US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal and University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 26 October 2016

US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

JEDDAH: US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal met with University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and Vice Rector Lulwa Al-Mutlaq at the UBT Continuing Education Center at King’s Road Tower last week.
Ambassador Westphal, Consul General Matthias Mitman, Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and deans from UBT discussed future collaboration.
A group of students was heavily engaged in one such collaboration — a leadership workshop led by Kay Westerfield, a global communications expert and US Consulate guest .
UBT students graduate with degrees ranging from business to advertising — all fields that cultivate leadership skills.
Westerfield stressed important tenets of leadership with the group of students, such as resilience, and challenged them to envision themselves as leaders.
Following the meeting with the rector, Ambassador Westphal spoke to the students participating in the leadership workshop and shared his vision of what makes a great leader.
The students enjoyed the level of interaction and learned from each other. They left the workshop feeling inspired about their bright futures.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”