International conference in Riyadh to highlight current trends in education sector, labor market

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mashari, chariman of the Education Evaluation Commission, at a news conference on Satruday. (AN photo by Bashear Saleh)
Updated 02 December 2018
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International conference in Riyadh to highlight current trends in education sector, labor market

  • Prince Faisal: The conference would help define the general framework of future skills and how to train youngsters

RIYADH: The International Conference on Education Evaluation 2018 (ICEE) is set to begin on Tuesday.
The three-day event, to be held under the patronage of King Salman and organized by the Education Evaluation Commission, will highlight the current trends in the education sector.
Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mashari, the chairman of the education commission and head of the supreme supervisory committee of the conference held a press conference on Saturday at the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education in Riyadh to explain the aims and objectives of the event.
He said the theme of the conference titled “Future skills — development and assessment” is very relevant and the aim of the event is to educate people about the skills and qualifications highly in demand in today’s labor market.
He said the Education Evaluation Commission is committed to developing the Kingdom’s education sector along modern lines and to upgrade the Saudi human resources to suit the fast-changing needs of the future.
Prince Faisal said the conference is open to all local and international educational, training and employment institutions.
The education commission chief encouraged specialists from different areas of the education sector and the labor market to take part in the event and make contributions in their areas of expertise.
“Sixty specialists will participate in this event and participants will get the chance to attend 37 scientific sessions and 21 training workshops,” he said.
The main objective of the conference is to highlight important skills in demand, he said adding that it will help assess future requirements of the labor market and help the participants add value to their existing skills and achieve professional success.
“The conference also aims to discuss successful experiences in addition to stimulating educational and training institutions and employers to adopt programs for the development of human capital and help achieve the goals of Vision 2030,” he added.
Prince Faisal said the conference would help define the general framework of future skills and how to train youngsters to achieve those skills.
Assessment of those skills at the national and individual levels will also be part of the discussion at the conference, he said.
“The conference will also focus on how to address these skills in the labor market, in addition to presenting examples of successful local and international practices in the field of skills development.”
The event also aims to identify the challenges facing the education sector and ways to overcome those problems effectively.
He expressed hope that the event will help boost the interest of learners and teachers to acquire new skills.
The event will take place at Riyadh’s Four Seasons Hotel.


Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat: ‘Our security and religion are a red line’

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat: ‘Our security and religion are a red line’

  • Al-Jubeir's statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gul and installations within the Kingdom
  • He accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with "all strength and determination" to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom's top diplomat said on Sunday.

In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region. He urged the international community to take responsibility to stop the Islamic republic from doing so.

"Our security and religion are a red line," Al-Jubeir said. His statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and installations within the Kingdom.

Iran’s foreign minister was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday as saying his country is “not seeking war” even as the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Tehran was in a “full-fledged intelligence war with the US.“

The US has ordered bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf over an unexplained threat they perceive from Iran, raising tensions a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Al-Jubeir said Iranian regime can spare the region the dangers of war by adhering to international laws and covenants, by stopping its interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region, by stopping its support for terrorist groups and militias, and immediately halting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"Saudi Arabia stresses that its hand is always extended to peace and seeks to achieve it, and believes that the peoples of the region, including the Iranian people, have the right to live in security and stability and to move towards development," he said.

"We want peace and stability and we want to focus on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which will enrich Saudi people’s lives," he added.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have repeatedly accused Iran of bankrolling the activities of its proxy Shiite militias such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and various groups in Iraq.

Houthi militias had repeatedly launched ballistic missiles and rockets into civilian targets in Saudi Arabia since a Saudi-led Arab Coalition threw its support behind the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed power-grabbers. Last week, they owned responsibility for the drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir also urged Qatar, an estranged member of the GCC to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and return to the fold. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, charging Doha of siding with terror groups that have been destabilizing the region. 

Instead of making amends with its GCC brothers, Qatar sought help from Turkey and Iran in bid to alleviate the impact of the boycott action of the group known as the anti-terror quarter (ATQ).