SEHAI honors new graduates

SEHAI honors new graduates
Updated 12 May 2014

SEHAI honors new graduates

SEHAI honors new graduates

Saudi Electronics and Home Appliances Institute (SEHAI) hosted an impressive graduation ceremony for the 4th and 5th batches of graduates at its headquarters in Diriyyah on Sunday. The colorful ceremony began with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an and was attended by a large presence of prominent businessmen.
SEHAI, an example of the close partnership between Saudi Arabia and Japan in training Saudi youth, was set up as a result of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries through which the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) agreed to provide support to the institute and a specialized team from the Nippon Engineering University in Japan designed the institute’s curriculum.
The aim of establishing a non-profit specialized electronics and home appliances institute was to qualify the Saudi youth to provide them with technical skills. The electronics and home appliances’ graduates will play an important role in the national economy and help the Kingdom phase out foreign workers suitably replacing them with local talents.
Jiro Kodera, the Japanese ambassador, congratulated the graduates on their successful completion of the two-year course with SEHAI.
“Let me first of all extend my sincere congratulations. I am sure you have learned a lot of things, not only all the kinds of techniques regarding electronics but also English language, work ethics, and discipline,” Kodera said.
“Here I would like to underline work ethics and discipline because both of them are indispensable for good team work which is the key to success in any organization, in particular the technical and maintenance industry where you are going to work from now on,” he observed.
Exuding confidence he said, “I am confident that the training you have received here will help you in your future career.”
Underlining the importance of the Saudi-Japan relationship, he said, “Fifty-nine years have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan. Our bilateral relations have been good all through these years. SEHAI is a good example of the close cooperation between Japan and KSA as it is a joint endeavor.”
He added, “Since its establishment in 2009, SEHAI has done a great job with 219 students having graduated from the institute until now. I hope that SEHAI will continue to work for many decades to produce a huge number of good mechanics who will become a symbol of the cooperation between the two countries and also a bridge between the two societies by spreading the Japanese culture of manufacturing and Japanese professional ethics.”
Fahad bin Sulaiman Al-Harbi, SEHAI director said, “We have increased the number of batches from one to two and with these two batches the total number of students graduating from SEHAI will rise to 326.”
Commenting on the increase in batches, he observed, “This came in response to the increasing demand by companies. During the past two years, we have received more than 350 recruitment applications for one batch, which is an indication that the outcome of SEHAI have become a main solution for Saudization in the electronics, home appliances, refrigeration, air conditioning and electro-mechanics in the private sector.”
In addition, SEHAI is currently serving 14 companies.
He also thanked the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), Ministry of Economy and Trade in Japan and the Nippon Engineering University.
Akio Nakanishi, managing director of JCCME said, “It is a very special occasion because it relates to excellence and success after the two-year intensive and robust training.”
He added that JCCME is privileged to play a part in supporting the management and operation of SEHAI, which has become a symbol of continuous cooperation between the Kingdom and Japan.
Ali bin Nasser AlGhafis, TVTC governor also attended the ceremony and expressed hopes that the two-year training at SEHAI would be a lifelong experience for the graduates.