IHCC wins ‘Best Work Environment Award’ in KSA

International Hospitals Construction Co. (IHCC) is a turnkey solutions provider that specializes in health care, education and mixed-use projects.
Updated 05 February 2019

IHCC wins ‘Best Work Environment Award’ in KSA

International Hospitals Construction Co. (IHCC), a turnkey solutions provider that specializes in health care, education and mixed-use projects, has won the “Best Work Environment Award” in Saudi Arabia. The award introduced by “Great Place to Work” evaluates the applicants’ HR standards and practices, and their role in improving the work environments, to decide the winner in each sector. The winners are selected through a questionnaire on job satisfaction filled out by company staff. It evaluates justice, respect, pride and cooperation.

The “Best Work Environment Award” aims to identify the best working environments in local enterprises that are capable of attracting and developing national cadres of young men and women, empowering Saudi women and enhancing the efficiency of the labor market. The classification of enterprises is based on best working environments, reflecting the extent of their impact and the strength of their performance in the sector.

IHCC was chosen from 120 participating companies in all sectors of small- and medium-sized companies representing the private and public sectors as well as nonprofitable sectors.

Sultan Batterjee, CEO of IHCC, praised the staff and management of the company. “It is high time we won this prestigious award. Our primary conviction is that the role of human capital is paramount and that everyone has the opportunity to improve and develop professionally. We are proud that we have been members of IHCC team for several decades, many of us are involved at the senior management level. Our company has a workforce constituting different nationalities and sharing their opinions and experiences are an important part of our development.”

He said encouraging and rewarding the human element and maintaining a good working environment are some of the main pillars of the company’s values. 

“We believe that we are one of the most advanced entities in following these principles. I am very happy to achieve high rates in the Saudization process through which almost half of the human element is from our nation. IHCC will continue to promote this environment by developing training, career development and employment policies that motivate employees to do their best,” Batterjee added.

IHCC has more than 25 years of experience as a design-build company in the MENA region with extensive knowledge and experience in delivering turnkey solution projects. The company manages projects from inception to completion, including comprehensive feasibility studies, conceptualization, architectural and engineering design to civil and electro-mechanical construction, financing including complete procurement, equipping, furnishing and installation and operational management services.

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.