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.”


Atkins unveils framework to reshape transport sector

Updated 17 September 2020

Atkins unveils framework to reshape transport sector

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has launched a white paper titled “Reimagining Transport and Mobility for a Sustainable Economic Recovery.” The white paper, which is developed by Atkins’ advisory business arm, Atkins Acuity, outlines the COVID-19 impact on the transport industry and provides a strategic framework to transition from short-term recovery to a medium-to-long-term transformation to achieve resilience and sustainability.

With lockdowns and restrictions on economic and social activity lifting, the challenge is how to maintain reopening safely, restore business and consumer confidence and provide the right economic and fiscal stimulus that will support the early stages of a viable recovery toward the end of the year and into 2021. However, the transport industry in the GCC has the opportunity to reshape its infrastructure, services and operations through the adoption of diagnostic tools, data analytics, planning principles and digital engineering to achieve improved outcomes and a better future.

Johan Hesselsøe, managing director, UAE, at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, said: “In the UAE, we have seen an increased focus beyond COVID-19 on creating sustainable infrastructure and transport systems that enhance the well-being of residents and minimize environmental impacts. We are working closely with our clients to navigate current challenges and achieve their long-term goals by providing our engineering, design and project management expertise combined with digital capabilities.”

Ian Redmayne, managing director, Saudi Arabia at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, added: “Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, the crisis has reinforced the need for economic diversification in the Kingdom to foster socio-economic development in line with Saudi Vision 2030. With a proven track record in Saudi Arabia, we are proud to support this vision by sharing our market knowledge and expertise and working together with the public and private sectors to shape sustainable communities of the future.”

Through collaboration of SNC-Lavalin’s transport planning and strategic advisory experts across the world, the white paper presents a three-phase model: Reopen, Recover and Reimagine. This frames how the transport sector should respond to the unprecedented socio-economic shock inflicted by COVID-19, as well as the impact of low oil prices on GCC exports and finances. Looking beyond the immediate crisis, SNC-Lavalin’s reimagined approach to the future of transport brings together a broader agenda combining three pillars of land use, physical mobility and digital connectivity and comprises eight cross-cutting building blocks.