Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

During the job fair, 70 participants of Huawei’s Future Leaders Program were awarded graduation certificates.
Updated 18 September 2018
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Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, recently took part in the Saudi-Chinese job fair to promote the employment prospects of Saudi nationals. During the job fair, 70 participants of Huawei’s Future Leaders Program were awarded graduation certificates from Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia.

“We are committed to supporting Saudi Arabia as it forges ahead on the road to digital transformation,” said Zhang.

The Chinese Embassy collaborated with the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) to jointly organize this recruitment fair in Riyadh. The aim of the initiative is to increase Chinese-Saudi cooperation and promote China’s contribution in the fields of employment, talent cultivation and knowledge transfer. 

One key example for such contribution is Huawei’s Future Leaders Program, an initiative which provides technical education to Saudi nationals, particularly fresh university graduates, in order to prepare them to become engaged members of the workforce in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The program provides students with three months of technical training and hands-on practice on ICT projects. 

At the end of their training, students have the possibility to become official Huawei employees.

Since the start of the program in 2016, Huawei has graduated four batches of students comprising a total of 125 trainees. Out of the total graduates, 97 percent were hired as official employees at Huawei.

Yassir Abdel Rahman Al-Dahim, executive vice president of the SCISP, said: “We are grateful to Huawei for their outstanding contribution to promoting the employment prospects of fresh graduates, and their activities in talent cultivation and knowledge transfer for young Saudis.”

Li Huashin, ambassador of China to Saudi Arabia, said: “The Saudi-Chinese job fair is another example of the close relationship between China and Saudi Arabia, and I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to implementing its social responsibility programs in aiding the development of Saudi youth.”

Faisal Ayad Al-Otaibi, HR and Future Leaders Project director, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “As a Saudi national myself, I am proud to play a role in providing the youth of my country with opportunities and creating a generation ready to build a better tomorrow.”


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”