New college to promote entrepreneurship

GOOD MOVE: The new college will be located inside the sprawling King Abdullah Economic City, near Jeddah.
Updated 28 June 2016
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New college to promote entrepreneurship

RABIGH: The MISK Charitable Foundation and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) concluded a cooperation deal with Babson College and Lockheed Martin to start the Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The deal, reached under the supervision of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was signed in Washington, D.C. by Badr Al-Asaker, secretary-general of the Mohammad bin Salman Foundation (MISK); Fahd Al-Rasheed, group CEO and MD of KAEC and vice president of the board of trustees of the college; and Kerry Healey, president of Babson College.
This college is the first outcome of the fruitful partnership between MISK and KAEC, and in line with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad’s vision for the development of education and knowledge for the youth of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Rasheed, on behalf of the college’s staff and partners, thanked Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his unwavering confidence in and support of the qualitative education sector.
“We are proud to have launched this leading educational institution, which will play a key role in supporting and developing business sectors that encourage initiatives in education and other sectors that help young Saudis," said Al-Rasheed.
The partnership between MISK and KAEC is an important contributor to the development of the business sector, thanks to its role in supporting and recruiting major institutions that help young Saudis hone their professional skills,” he added.
Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship is the first to offer BA and postgraduate degrees in entrepreneurship in the Kingdom. Babson College, the leading entrepreneurship college in the United States, and Lockheed Martin, a leading business conglomerate, will present their vast expertise in higher education through an innovative applied education system.
“Our decision to work with MISK and KAEC on this great educational institution comes out of our desire to expand and offer a true model of entrepreneurship,” said Healey. “We felt that MISK’s vision and attention to education is in line with our own, and so is that of the economic city, which enjoys great vision, strategic location, a world-class infrastructure, and the ingredients of rapid growth — all of which made it the ideal place for us to realize our educational vision. The outcomes of the college will play a great role in pushing the Kingdom’s economy forward.”
The college will include the Kingdom’s first entrepreneurial research and development center, which will conduct administrative and strategic studies on business development, allowing students to interact with and contribute their ideas to both the public and private sectors.
“We are committed to supporting economic development in the Kingdom through an innovative program that guarantees sustainable revenues,” said Alan Shenouda, executive manager of Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia. “We are proud to be partners in implementing this incredible initiative.”


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.