KAUST trains 100 Saudi tech champs at bootcamp

Over 100 participants and mentors gathered on the KAUST campus in Thuwal for five days of intensive training at the first bootcamp hosted on the university’s campus.
Updated 17 July 2019

KAUST trains 100 Saudi tech champs at bootcamp

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is hosting three entrepreneurship bootcamps in support of the Tech Champions program by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). Over 100 participants and mentors gathered on the KAUST campus in Thuwal for five days of intensive training at the first bootcamp hosted on the university’s campus.

Designed to achieve the Kingdom’s objectives of forming a digital economy, the bootcamps are the first step in the Tech Champions program focused on creating digital business solutions in various industries including e-commerce, health, and smart cities, in addition to sports and entertainment, and Hajj. 

The entrepreneurs worked through training sessions with the Entrepreneurship Center at KAUST by designing and developing their startup ideas through intensive mentorship, prototyping, and access to the latest innovation trends. 

The event ended with a mock showcase competition where startups were given two minutes to pitch their tech ideas to an audience, followed with three minutes of Q&A, and another three minutes of feedback from the judges.

Aside from top-tier mentorship and exposure to global and local investors, the startups benefited from access to over 40 partners in the private and government sectors of the Kingdom. 

“This is a fantastic initiative in partnership with MCIT to challenge young people to go beyond digital technologies and look at emerging and deep technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. We are helping them learn how to apply these to create the businesses of the future,” said Kevin Cullen, vice president for innovation and economic development at KAUST. 

KAUST and MCIT are committed to common goals of supporting the Kingdom’s efforts toward achieving digital transformation and becoming a leading global entrepreneurial hub. 

Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology industry and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “The rapid evolutions in the use of artificial intelligence systems, robotics, IoT and large data, force us to assess and bridge the current existing and the future digital skills gap in the Kingdom.”


Emirates Aviation University woos global students

Updated 24 August 2019

Emirates Aviation University woos global students

Emirates Aviation University has introduced an international student study package, offering financial benefits and support to international students.

The package includes 20 percent savings on costs for university accommodation, 15 percent discount on program fees, and a complimentary economy class return ticket per year on Emirates. The package will also offer the students free services for three persons from Marhaba, a passenger services provider, free hotel accommodation for two adults for three days as well as a waiver for all visa administration charges.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Ali, vice chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, said: “Getting your kids settled in a new university and city can be a difficult task for many parents. The special package will give parents peace of mind and ensure a stress-free experience, as they help their children settle in Dubai. With the new benefits, students can easily visit their parents and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while pursuing their academic and career goals at Emirates Aviation University.”

Studying abroad helps students develop powerful personal and professional relationships, long-lasting cultural ties, find new interests and experience life from a different perspective.

“Emirates Aviation University believes that education is greatly enhanced by experience and exposure to different, real-life perspectives, and thus supports its students and provides them with the best tools to benefit from unique opportunities academically and in personal development,” the university said. 

The university offers an extensive range of aviation-related specializations. Students can choose from vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programs that combine the highest standard of academics with the latest development in the field of aviation. The programs are offered in collaboration with Coventry University in the UK and accredited by different national and international institutions, including last year’s accreditation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a Maintenance Training Organization.

Emirates Aviation University is the academic wing of the Emirates Group and one of the region’s most prestigious universities. It is also one of the Middle East’s leading educational institutions for aviation programs. Growing from a small college to a full-fledged university in 2014, it offers more than 35 programs in various fields of study. This growth underscores the demand for quality higher education in the UAE.

Emirates Aviation University recently announced a new six-month internship program with the Emirates Group for students who demonstrate extraordinary academic performance. The coveted program will help students combine academic study with practical, applied experience relevant to their education and career plans.

Students who enroll from Fall 2019 onwards will be eligible for the internship program in their final year of education.