014:Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) the exclusive executer of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Project for Development of Public Education, Saudi Arabia’s strategic education services company, has announced that the world’s leading learning company, Pearson, will deliver a flagship project to provide Saudi Arabian teachers with professional development training aimed at improving learning outcomes in the Kingdom.

The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme is a ground-breaking initiative of the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU). The project forms part of Saudi Arabia’s broader education reforms, which are seeking to raise the standard of teaching across the entire spectrum of Saudi’s education system, and increase the country’s standing in international educational comparison tables.
Pearson is working with Tatweer to roll out professional development programmes for the Kingdom’s mathematics and science teachers, with the aim of enhancing student achievement in these disciplines. The programme, which can take up to two years to complete, will provide participants with an advanced level of content knowledge and pedagogy in math and science instruction. The programme will promote instructional excellence and innovation through the professional development courses based on internationally recognised, research based principals of professional learning. The programme incorporates online, face to face and self-study training, giving participants maximum flexibility and personalization in their learning.
Professional Development Director at Pearson in the Middle East, Amanda Collins says at the centre of this programme is a train-the-trainer initiative, which will see 500 Saudi-based educators undergo an intensive programme to form an active community of math and science educators who can deliver the programmes throughout the country in the future. 
“Pearson will train a core team of staff from the Ministry of Education who will be be accredited to deliver the Math and Science Teacher Development Programme to primary and secondary math and science teachers throughout Saudi Arabia. This capacity-building focus of Pearson’s agreement with Tatweer will ensure this new math and science pedagogy is firmly embedded in schools across the Kingdom, and help develop an on-going culture of professional development and learning amongst Saudi teachers – something that will inevitably benefit local learners”. 
The Kingdom’s Government has made student achievement in the fields of English language, science, technology, engineering and math a priority in its recent education initiatives, given the importance of these subjects to the future economic development of the country. It is hoped that the introduction of the Math and Science programme will aid in the implementation of the new Saudi Math and Science Curriculum and increase student interest and engagement in these areas. Encouraging student success in these fields will also help to alleviate some of the demand the region is experiencing for school and university graduates with strong math and science skills.
Pearson’s Senior Vice President for Professional Development, Sherry Preiss, says international research consistently shows the importance of teacher education to improving student outcomes across all subject areas:
“The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme recognises the research-based evidence that the biggest single impact on student achievement is teacher quality. Therefore, in order to improve the level of math and science success amongst Saudi school students, there is a strong need to build both teachers’ subject area knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy skills. These programmes will do that by developing teachers’ abilities to implement practical, interactive, teaching strategies for leading students in inquiry based learning”.
The programme is intended to empower the Kingdom’s educators by combining Saudi cultural values with international best practices. Designed with the experience of Saudi educators in mind, local content and pedagogy experts will help ensure all resources meet the needs of Saudi teachers.
Pearson’s Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Asiri, says that creating culturally specific programmes was a priority for both Pearson and Tatweer:
“Pearson has worked with millions of learners and educators in more than 85 countries around the world. If there is one thing this international experience has shown us, it is that learning is at its most successful when it is tailored and relevant to those undertaking it. That is why with these programmes we have been sure to adapt the language, content, examples and case studies used throughout the course so they are contextualised for the Saudi learner. Great care has been taken to ensure the entire programme is in keeping with local values”.
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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 programs that aim at developing the practice professional development in public education.            

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

The world’s largest female university introduces digital learning technology.

Gains in Female Education in Saudi Arabia Continue with New E-Learning Initiatives
Riyadh, KSA, 23 October 2013: 12,000 new female university entrants in Saudi Arabia will have access to ground breaking learning technology under a new agreement between the world’s largest female-only university and the global education solutions provider, Pearson.

