Education board, bar association sign agreement to serve labor market in line with Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 06 January 2018
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Education board, bar association sign agreement to serve labor market in line with Saudi Vision 2030

RIYADH: The Education Assessment Board and the Saudi Bar Association (SBA) have collaborated to enhance and reform legal education and qualifications in conjunction with Vision 2030.

The accord between the two entities involves creating an environment for cooperation in legal rehabilitation projects, capacity building and enhancing the quality of law programs.

It also involves studies and training, sharing of experiences in areas related to activities of both associations, and exchange of knowledge and experience in all aspects of academic accreditation and professional standards of law programs.

Bakr Al-Haboob, secretary-general of the Saudi Bar Association, told Arab News on Friday the SBA strategy focuses on the legal industry and includes education, legal practice, entrepreneurship and reforming its market.

“The agreement includes a number of initiatives, one of which is to help review the educational standards of universities such as King Saud University Law School by professional law practitioners,” he said.

He added that it also includes the standardization of qualifications, which the SBA will launch in association with the American Bar Association. “This course is called Law Practice Fellowship. The program is expected to kick off in September 2018,” he said.

He further said that the SBA is working closely with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to regulate granting of visas for non-Saudi legal consultants by examining their qualifications, and will require SBA-affiliated membership before issuing the permit.

Khalil Aljehani, a senior lawyer and managing partner of the Aljehani Law Firm in the Saudi capital, said that “such an agreement is very important.”

“It can be said that such an agreement is a contribution by the Education Ministry of which Education Assessment Board is a part, and the law association for the achievement of the Vision 2030 plan of the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.

He added that it will also give Saudi lawyers the opportunity to be external auditors in the field of accreditation of law programs in Saudi universities.

Dr. Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, a senior legal expert, welcomed the move, saying: “In order to achieve a balance between supply and demand, the authorities seek to combine the outputs of the Ministry of Education and vacancies with the private and professional sectors, which require national qualification.”

“They are doing this without financial cost to the private and professional sector throughout the period of rehabilitation and study,” Al-Hedayan told Arab News.


DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

The event marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

  • The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C

RIYADH: Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah Lee Sang-kyoun stressed the importance of the relationship between South Korea and Saudi Arabia as he welcomed guests to a special celebration of Korea’s 4,351st National Foundation Day.

The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C.

The diplomat and his family warmly welcomed the guests, including Ambassador Jamal Balkhayour, the director general of the Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as they arrived at the venue, which was lavishly decorated with flowers and the Korean flag. 

In his opening speech, Lee said: “Korea and Saudi Arabia have shared strong companionship as ‘Rafiq,’ (friends) since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962.” 

He also emphasized the common values shared by the two countries, and their indispensable partnership and cooperation in a number of sectors, beginning with construction and energy in the early 1970s and developing through the years to now include the likes of renewable and nuclear energy, culture and more.

“Notably, the two countries launched a ministerial-level committee, Saudi-Korea Vision 2030, to bolster bilateral cooperation, focusing on supporting business ventures between the two countries,” Lee added.

He said he hopes to see an expansion of cultural and artistic ties between the nations, while also strengthening “person-to-person” contact between young people and future generations.

“Such cultural and human exchange will be a meaningful step toward fostering the values shared by the two countries — working in collaboration for future success and common goals,” he said.

The consul general explained that strengthening such human bonds will encourage an understanding between people of a kind that can only happen through art, history, academia and scientific exchange, which is why the consulate is establishing a cultural center as a “signature window for cultural exchange.” 

The consulate will also set up a foundation for students to “foster the common grounds in their interests and hopes” through an exchange program for Korean and Saudi youths.

Lee added that 2018 has been an important year for South Korea, with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, the Inter-Korean Summit, and the Singapore Summit between North Korea and the US.

As the celebration continued, Korean residents were brimming with pride and excitement as they celebrated their National Foundation Day in the Kingdom, while meeting and mingling with friends from Saudi Arabia and other nations.