McGraw-Hill Education appoints Obeikan Education as exclusive distributor in KSA

McGraw-Hill Education recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Saudi Arabia with Obeikan Education.
Updated 22 February 2018

McGraw-Hill Education appoints Obeikan Education as exclusive distributor in KSA

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Saudi Arabia with Obeikan Education, a leading regional education solutions company. Through this agreement, McGraw-Hill Education’s English language US editions and KSA adaptations of K-12 print and digital products within its Math and Science portfolio and its English language learning products that serve both the K-12 and higher education markets, will be available via Obeikan Education’s extensive distribution network of private and international K-12 and higher education institutions in the Kingdom.
This partnership supports McGraw-Hill Education’s vision of unlocking the full potential of each learner and also reinforces Obeikan Education’s commitment to be the supplier of choice for the leading national and international schools and higher education institutions in the region.
Hania Baramki, regional commercial director, Middle East and Africa, of McGraw-Hill Education, said: “With this agreement McGraw-Hill Education and Obeikan Education will work together to further our products’ availability for the local markets, which we have served for the past seven years. We are delighted to join hands with Obeikan Education and thrilled by the prospect of expanding our focus within the Saudi market, as well as widening our regional footprint within the Middle East. This move is a testament of our commitment to becoming the publisher of choice for our print and digital customers in the region.”
Abdallah Obeikan, CEO of Obeikan Investment Group, said: “We believe that Obeikan Education’s unique capabilities in education, localization and curriculum development, digital and distribution together with McGraw-Hill Education’s expertise in learning solutions and curriculum content places our partnership in a prime position to serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s schools and higher education institutions. I am excited about the opportunity to partner with McGraw-Hill Education to deliver innovative offerings in this growing market.”


Huawei ICT Competition opens to students in KSA

Updated 28 October 2020

Huawei ICT Competition opens to students in KSA

Huawei is now running the 4th edition of its flagship annual ICT competition in Saudi Arabia to support the next generation of leaders for an intelligent world, in line with government national plans and strategies.

The Huawei ICT Competition underpins technology utilization and aims to support socioeconomic development by bolstering the overall ICT ecosystem through local talent. Such individuals can in turn help the Kingdom achieve its national development plans and ambitious visions for more sustainable knowledge-based economies. This year’s competition is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

From October to December, thousands of undergraduate students are expected to participate in the competition, which is being held virtually for the first time due to physical distancing measures. All university students in the Kingdom can take part in this competition.

Ibrahim bin Nasser Al-Nasser, general director of the Digital Innovation Center at MCIT, said: “The ICT sector is a significant national industry promoting Saudi Arabia’s global competitiveness and economic strength. Private sector programs like the Huawei ICT Competition are highly valued in supporting these ambitions, developing indigenous innovation overall while nurturing a supportive environment for the ICT sector in particular.”

Faisal bin Ayyad Al-Otaibi, director general of HR at Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “Empowering the Kingdom’s youth with global knowledge and new skills plays a key role in the future of socioeconomic growth. Huawei is committed to expanding the ICT value chain in Saudi Arabia through local talent and building open ecosystems ... Moreover, by offering participants access to online exchanges and learning, we can create more equal opportunities for quality education, enabling more people to benefit from the digital economy.”

Zhao Liuqing, minister counselor for economic and commercial affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia, added: “Saudi Arabia has long been our partner in many endeavors, and we value this relationship immensely. By working together on initiatives such as talent development and the evolution of the ICT sector, we can create new value for both of our societies.”

The training and competition tracks for this year — held under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future” — focus on advanced technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud computing, and data storage, facilitating connections between international talent.

This year will also see the introduction of the Huawei Innovation Competition, held in parallel to the ICT competition. It focuses on supporting undergraduate students and teachers in using innovative technologies such as AI, cloud computing, and big data to create valuable and meaningful applications for society.

Winners of the regional competitions will receive a certification, future learning opportunities, a $20,000 cash prize, and more.

In the past years, over 7,100 students from across the Kingdom applied for the Middle East ICT Competition from leading colleges and universities. The competition was supported by ministries, various ambassadors, and academic chancellors from some of Saudi Arabia’s top-ranking universities. 

Three teams participated in the ICT competition, and traveled to China to compete at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, where they came in third place in the competition.