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. Continue reading “New Polytechnic to Develop Next Generation of Workers for Petroleum Services Industry”

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, January 25th 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. Continue reading “Third Party English Language Providers to Meet New Quality Standards”

New Tatweer Project to Improve Kingdom’s Standard of Math and Science Teaching

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, January 21st 2014 – Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) the exclusive executor 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. Continue reading “New Tatweer Project to Improve Kingdom’s Standard of Math and Science Teaching”

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, October 23rd 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. Continue reading “The World’s Largest Female University Introduces Digital Learning Technology”

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, October 9th 2013 – The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that over a billion people, about 15 percent 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. Continue reading “Preparatory Meeting for “International Exhibition & Forum for Education (IEFE)” Discusses Education Investment in KSA Focuses on Special Education Needs”

Growth of eLearning 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, October 7th 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. Continue reading “Growth of eLearning in KSA Marks the Next Phase of Educational Development in the Country”

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, August 22th 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. Continue reading “Growing Youth Population in Saudi offers Economic Potential”

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.

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.
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