Fake engineers being deported

Updated 09 May 2013

Fake engineers being deported

The presence of bogus engineers in the Kingdom goes against ethics and a spirit of professionalism, said Abdullah Shahri, director for the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) in Makkah Province.
In an exclusive interview with Arab News, he lashed out at unprofessional individuals who claimed they were engineers. The SCE was working to protect genuine and professional engineers in the Kingdom and was determined to weed out holders of fake degrees. He said engineers played a vital role in the country and professionalism must be maintained.
He said the SCE was evaluating the academic qualifications and practical experiences of those who worked in the engineering profession.
He said the SCE was creating professional records for each engineer, containing documents on his qualifying grades and his professional experiences and progress.
Shahri said that every engineer working in the Kingdom must be registered with the SCE. Without this membership an expatriate engineer can’t renew his residency permit (iqama).
The SCE system allows for four professional grades: engineer, associate engineer, professional engineer and consultant engineer. For architects there are four similar categories.
He explained that an engineer must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a four-year course. He should submit a yearly mark sheet for four years along with a copy of his passport and iqama, and a letter from his sponsor.
“Attaining qualifying points for the renewal of a membership in three years is important. An engineer has to obtain 80 points, associate and professional engineers need 60 points and consultant engineers 50 points,” said Shahri.
He said points are calculated according to the scientific and professional acquisitions of the engineer. It includes the qualifying points for all activities and tasks practiced by engineers such as academic qualification, professional grades, courses and training, employment ranks, membership in organizations and associations, scientific participation, conferences and seminars, engineering arbitration, engineering leadership, and other works.
The registration fee varies from one profession to another in the engineering field, starting from SR 1,250 to SR 2,800. Membership is valid for three years. After the first renewal the registration fee is less.
So far, the SCE has found 1,050 fake degrees among engineers in Saudi Arabia.
Engineers whose degrees were found forged came from the Philippines (317), India (178), Pakistan (92), Egypt (89), Syria (53), Jordan (44), Lebanon (44), Sudan (40), Palestine (35), Bangladesh (16), China (12), Yemen (12), France (10), South Korea (7), The UK (7), Sri Lanka (5), Turkey (4), the US (4) and Cyprus (3). There were also 29 Saudis holding a fake engineering degree.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.