Demand for Saudi IT specialists outstrips supply.

Dean of Information Technology at Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University: “Saudi youth is leading the way to knowledge-based economy in the Kingdom”
Saudi Arabia has impressive penetration of smartphones compared to global average  
Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 2016: In line with Saudi Arabia’s Development Plan focused on narrowing the technology gap between the Kingdom and other industrial countries by 2020, and to promote the transition to a knowledge-based economy, the Dean of Information Technology at Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University has called for students’ enhanced involvement in IT in order to meet the job market’s needs in Saudi Arabia.

According to Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, the IT sector in Saudi Arabia has become a key driver for many other economic sectors, and the Kingdom is set to witness an IT boom in coming years. Al-Imam University believes that relevance of IT and the spread of satellite communications, computer networks and Internet will together reinforce the pivotal role of the IT sector in the Saudi national economy.
Dr. Waleed Abdulaziz Al-Jandal, Dean of AlImam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University Information Technology, stressed the need to encourage young people to work in the IT sector to keep pace with the growth of Saudi Arabia and ensure its global competitiveness. Al-Jandal said that boosting the qualifications of young people in IT will ensure sustainable economic growth and enhance the country’s competitiveness on a global scale. This comes at a time when the demand for Saudi nationals specialising in IT outstrips supply.
“Saudi Arabia is an active global player in this industry. It has been a member of the International Telecommunication Union since 1965, the organization that plays a leading role in the ICT sector globally. We are delighted to see the youth’s willingness to study IT to boost the growth of this sector in the Kingdom,” added Dr. Al-Jandal.
Al-Jandal stressed that IT enhances the quality of economic, social and cultural activities, and brings communities closer. The Saudi Government has paid great attention to IT, as highlighted by many national plans such as the 7th Five-Year Plan, the Science and Technology National Policy, the Saudisation of ICT sector, and the National Communications and Information Technology Plan.
The School of Information Technology at Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University has recorded major achievements in the areas of networking, Internet, operation, technical support and applications, information security and media. Also, its students were recognised in various national and international platforms, including the recent Cloud Computing course held in Jeddah. Around 8 students scored above 95%, a rare incident at the global level.
Relatively, Saudi Arabia is very advanced internationally in the field of smart phones’ penetration, as it has over 100% penetration of smartphones compared to the global average of 86.7 percent.
“There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between labor market requirements of IT professionals in Saudi Arabia and awareness among parents and their children about the importance of this sector. We keep up to date with all the Ministry of Education programmes to make sure we apply the latest information and communication technologies in the education field, and have made many international and regional achievements in this domain,” concluded Dr. Al-Jandal.

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Saudi Educators Excel in Master Trainer Programme

Pearson programme enhancing standard of math and science education in KSA.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 4 May 2015: The Chief Executive of Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4Edu) has congratulated the latest group of Master Trainers to complete the first phase of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The Master Trainer Programme is a key component of the broader Math and Science teacher development project being administered by T4Edu through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Development Project (Tatweer), in collaboration with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. Of the 407 participants that completed the most recent course of the Programme that concluded in December 2014, a 100 per cent pass-rate was achieved, with 94 percent of these receiving the highest available score of an A grade.

