Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 16 July 2018
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Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

In collaboration with King Saud University, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. has announced the organization of an extensive training course on Monday and Tuesday for students from the university’s College of Pharmacy. The course is part of many programs organized by Pfizer in cooperation with different Saudi universities with the objective to contribute to developing and qualifying Saudi students as well as enhancing their pharmaceutical skills. The programs come within the company’s efforts to effectively participate in the realization of the objectives of Vision 2030.
The training course will be offered by international experts and specialists from Pfizer with the aim to develop this vital sector in the Kingdom.
General Manager of Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., Dr. Alaa Abdul Ghani explained that the course intends to empower Saudi pharmacy students and enrich them with practical and scientific experience that can enable them to work in the pharmaceutical sector and contribute to building their communities and nation. “At Pfizer we have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Saudi community as well as our vision to contribute to the realization of Vision 2030, which is particularly concerned with employing Saudi youth. In this context, we launched this program to collaborate with colleges of pharmacy across the Kingdom,” he added.
Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, Dr. Aws bin Ibrahim Al-Shamsan expressed his appreciation to Pfizer for taking the initiative by organizing this course and inviting international experts to enrich the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical industry by transferring their knowledge to Saudi students. He revealed that this program is the first of more pharmaceutical training programs to come in cooperation with different partners and sectors.
In early 2017, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. opened its new integrated plant at King Abdullah Economic City with an investment value exceeding $50 million. The plant aims to manufacture Pfizer products locally and transfer expertise, technologies, and trained personnel to the Kingdom. The new plant contributes to the provision of medications for different categories of patients, and also creates the opportunity to develop industrial expertise and qualify local competencies to manufacture drugs inside the Kingdom.
Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., which falls under its parent company located in the US, has been operating in the Kingdom since the 1960s.


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.