Riyadh’s Princess Noura University has partnered with Pearson to provide its preparatory year students with IT course content for tablet devices as part of the University’s efforts to build a world class digital learning environment for its students. The content will be delivered through Pearson’s MyLabs e-learning technology, an online homework and tutorial system that is used by tertiary institutions around the world. The agreement represents the rapid move towards digital learning in Saudi’s higher education sector, as the KSA Government continues to channel unprecedented funds into creating a world class education system in the country.
As part of its wider education reforms, the Saudi Arabian government has invested heavily in female education, leading to a significant rise in the number of females in the Kingdom finishing school and entering university. Around 60 per cent of the country’s graduates are now female, with an increasing number of young Saudi women attaining both bachelor’s and post graduate degrees. Educational attainment has become a priority among many young women, and the Saudi Government is working hard to ensure this demographic achieves its learning potential. Government allowances are provided to women so that they can complete their degrees, and Government scholarships are being awarded to Saudi women – giving them the opportunity to study in some of the world’s leading universities.
While female participation in the workforce remains low by international standards, it is nevertheless improving – tripling between 1992 and 2010. Tapping into female productivity brings with it significant economic benefits for the country, including a reduction in unemployment figures and an increase in competition, innovation and entrepreneurship.
These gains are being built on by the digital learning initiatives being implemented in learning institutions across the country. The Saudi Government has introduced a unified, national e-learning strategy which will help universities to make e-learning a focus of their activities, replacing their curricula with digital materials. The introduction of e-learning into Saudi’s universities is particularly beneficial for women, as flexible learning options allow women to overcome traditional barriers to higher education, such as distance, cost and social norms.
Pearson’s Saudi Arabia Country Manager, Mohammed Asiri says the establishment of Pearson’s MyLabs e-learning technology at PNU is expected to deliver consistent, measurable gains in student learning.
“MyLabs technology is used by over 11 million students around the world each year. Therefore, we have reliable data that shows the technology can have a positive impact on student outcomes, retention and subsequent course success. Not every student learns the same way and at the same rate, and programmes such as MyLabs recognise this. The technology allows instructors and students to personalise content – reinforcing course concepts in a way that targets the strengths and weaknesses of each student. This programme is an excellent example of how technology can be used to make a real difference in an individual’s life”.
Asiri says that mobilising Saudi Arabia’s female human resources will not only be beneficial to individual Saudi women, but to the country’s economy as a whole as it becomes an increasingly competitive, globalised economy. He says providing young Saudi women with excellent digital and IT skills will play a significant role in this mobilisation.

“The introduction of some of the world’s best learning technology into Princess Noura University will help the university’s students achieve their learning goals, and equip them with the skills they need to thrive in Saudi’s increasingly digitally-reliant economy. The partnership between PNU and Pearson will help create female graduates that are extremely computer literate – helping guarantee the productiveness of Saudi’s future workforce”.

Preparatory meeting for ‘International Exhibition & Forum for Education (IEFE)’ discusses education investment in KSA focuses on special education needs

Saudi Arabia’s spend on education is 5.6% of its GDP, higher than the world average of 4.4%
Dubai, UAE, 9 October 2013: The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that over a billion people, about 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability and children with disabilities are less likely to attend and complete school than those without any impediments.

