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
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 9,300 facilities around the world, including more than 2,650 hospitals; 3,750 physician practices; 40,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,600 retail pharmacies.
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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. 


The Kingdom :: A Saudi Celebration Day in Vancouver, Canada (video)


Saudi students are choosing Canada as one of their top destinations to obtain undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, as they get accepted to join King Abdullah Scholarship program. This program provides the means to best world universities to pursue studies that lead to degrees (bachelors, masters and doctorate) and medical fellowships. Academic disciplines and scholarships are selected on the needs of government ministries, national corporations and the private sector. This selection aims to fulfill the requirements of work markets across the kingdom in regions, universities and industrial cities. The Program is commissioned with qualifying Saudi youth to take an active role in development in all fields in government and private sectors. 

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada will be hosting an event in the heart of downtown Vancouver to exhibit the Saudi Arabian unique culture to the Canadian society.

** FREE ADMISSION **

The event will be in exhibition hall A of the east building of the convention centre. At the centre of the hall there will be a huge tent brought from Saudi Arabian desert specially for this event to demonstrate the hospitality of the Saudi people.

The exhibition will contain many booths that present different aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Come over to learn about Mecca, the holy city on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, which is the most sacred place in Islam. Also Medina, the second holy city that has the prophet’s mosque and where he lived for the last 20 years of his life. Moreover, learn about the beauty of the Arabian Calligraphy, and get your name written on a decorated card as a personalized gift from the organizers to you.

The stage is a central spot in that event. Come and enjoy live performances of different dances and folklores from different regions of Saudi Arabia: central (Sword Dance), western, and southern region. Also enjoy the rhythm of live songs and poetry, by a group of singers and poets from Saudi Arabia. Finally, enjoy the interactive presentation with live footage that portrays the typical Saudi daily life and teach you about the most important event that attracts the world media every year (The Hajj) which is attended by 3 million people every year from all around the globe.

The celebration will be run by Saudi students volunteers from over 16 Saudi clubs across Canada. About 200 volunteers will be prepared to impressively organize that event and enthusiastically run each part of it.

Saudi Arabia- KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. (Video)

Saudi Arabia  New Research University (KAUST)

Saudi Arabia – a new research university. The multibillion-dollar project honors King Abdullah, who has put the coeducational university at the center of his effort to reform Saudi Arabia’s educational system. The king hopes to make KAUST, as the university is known, a world-class center of scientific excellence.