Saudi Arabia begins construction of region's first vaccine and biomanufacturing center

The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms. (SPA)
Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia begins construction of region's first vaccine and biomanufacturing center

  • Three KAUST startups were named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22

JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins.
The project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be established in partnership with Research Products Development Co. and SaudiVax. The center will manufacture vaccines, which will be the first line of defense against epidemics in the Kingdom, such as coronavirus.
The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms.

The ceremony was under the patronage of HE Eng. Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and KAUST Board Chairman, and in the presence of KAUST’s strategic partners, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), The Industrial Clusters (IC), Research Products Development Company (RPDC), and SaudiVax Ltd.

The Saudi Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center is the first research and industrial center in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East to develop vaccines and biopharmaceutical products. It will run in adherence to good manufacturing practice (GMP) for biologic pharmaceutical drugs production and will develop and produce the first line of defense against epidemic risks in the Kingdom, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The center is based at the KAUST Research and Technology Park, which is home to world leading tenants in the fields of research and development. Their choice of KAUST embodies the University’s long-term commitment to pushing the industry forward.

“The KAUST Research and Technology Park is an innovation base for 28 companies – from startups to multinationals – and offers partners access to KAUST’s cutting edge lab facilities and the opportunity to collaborate with our world-class faculty, researchers and students,” said Tony Chan, president of KAUST.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.