Saudi Human Resources Development Fund launches e-summer camp to train young jobseekers

Updated 08 July 2019
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Saudi Human Resources Development Fund launches e-summer camp to train young jobseekers

RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) launched the e-summer camp program on Sunday in partnership with King Abdul Aziz University, King Khalid University, the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises and Saudi Telecom Co.

The launch ceremony, held at the Hadaf headquarters in Riyadh, was attended by the director general of Hadaf, Mohammed Al-Sudairy.

The program aims to equip community members with the skills and knowledge required for the job market to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030.

Mohammed Al-Shuwaier, director general for the development and design of training programs at Hadaf, presented the features of the electronic training platform Doroob, which he supervises.

He said that Doroob is a national electronic platform that provides training to meet the needs of the job market. It aims to expand training, cover all regions and develop the skills of students, job seekers and employees. 

Al-Shuwaier said that the e-summer camp runs until Aug. 31, and is available through the Doroob platform (www.doroob.sa).

He added that the program targets all segments of society, including students, job seekers, employees, owners of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs.


Korean language rising in popularity among Saudis

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Korean language rising in popularity among Saudis

  • Korean is the 20th most spoken language in the world, and is gaining popularity as the second foreign language across Asia

JEDDAH: Korean music and TV, better known as K-pop and K-drama, have relished a momentous rise in popularity all over the world.

As Korean soap operas and pop groups have captivated audiences, Korean has become an appealing language to learn. Now, Saudis are joining the growing crowd of enthusiasts.

There are a variety of reasons why Saudis want to learn Korean: To enjoy watching their favorite shows in the original language, to visit and experience the culture of Korea first-hand, or even to move to South Korea. 

“Most of my students loved K-pop and Korean dramas, and they wanted to expand their knowledge by learning the language,” Myung Hee Park from the Korean International School in Jeddah told Arab News.

“Sometimes they learned the language because they wanted to understand the shows without having to read the English subtitles.”

People from all over Saudi Arabia are traveling to Korea to attend concerts and watch their favorite artists perform.

“Lots of the people who come to learn from me have an experience of visiting Korea and enjoying concerts by artists such as BTS, Monsta X or SM Town,” Myung said.

Saudi appreciation of Korea does not stop at entertainment. “Some of my students wanted to study at Korean universities too,” Myung said.

Last November, 51 people took part in the first Ambassador’s Cup Korean Speech competition, held at the official residence of the South Korean ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Jo Byung-wook. The competition was organized to promote the country’s culture, language and heritage.

“The growing interest in learning the Korean language in Saudi Arabia shows the strength of our bilateral relations,” said the ambassador.

“Korean is the 20th most spoken language in the world, and is gaining popularity as the second foreign language across Asia, the US and even the Middle East.”

Myung said: “There are many (cultural) similarities between the two countries, and I think that’s one of the reasons why Saudis have fallen in love with Korean culture so easily.”

She said Prince Sultan Al-Faisal Al-Saud “is an amazing student. Even when he comes back from long business trips, he resumes his lessons the very next day. I can see joy in the eyes of the people I’m teaching, and it makes my profession very rewarding.”

English teacher Amira Mohammad Al-Khateeb, who has been learning Korean, said: “It’s one of the languages that I’ve always wanted to learn. I’ve been watching Korean dramas for years, and at some point I sat myself down and said, ‘Amira you must learn the language now.’ I was delighted to find the school in Jeddah.”

She added: “After I learn the language, I intend to go to Korea and become a teacher there. I don’t just want to speak Korean for fun, I want to become a part of Korean culture.”