Saudi port ‘most advanced’

The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the Global Infrastructure Congress conference.
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi port ‘most advanced’

King Abdullah Port has concluded its participation in the Global Infrastructure Congress by winning an award for the most advanced port. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the conference, which was recently held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel. The event was held under the patronage of UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah B. Al-Nuaimi, and in partnership with the Federal Transport Authority — Land and Maritime and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.
Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “The award represents a culmination of the port’s efforts in realizing Vision 2030 as a key player in the maritime shipping and logistics sector.” He extended his thanks and appreciation to Al-Nuaimi for “the valuable award, which reflects the status the port has reached after only five years of operation.”
The award came in recognition of the port’s efforts in innovating new, distinguished practices in the port sector, in addition to providing world-class ideas, initiatives and projects that contribute to empowering and delivering sustainable and ready-to-use infrastructure solutions. It was announced that King Abdullah Port had won among more than 100 participants.
King Abdullah Port also participated in the Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum, which was attended by representatives from ministries, port authorities, private sector developers, and industry actors. Qutub delivered a detailed presentation on the port’s latest developments in regards to infrastructure and operations during a session titled “Global Perspectives and Best Practices.”
As of the end of 2017, King Abdullah Port has become the second-largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, and it was recently ranked the eighth fastest-growing port in the world in 2017, according to Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development.


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.”