Japanese curriculum to be used for training Saudis

Japanese curriculum to be used for training Saudis
Updated 13 January 2017

Japanese curriculum to be used for training Saudis

JEDDAH: The Saudi Institute for Electronics and Home Appliances in Riyadh, a technical institute for training Saudi youths supported by the government and under the supervision of Technical and Vocational Training corporation (TVTC), announced agreements with eight major companies specializing in the field of electronics, IT, and computers, to employ graduates.
The executive director of the institute, Ismail Mohammed Mufarreh, said that the institute adopted a curriculum designed by Japanese companies, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Board of Foreign Trade of Japan in six different categories: electronics, refrigeration and air conditioning, computers and office equipment, household appliances and customer service, to train Saudi youths in electronics and home appliances.
Mufarreh also said the institute also allows trainees to continue their studies with the major companies in Japan. He also said a number of major companies have contracted with the institute to hire more graduates and increase the capacity of the trainees annually.
Abdullah Al-Hamid, IT manager of an electronics company, said that the Saudi Institute for Electronics and Home Appliances is providing trained workers, and bridging the gap between need and production in the labor market. The institute has provided 40 percent of trained Saudi technicians in the company where he is working.
Mohamed Hazza, a graduate of the institute, said that he joined the institute because it provides a promising career and a good salary after professional training, at major companies in the private sector.
He urged secondary school graduates to enroll in the institute, which provides employment-related training and rewards throughout the training period. Students can be sent to Japan to acquire higher skills from major electronic and computer companies.
Fahd Al-Otaibi, the spokesperson of the TVTC, said that the maintenance of electronics is a new area in which the institution is keen to provide training to Saudi youths to fulfill the requirements of the labor market.
The Saudi Institute for Electronics and Home Appliances aims to provide skilled workers in cooperation with a number of Japanese companies. The institute is part of the 24 specialized institutes in partnership with the private sector for youth employment and training.

Saudis recall history’s greatest TV event: Apollo moon landing

Updated 20 July 2019

Saudis recall history’s greatest TV event: Apollo moon landing

  • The TV images beamed from 320,000km away in space left viewers astounded but happy
  • The TV coverage influenced thinking and attitudes in the Kingdom just like everywhere else

DUBAI: It was a sleepy afternoon in Saudi Arabia, just days before the end of the school vacation, and Saudis had their eyes glued to their TV sets as they waited for live coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Before July 20, 1969, the idea of a human walking on the moon was the stuff of science fiction. However, almost overnight, sci-fi had turned into reality with a live broadcast showing American astronaut Neil Armstrong’s dramatic descent onto the empty lunar landscape.

Between science fiction and science fact, the live coverage of the lunar landing amounted to an unusual fusion of news and entertainment.

Saudi TV technicians bring the first live images of Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing to
viewers around the Kingdom. (Supplied photo)

The historic images — beamed back to Earth more than 320,000 km away — left Saudi viewers astounded and confused, but mostly elated to be witnessing such an epoch-making event.

The event was covered live on television and radio stations in Saudi Arabia. Most Saudis and residents living in the Kingdom watched it on Saudi channels 1 and 3, owned by Saudi Aramco.

Hessah Al-Sobaie, a housewife from Al-Dawadmi, recalled watching the moon landing from her grandparents’ backyard as an 11-year-old.

“It felt weird watching a human walk on the moon,” she told Arab News. “I remember the endless questions I asked as a child.”

While most people were aware that going to the moon was risky, many Saudis believed that such a journey was impossible and all but unthinkable.


1. NASA’s Apollo 11 mission control room in Houston has been restored to its 1969 condition and regular tours
will be conducted by the Johnson Space Center.

2. NASA ‘Science Live’ will have a special edition on July 23 on board the aircraft carrier that recovered the Apollo 11 capsule.

3. A summer moon festival and family street fair will be held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, from July 17-20.

4. Downtown Houston’s Discovery green will host a free public screening of the ‘Apollo 11’ documentary, with an appearance by NASA astronaut Steve Bowen.

5. Amateur radio operators will host a series of events on July 20-21.

6. The US Space and Rocket Center is staging a special ‘Rockets on Parade’ exhibition.

The Apollo 11 mission prompted discussions across the Middle East over the reality of what people saw on their TV screens. Some Saudi scholars found it hard to believe their eyes.

“I watched it, and I clearly remember each and every detail of the coverage,” Hayat Al-Bokhari, 68, a retired school principal in Jeddah, said.

“My father, Abdul, was 56 at the time. He said the landing was faked. He couldn’t believe or accept that a human could go to the moon.”

Khaled Almasud, 70, a retired university lecturer, was a student in the US state of Oregon at the time of the mission. “Americans were stunned and over the moon, happy with their national achievement. But many Saudis like me were either in denial or insisting on more proof.”

Since the beginning of the 1960s, King Faisal had been rapidly transforming Saudi Arabia, inviting foreign-trained experts to help build a modern country with world-class infrastructure.

Billie Tanner, now 90, lived in the Kingdom for many years with her husband, Larry, and their two children, Laurie and Scott, aged six and four. The family had just arrived in Saudi Arabia and headed to the Aramco compound in Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province.

A screengrab of video of the first lunar landing beamed toward Earth and shown on television worldwide. 

“We were going through a culture shock,” she told Arab News. “I wasn’t thinking of the moon landing, but we heard about it on the news from Dhahran.

“My kids tried to see the astronauts on the moon with their binoculars and said they could see them walking around.”

The Apollo 11 spaceflight has become a milestone in the annals of human history and science. Since 1969 space exploration has greatly expanded man’s knowledge of the universe, far beyond Earth’s limits.

The captivating live coverage of the moon landing inspired millions of people around the world, profoundly influencing their thinking and attitudes.

The people of Saudi Arabia were no exception.