STC CEO stresses on investment in digital infrastructure for economic transformation

STC Group CEO Khaled Biyari
Updated 18 November 2017
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STC CEO stresses on investment in digital infrastructure for economic transformation

STC Group CEO Khaled Biyari said the region is brimming with young people who are creative and capable of contributing to the positive transformation of the region’s economies when given the right environment.
Biyari was speaking at the opening session of the “Building Digital Economies in the Arab World” forum titled “The Digital Arab World, the Most Important Challenges and Opportunities” organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the UAE.
He said both the government and the private sector in the Kingdom are focused on business incubators and the rapid development of the digital economy through young leaders, contrary to the prevailing view that the region is not attractive enough for talents and creators.
Biyari, who is a member of the Regional Business Council (RBC), said digital transformation provides many opportunities to speed up the region’s economies to cope with global transformation. This, he said, would help governments and companies to efficiently work hand in hand, and provide growth opportunities, which in turn would reduce dependence on natural resources.
He said investment in digital infrastructure such as advanced networks, data centers and platforms is important, given the large number of projects currently underway in the Kingdom.
Arab leaders from the public and private sectors who participated in the forum called for accelerating the shift in economic strategies in Arab countries in line with the digital and technical transformations taking place in the world’s economies. They pointed out that the leaders of public and private sectors are required to adopt new methodologies in education and economy to create an economic system that is suitable for the fourth industrial revolution, especially through investment in technology and digital infrastructure.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”