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.”


Nature Index ranks KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, 119 globally

Updated 07 June 2020

Nature Index ranks KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, 119 globally

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has been ranked 119 among 500 academic institutions globally in the Nature Index table for 2020. This places KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, as the university obtains 84 percent of the Kingdom’s fractional count share. The recent ranking also places KAUST globally at 69 in physical sciences, 87 in chemistry, and 89 in earth and environmental sciences.

“We are delighted to see the strength of our research outputs recognized by the latest Nature Index table,” said KAUST Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Materials Physics and Device Engineering Donal Bradley. “The ability and dedication of our faculty members, research staff and students allow KAUST to successfully contribute, alongside world-class academic peers, to pushing the boundaries of knowledge to address the critical challenges facing the Kingdom and the world.”

The Nature Index Annual Tables showcase institutions with the highest outputs of top-quality research. The index tracks the output of the top 50 countries globally showing that KAUST’s Nature Index FC output is greater than the entire FC output of 17 countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the UAE.

In 2019, the Nature Index Normalized Ranking ranked KAUST first in Saudi Arabia and 18 among world leaders in natural sciences, considering the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output.

Established in 2009, KAUST is a graduate research university devoted to finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges in the areas of food, water, energy and the environment. With 19 research areas related to these themes and state-of-the art labs, KAUST has created a collaborative and interdisciplinary problem-solving environment, which has resulted in more than 11,000 published papers to date. 

With more than 100 different nationalities living, working and studying on campus, KAUST has brought together the best minds and ideas from around the world with the goal of advancing science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research. The university has proved to be a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world.