Saudi universities to introduce new training programs

Saudi Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Saudi universities to introduce new training programs

  • Human capital development will play a major role in Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Saudi Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa has instructed universities across the Kingdom to introduce teachers’ training programs in the academic session 2018-19.
Postgraduates are eligible to enroll in these programs. However, the minimum eligibility set for early childhood female teachers training program is the bachelor’s degree.
The Education Ministry said in a statement it wants to enhance the education system to help give new impetus to the ongoing development process in the Kingdom as envisaged in Vision 2030.
Human capital development will play a major role in Saudi Vision 2030.
The Saudi labor force will reach about 8.6 million by 2030 with a 44 percent participation rate. An average of 203,000 jobs will need to be created each year for Saudis entering the labor market.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 seeks to reduce the overall unemployment rate from 11.6 to 7 percent, overhaul the education system and increase the female participation rate from 22 percent of the labor force to 30.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.