These startling figures were discussed at a preparatory meeting held in Dubai on 3rd October this year for The International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE) which will be take place in February 2014. The focus of this meeting was to highlight the investments being made by the KSA government in education, discussing partnership opportunities for investors while discussing the deployment of smart technologies in special needs education for children.
IEFE 2014 will be held in Al Riyadh Convention and Exhibition Centre and will showcase the major drive towards education improvements in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is the largest education market in MENA and spends 5.6% of its GDP in education, which is higher than the world average of 4.4% and the North American average of 5.1%, according to Al Masah Capital research report.
The opening address was delivered by Dr. Ahmed Dandany, General Manager of Educational Supplies and Teaching Technologies in The KSA Ministry of Education, followed by Edward Abankwa, Programme Director, IEFE 2014. Dr. Dandany highlighted the purpose of IEFE, educational achievements so far aided by the annual occurrence of this programme, the reasons for a renewed focus on special needs education and other Ministry initiatives. Dr. Dandany said: “Education completion gaps are found across all age groups in all settings, as the difference in achievement between those needing special attention and those who do not is very high in the Arab countries. IEFE in its fourth edition has an aim of reducing this gap and make education accessible to all – and also aid this effort through the deployment of smart solutions.”
Edward Abankwa also delivered a presentation on the actual IEFE programme and highlighted the opportunities available for education suppliers across a wide product category ranges and encouraged participants to attend and exhibit their solutions at the event next year.
There was also a Smart Technology in Education panel discussion featuring contributors from Microsoft, IDP and National Geographic. 
IEFE 2014 is open to local and international education suppliers and organisations, and also universities and colleges who are looking to develop international education and training partnerships and programmes.
The previous edition of IEFE took place in February this year and provided a platform for local and international education sector organisations to meet and form business partnerships across various educational segments including, but not limited to IT, curriculum development, special needs, building and construction, quality and accreditation, leadership and training, sports and science equipment.
Highlights of programme included more than 30 countries represented at the exhibition, 15,000 sq. m of exhibition space occupied by local and international supplier organisations and service providers to the education sector and 50 keynote addresses by international industry experts.  Visitor numbers also increased 15% from the previous edition of IEFE. 
Attendees at the event in 2014 will again include senior decision makers from Saudi and GCC Governments ministries, universities, colleges and public and private schools, senior representatives from international educational institutions, investors, educational agents, technology providers, research & developments agencies, corporations affiliated to education sector, training organizations and key service providers.

Edward Abankwa concluded: “We will also showcase the latest technology and knowledge solutions from international and local suppliers of education equipment and infrastructure aimed at achieving excellence and innovation in public and private education in the region.”

Growth of e-learning in KSA marks the next phase of educational development in the country.

E-Learning Initiatives Help Realise Saudi’s Vision of a Knowledge-Based Economy
Riyadh, KSA, Dubai, UAE, 7 October 2013: As Saudi Arabia realises its long-term goals of improving literacy and school attendance rates, embedding e-learning in Saudi schools and universities is fast becoming the next major education challenge for the country.

Saudi Arabia has achieved remarkable improvements in education over recent years, with literacy hitting an all-time high of 96 per cent, and 99 per cent of school age children in the Kingdom now attending school. With basic education indicators firmly on a pathway of success, education experts are now looking to e-learning as the next focus of Saudi Arabia’s education policy.
Establishing e-learning as the norm in Saudi educational institutions is already well underway. Higher education institutions have undergone major changes in recent years, as they offer blended learning options, moving away from entirely face-to-face delivery. Digital learning tools, such as e-texts and online learning systems are becoming increasingly common in universities throughout the country.
The Kingdom’s burgeoning e-learning capability was the focus of the recent conference hosted by the Saudi National Centre for E-Learning and Distance Learning and King Khalid University. The theme of the conference was “Development and Shareability in E-Learning” and brought together e-learning deans from universities across Saudi Arabia and around the world. Leading international experts in education technology discussed the latest innovations in digital education, and how they can be leveraged to improve the learning outcomes of Saudi tertiary students.
A speaker at the Conference, Dr Jeff Borden, Pearson’s Vice President of Instruction and Academic Strategy and Lead at the Centre of Online Learning, has had global experience in designing e-learning programmes for learning institutions. Dr Borden believes that entrenching a culture of e-learning in higher education is also critical to the Saudi Government’s goal of achieving a diversified, knowledge based economy.
“Saudi Arabia’s commitment to improving education has led to significant gains in the country’s key education indicators. According to data from the World Bank and the OECD, illiteracy in Saudi Arabia has fallen to below 4 per cent and more and more school leavers are now entering higher education. The country is now in an excellent position to continue to build on these significant educational and associated economic gains by harnessing the power of digital learning solutions”.
“International research demonstrates that the dissemination of e-learning technology in universities contributes meaningfully to the development of knowledge based economies. This is in part because e-learning helps more people engage in higher levels of learning as historical learning constraints such as distance or lack of time are broken down. E-learning also fosters the skills necessary in the development and building of a knowledge based economy, which in turn leads to growth in productivity, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness. By embracing e-learning solutions, Saudi universities are therefore contributing to the long-term prosperity of the country as a whole.”  
Mohammed Asiri, Pearson’s Country Manager in Saudi Arabia believes that the educational technology adopted by universities in Saudi Arabia will be effective in improving student learning outcomes and lead to tangible improvements in institutions’ results.