Dr Mohammad Al-Zaghibi, CEO of T4Edu, says the results have exceeded all expectations. “I am delighted by what this group of educators has been able to achieve. The scores of those taking part in the Foundation Programme attest to the quality of the programme itself, the commitment of the certified trainers who delivered it and most of all, to the exceptional dedication of participants who have taken part. I have seen first-hand just how hard the participants worked to achieve these outcomes, investing their time and approaching the programme with enthusiasm and commitment. I look forward to seeing the positive difference these Master Trainers will be able to make as they go forward inspiring math and science educators across the country. I am confident that the scale of this project will lead to a tangible and measurable impact – at a national level – on the quality of math and science education throughout Saudi Arabia”.
Dr Mohammad advised that feedback he had received from within T4Edu’s Scientific Committee was that the materials were of a very high quality and standard and had contributed to this project being one of the best ever commissioned in Saudi Arabia. He also advised that the women taking part in the programme had achieved excellent results.
Feedback from the programme’s participants has been very positive. One participant who successfully completed the programme said:
“I enjoyed every single moment of this experience, even if some parts of the journey were quite hard. The success of the programme is due to the skills and the creativity of those who designed and implemented it”.
The Foundation level of the programme has now been completed with 474 Master Trainers having passed this stage. These Master Trainers are now able to progress onto intermediate and advanced level trainer courses, which will begin in April and May of this year.
Under the Master Trainer Programme, designed and implemented by Pearson, participants are trained as “Master Trainers”, provided with the pedagogical skills and knowledge necessary to go onto train over 100,000 mathematics and science educators in schools across Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Master Trainer Programme and associated Blended Professional Development Programme (also being developed by Pearson) is to improve the overall standard of mathematics and science education in the Kingdom and measurably enhance the performance of Saudi learners in these subjects as part of T4Edu’s STEM Initiative.
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Pearson working with Tatweer to deliver training to 500 Master Educators.

T4EDU Launches Math and Science Teacher Development Programme
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 November 2014: Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) in conjunction with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, have announced the wider rollout of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The programme will see ultimately 500 educators from across the Kingdom take part in a Master Trainer Training Programme across three levels of learning: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Foundation level training will take place in November and December 2014, with further levels planned in 2015.  The 500 Master Trainers will then go on to provide professional development training to over 100,000 primary and secondary teachers across the country, building Saudi teachers’ pedagogical skills and knowledge in the mathematics and science fields.
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme forms part of the Saudi Government’s wider education reforms being implemented by T4EDU as part of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project, a large scale project that will shape the future of education across the Kingdom
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme will build the Kingdom’s capacity in the mathematics and science industries, fields, which are becoming increasingly important for success in a competitive, global economy.
The links between strong capabilities in the Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering fields at a national level, and a country’s economic performance are well documented. A Policy Brief from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states that “Scientific advances and technological change are key drivers of recent economic performance. The ability to create, distribute and exploit knowledge has become a major source of competitive advantage, wealth creation and improvements to quality of life”.
Dr Mohammed AlZaghibi, Chief Executive Officer of T4EDU, agrees. He says:
“Fundamental to the Kingdom’s goal of achieving a diversified, knowledge-based economy will be fostering a STEM proficient workforce, and motivating our current generation of learners to seek a STEM based career. It is this group of students which will be Saudi Arabia’s innovators, inventors and creators of tomorrow.
“It is therefore of critical importance that we recruit and train enough talented and passionate teachers in the mathematics and science disciplines to make this vision a reality. By building capacity amongst 100,000 of Saudi’s math and science teachers, the Math and Science Teacher Development Programme has the scale to make a real difference to the quality of STEM education being taught in the Kingdom, and build a positive future for the country as a whole”.
Karim Daoud, Managing Director for Pearson in the Middle East says countries around the world are increasingly recognising the important role mathematics and science educators play in equipping learners for the demands of a modern workforce, saying:
“As the world becomes increasingly technological, scientific progress becomes even more significant in driving innovation-led growth. What we have seen through important policy movements in the USA and other countries is a realisation that the industries of the 21st Century will rely more and more on those workers with a highly skilled STEM education. It is imperative therefore that our education systems, from the curriculums used to the pedagogical practices employed, place upmost importance on math and science instruction, and deliver these subjects in a way that engages learners and inspires them to seek a career in these fields”.
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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.
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.

Texas A&M – Saudi Arabia HRD Masters Program (video)


The Human Resource Development Master of Science Program in Saudi Arabia offers Saudi professionals the flexibility to learn valuable human resource development skills. A collaborative agreement between Texas A&M University and the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management, students complete coursework online and attend face-to-face class periodically with college faculty who travel to Saudi Arabia to teach.