Saudi university teams up with HRCI for Vision 2030

The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah will soon offer international human resource management credentials from HRCI.
Updated 17 January 2018

Saudi university teams up with HRCI for Vision 2030

The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah has announced it will soon offer international human resource management credentials from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), provider of the HR credentials for professionals in more than 100 countries.
Credentials from Alexandria, Virginia-based HRCI include US-based and internationally focused designations that recognize various levels of HR professional excellence in the US and abroad. Providing international HRCI certifications and certification preparation expands the university’s executive education offerings in response to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 mission to raise the standards of HR performance in the public and private sectors.
“The HR body of knowledge is essential for driving business results through the establishment of performance management standards, employee training and development, leadership development and the creation of work environments that provide equal opportunities for all workers,” said Amy Schabacker Dufrane, SPHR, CAE, CEO of HRCI. “The UBT CEC alliance will greatly expand the reach of HRCI certifications and HR excellence in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.”
UBT CEC will initially offer the Associate Professional in Human Resources — International (aPHRi) to its university seniors and MBA students with a major in human resources. The university will also make the Professional in Human Resources — International (PHRi) and Senior Professional in Human Resources — International (SPHRi) available to HR professional candidates and senior professional candidates with strategic HR leadership roles.
No prerequisite HR experience is required for candidates to apply for the aPHRi, a knowledge-based certification. The PHRi and SPHRi, which demonstrate knowledge and practice-based competencies, require prerequisite levels of HR experience and education. Certification candidates must also demonstrate HR knowledge and competency by successfully passing HRCI exams. Certification preparation courses will also be available from UBT CEC. “The highly reputed, credible and career-oriented certifications from HRCI will offer significant added value to HR professionals in line with the country’s Vision 2030,” said Amir Dhia, UBT CEC director. “To address the strategies, challenges and changes of work, human resources, more than ever, is a top priority for organizations and management, whether in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere around the world.”


New Land Rover Defender makes global debut

Updated 16 September 2019

New Land Rover Defender makes global debut

Land Rover has revealed the New Defender with a dramatic live-action demonstration of its capability at the Frankfurt Motor Show. 

The new 4x4 made its first appearance by descending an extreme 42-degree incline at the show — a feat broadcast live to a global audience of fans. The Defender is said to be the most capable and durable Land Rover ever made and its debut in Frankfurt marked the end of its first adventure, to the Valley of the Castles in the Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan — one of the most land-locked places on earth. 

Professional mountaineer Kenton Cool drove New Defender in Kazakhstan and he was in Frankfurt to give the new model his seal of approval alongside Olympic medal-winning equestrian rider Zara Tindall.

New Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. 

The range comprises Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top-of-the-range Defender X. Customers will be able to personalize their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover, with four accessory packs — the Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. First Edition models featuring unique specification will be available throughout the first year of production.

Felix Bräutigam, chief commercial officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “New Defender will be available in 128 global markets and meets or exceeds the toughest emissions and safety requirements in the world. Combining advanced technology and durable mechanical underpinnings we have delivered the toughness and character you can only find in a Defender. With four personalities to choose from, two body styles and a comprehensive range of options and accessories, customers will be able to personalize Defender to make their ultimate 4x4 companion — whatever their lifestyle.”

Mountaineer Cool, who has climbed Everest 14 times, said: “The Land Rover Defender, and Series models before it, have been the backbone of countless adventures going back more than 70 years. I was excited to begin a new chapter in the history of the world’s most iconic 4x4 by taking New Defender on its first expedition and the trip to remote Kazakhstan and tested it to the extreme. I can say for certain that negotiating its way down the climbing wall in Frankfurt gave only the smallest glimpse of its amazing off- and on-road capability.”

Gerry McGovern, chief design officer, Land Rover, said: “The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a new Defender for a new age. Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable — a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.”