“Pearson has been working closely with a number of tertiary institutions across the country to assist in achieving a sustainable transformation to technology enabled education. Pearson is dedicated to providing the right expertise and infrastructure for the availability, shareability, and re-useability of quality learning systems and content. We are helping universities embrace the e-learning revolution, and thereby helping to ensure to today’s students are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in Saudi Arabia’s increasingly technology-reliant workplaces”. 

Growing Youth Population in Saudi offers Economic Potential.

Pearson welcomes the International Monetary Fund’s finding that Saudi Arabia’s large youth population presents opportunities for GCC region if well managed.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 22 August 2013: Pearson, the world’s largest education company, has welcomed a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that finds youth unemployment in Saudi Arabia could be lowered by reducing reliance on public sector jobs and by improving the competitiveness of Saudi workers in the private sector.

50 per cent of Saudi’s population is below 25 years, a figure set to increase further in the future, leading to a phenomenon widely referred to as a “youth bulge”. Economists debate whether Saudi’s burgeoning youth population will be a burden or advantage to the country. Such a large number of young people brings with it enormous opportunity for growth through the generation of innovative, new ideas, and a sufficiently large work force to power these ideas into practice. However, if not managed appropriately, a rapidly growing population of young people could lead to an increased rate of unemployment amongst 15 to 25 year olds, a figure which already stands at around 30 per cent.
The IMF Saudi Arabia Country Report released in July found that a large number of young people will enter the local job market over the next decade, and that creating a sufficient number of rewarding jobs will be a challenge. However, generating jobs is not the only difficulty the Saudi Government faces. Around 2 million new positions were created in the Kingdom between 2008 and 2012, but three quarters of these jobs were filled by non-Saudis, suggesting the local workforce needs to become more productive and competitive in the face of mounting competition from expatriate workers.
The Saudi Arabian Government has recognised the importance of harnessing the potential of its young people through education. More than SR 204 billion from the 2013 budget was channelled into education, a staggering 25 per cent of the Government’s annual spending, and around 10 per cent of its GDP. Saudi Arabia is now ranked as the world’s highest spending nation on education.
Such initiatives have had a positive impact on the learning outcomes of individuals in the country, with the literacy rate among adults currently standing at around 97 per cent, according to World Bank data, up from 30 per cent in 1970. The number of individuals completing school and tertiary education is also on the rise.
Pearson’s Director of Qualifications in the Middle East, Mr Mark Andrews says that these educational developments are instrumental in addressing the skills shortage the Kingdom faces. Mr Andrews says that providing young Saudis with an education that will lead to placement in a rewarding job is not only important for the Kingdom’s youth, but also to the Saudi economy.
“Saudi’s youth bulge offers enormous opportunities in both Saudi and wider region. It has the potential to increase economic growth and living standards, and help realise the Government’s goal of greater economic diversification. However, as the IMF Report makes clear, equipping young people with effective education and training is critical to ensuring the youth bulge becomes an asset – and not a liability. Education and training needs to focus on preparing young people for the workforce. Pearson’s research in the Gulf region indicates many local employers believe that the education system does not always prepare school and university leavers with essential employability skills. Employers tell us they want candidates with 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration, responsibility and problem solving skills”.
Pearson’s 2009 global study into the links between education and employment, detailed in the Effective Education for Employment report found that skills gaps exist for both new employees and more experienced workers. Gaps around leadership, teamwork, creativity and innovation continue to present employers with difficulties in training and development. And this is a problem not only for Saudi Arabia, but countries right around the world.
Mr Andrews believes that giving young Saudis the right workplace skills will help this growing demographic group enter and succeed in employment and contribute to the long term prosperity and stability of the country.

