HIGER to improve public transport

The announcement was made at an event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah.
Updated 21 April 2018
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HIGER to improve public transport

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has announced a new strategic partnership with HIGER Bus, a leading Chinese bus and coach manufacturer, to support the development of public transportation in Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will now offer various types of HIGER Bus vehicles to customers in Saudi Arabia, including coaches, city buses, school buses, electric, hybrid and clean energy buses and high capacity articulated buses designed to operate in bus rapid transit system (BRT).
The partnership aims to expand and deepen HIGER’s presence in Saudi Arabia and meet rising public demand for safe, accessible transport — a key objective of Saudi Vision 2030.
The announcement was made at a special event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah, attended by officials from the Ministry of Hajj, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, HIGER Bus, and executives from bus operators in Makkah. Guests included Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister for transportation affairs, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; Osama Samkari, general director assistant for transport, Naqaba; and Hamza Ghulman, dean of College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University; and Marwan Sulaimani, director, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel is pleased to announce this partnership with HIGER Bus, the world’s third largest bus manufacturer. This is another demonstration of our position as an investment partner of choice for international businesses operating in Saudi Arabia and the region.
“Although this is the first time we have partnered with a bus company, we have achieved a high-quality level of after-sales services in automotive parts and machinery trade over the last 70 years. Combined with our best-in-class support, we will continue our commitment to improving and enhancing our services. The new partnership creates a strong and reliable contribution for Saudi Arabia as it looks to improve its public transportation, while supporting the increase of pilgrims visiting the country.”
Gary Jiang, general manager overseas of HIGER Bus, said: “Established in 1998, HIGER Bus has manufactured more than 250,000 vehicles over the last 20 years. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of buses, with vehicles exported to 130 countries. HIGER’s partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will further strengthen the brand and will provide customers peace of mind.”


PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Updated 18 August 2018
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PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest university for women in the world, has partnered with Dell EMC to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first batch of female data scientists.

In line with Saudi Vision 2030 to promote a knowledge-based economy, PNU partners with national and international organizations to provide degrees and certificates for Saudi female students and graduates. 

The College of Computer and Information Sciences provides a number of certifications and technical training courses in its curriculum for three bachelor degrees — computer science, information systems and information technology. As a member of Dell EMC’s External Research and Academic Alliance Program, the college has successfully trained and certified 57 female data science and big data analytics students this semester with an additional 103 students certified in cloud infrastructure. 

The university also successfully introduced the VMware Install, Configure and Manage course as an elective training course for senior students. 

Auhood Alfaries, dean of College of Computer and Information Sciences, PNU, said: “Building a comprehensive curriculum to cover the essential knowledge area for the computing disciplines and to equip our students with the skills required for the future workplace is a priority for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. We are proud to be a leading university to actively promote the data-skilled taskforce in the Kingdom through the introduction of industry-relevant certifications and trainings. 

“We strive to continually evolve to contribute toward building a knowledge-based economy, in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, through strategic academic partnerships such as the Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program which plays a crucial role in effectively developing our students into tomorrow’s workforce.” 

A recent study by Dell Technologies titled “Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future” highlighted the lack of workforce readiness as the leading barrier in the Middle East to becoming a successful digital business in 2030, further emphasizing the need for skill development among existing employees and future generations. 

Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us where organizations as well as individuals are increasingly realizing that investing in workforce readiness and the development of new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation. 

“We congratulate Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University on this wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technical education of women in the region.”

Marwa Zaghow, senior manager, External Research and Academic Alliance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program collaborates with innovative colleges and universities like Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University to effectively contribute to the regional priority of developing IT skillsets among the youth and specifically women.”