Alshaya supports Saudization goals

Alshaya’s portfolio of global retail brands includes Debenhams, a British multinational retailer operating under a department store format.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Alshaya supports Saudization goals

In support of Saudi Vision 2030, and its related call for diversification of youth employment opportunities in the Saudi private sector, Alshaya International Trading Company, a leading international franchise operator, has this week announced excellent progress in the hiring of Saudi retail staff in all customer-facing roles.

Following the government’s announcement of further nationalization targets early in 2018, Alshaya has delivered a compelling recruitment campaign designed to showcase the opportunities of a career in the fast-growing retail sector. 

Over 3,250 successful applicants have been offered roles within Alshaya’s portfolio of leading global retail brands, which includes Mothercare, Debenhams, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Starbucks, West Elm and Vision Express. 

The company said in a statement that Alshaya strongly supports the creation of private sector employment and learning opportunities for young Arabs across the region, and that it has supported Saudi nationalization initiatives for many years as the retail sector has evolved. 

“We have worked in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labor over recent months to support the latest government targets and are delighted with the progress we are making in attracting Saudi nationals to our business. 

We have been very impressed with the caliber of talent and the passion for development that candidates have demonstrated,” said Faisal Alshaya, general manager, Alshaya International Trading Company.

The company’s current recruitment drive in the Kingdom builds on its existing success in employing Saudi nationals — over 5,000 Saudis now work for the company.

Alshaya has supported their development through dedicated retail academies in Riyadh at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in Jeddah and Dammam, as well as through learning programs and knowledge transfer, which is helping aspirational Saudi men and women develop new skills and grow their career with the company. 

Saudi nationals who want to pursue a career with Alshaya can discover more by visiting www.careers.alshaya.com/ksa-nationalization 

Alshaya International Trading Co. is a leading international franchise operator of some of the world’s most recognized retail brands including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Boots and Pottery Barn. 

The company operates stores across diverse customer sectors: Fashion and footwear, health and beauty, food, optics, pharmacy and home furnishings.


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”