“Giving young Saudis an education that allows them to enter the workplace, and contribute meaningfully in their careers will not only help reduce youth unemployment. Making young Saudis more effective and productive in their jobs will also foster economic growth and raise the standard of living in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia’s vast youth population has the potential to become an economic powerhouse in the region, but it is a matter of channelling that potential into positive and productive outcomes”.

Pearson training firm TQ to run three of Saudi Arabia’s new vocational training colleges.

Al Riyadh, KSA, 2nd July 2013: TQ Education and Training, a Pearson business that provides outsourced training solutions, has been awarded a five-year contract to develop and operate three vocational colleges in Saudi Arabia, providing high quality vocational skills and qualifications for more than 8,000 students.

The contract, which makes TQ fully responsible for vocational training at the colleges in Mecca, Buraydah and Medina, was announced by Saudi Arabia’s Colleges of Excellence, the newly established body for public-private partnerships for technical and vocational education and training in Saudi Arabia.  
The colleges in Mecca and Buraydah are for male students and the Medina college is for female students.  All three colleges will open from September 2013 and in total the Colleges of Excellence programme will see ten new technical training colleges set up across the Kingdom this year.
TQ will work closely with employers in Saudi Arabia to provide world-class, high-quality and desirable vocational training and qualifications for young Saudis.  The programme will be a fundamental step in improving employment prospects for young people in Saudi Arabia, equipping them to be sought-after employees so that they can lead stable and rewarding careers.
The new deal has been signed inRiyadh by TQ’s Executive Chairman Christopher Samler and His Excellency Dr Ali bin Nasser Al Ghafis, Vice Chairman of the Board of Colleges of Excellence. 
Christopher Samler, Executive Chairman of TQ, said: “Working together in partnership with the Colleges of Excellence, the local community, employers, parents and the students, TQ and Pearson will be focused on delivering positive outcomes for our students and improving people’s lives through training.   Our aim is to offer young Saudis education and training that helps them compete for jobs successfully in the local labour market.  We are committed to making a difference to young people’s lives and futures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr Saleh A. Alamr, Chief Executive Officer of the Colleges of Excellence, said: “We are delighted that TQ is one of the key providers to deliver vocational training to young Saudis in this first phase of the Colleges of Excellence programme of vocational training and education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. TQ, as part of Pearson, has a strong reputation in the Kingdom and we look forward to growing that relationship as we work together to open these new colleges to students in September.”
TQ is an established provider of vocational education and training in Saudi Arabia, delivering high-quality electrical, engineering and English language training to more than 1,500 students every year at three campuses of the Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic.
TQ also provides a wide range of technical and other vocational training to the UK’s Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as numerous multinational companies in the oil and gas, rail, power generation and distribution industries.
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Alfalak conducts series of career development presentations for Saudi nationals at various KSA institutions.


May 28, 2013
Alfalak Electronic Equipment & Supplies Co., a leading provider of technology-based end-to-end solutions in the Middle East, has recently concluded a series of presentations at various career fairs as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to create more opportunities for career growth and development among Saudi nationals. Alfalak attended the Career Day programs at the Prince Mohammed Program for Youth Development (PMPYD), at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and at the Institute of Public Administration.

Prince Saud bin Nayef served as the guest of honour during the Career Day at the Institute of Public Administration, which drew a large number of participants. Alfalak alone received more than 1,200 CVs during the event. Alfalak also received a certificate of recognition from the Institute of Public Administration for its active participation during the event and its leadership in promoting the Saudization initiative.

Ahmad Ashadawi, President and CEO of Alfalak, said: “We have always been committed to support the government’s Saudization programs by reaching out and creating career development opportunities for citizens from different sectors of the society. Alfalak’s ongoing career development and Saudization programs have been highly successful as we are able to develop a highly competent workforce, while creating a positive impact on the national economy by helping fill the employment gap in KSA. We had a highly productive participation during the Career Day programs at the PMPYD, KFUPM, and at the Institute of Public Administration. This strongly reflects the value of our Career Development and Training and Development strategies, which focus primarily on empowering Saudi nationals to become more productive members of the society.”
Alfalak Electronic Equipment & Supplies Co., which draws on 32 years of expertise in the Middle East’s information and communications technology services market, has been classified by the government classification of contractors to bid for government projects in the following categories: general contracting, information technology, electronic security systems and telecommunications.

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY SIGNS A STRATEGIC AGREEMENT WITH CERNER FOR TWO MAJOR HOSPITALS IN SAUDI ARABIA.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Jan. 22, 2013King Saud University(KSU) and Cerner have recently signed a strategic collaboration in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to provide electronic health record (EHR) systems for two of KSU’s hospitals, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), a 950 bed hospital and King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), a 200bedhospital
The contract was executed between KSU and Saudi Health Information Systems (SHIS), which is a joint venture between Riyadh Valley Company, Zamil Group, and Cerner, that was created to focus on EHR programs within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is Cerner Middle East’s first contract in the joint venture partnership established in 2011.
Cerner Millennium® solutions will automate clinical processes and provide instant access to clinical information and integrated workflow through an EHR. The solutions digitize registration and scheduling, laboratory, pharmacy, physician and nursing documentation, emergency, surgery, data warehousing and clinical supply chain. Clinicians at the academic hospitals will also be able to document care and place medication and other orders directly in the EHR.
During the kick-off of the system review session launched by Mubarak Al-Faran, Dean of the College of Medicine at King Saud University, an internal name for Cerner Millennium® called eSiHi, or Electronic System for Integrated Health Information was announced. All clinicians and staff will refer to the new name when dealing with the new system, which will consolidate, streamline and standardize all processes and tools to improve the quality of information available to clinicians.
Over a period of 12-18 months, both academic hospitals will integrate approximately 30 Cerner® solutions with its EHR serving as the foundation of the health technology implementation.
Implementing Cerner solutions will benefit the academic hospitals’ patients in a number of ways including:
  • Providing a clinical record for all patients: Whether an individual is treated in the ambulatory setting or inpatient setting at home, the information will be captured and stored in the individual’s lifetime clinical record.
  • Facilitating a high standard of quality care: The use of standardized treatment guidelines promotes evidence-based, effective and consistent care for every patient while enabling quality improvement and operational efficiency.
  • Reducing the potential for transcription errors: Illegible, handwritten orders and transcription errors are reduced through the use of electronic order entry.
  • Improving access to information: Clinicians have immediate access to a unified patient EHR that has up-to-the-minute information about the patient including past visits, medical test results and medical devices connected directly to the EHR.
“Cerner is thrilled to be working with our SHIS partners to deliver the first academic system under this new arrangement. We are excited to be working with the excellent hospitals under KSU’s leadership and look forward to working with them towards HIMSS certification,” said Greg White, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East and Africa.
About King Saud University
King Saud University, the premier institution of higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was established in 1957 to enhance the nation’s growth and well-being. The health services of the College of Medicine at King Saud University is delivered through two large University Hospitals in addition to a number of clinics, which are around the campus like the staff clinic, students clinic, staff housing clinic, and female students clinic. The first University Hospital called King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital (KAUH), originally founded in 1956, specializes in ENT and Ophthalmology and has a University of Diabetes Center. The second university hospital, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), is highly recognized, fully staffed and eminently-equipped health institution, comprising a highly qualified and experienced faculty of consultants, physicians, nursing staff, and personnel.
About Cerner
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