BISJ students wow global universities

From left, Salma Islam, MIT; Hija Ali, Cambridge; Ian Williams, school director; Hafiz Mohammed Amri, Oxford; and Jad Abdel Jawad, Stanford and Harvard. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 01 May 2018

BISJ students wow global universities

Students of the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) have received university offers from some of the top universities around the world. 

The school, which celebrates 40 years this year, has grown from a small villa, with a few pupils to offering IGCSE at age 16 and now culminating in the International Baccalaureate exams. Over 60 nationalities now are registered for a British-style education, which prepares students for universities around the world.

“It is fitting in this 40th year that we are also celebrating university offers from some of the top universities around the world. These offers show that students who study at any school in the Kingdom should keep their sights on the best universities in the world. The Year 13 students are now on study leave preparing for the remainder of their IB exams which begin later this week,” a press release said.

The students that have studied art as one of their courses have already had their exhibition. 

The school caters for children from years Kindergarten to Year 13 and has in excess of 1,500 students. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and by the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Additionally, BISJ is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and is a center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIS).

The school has a purpose-built facility with over 100 dedicated classrooms, including swimming pools, an Astroturf pitch and a number of science and IT labs. The sports program is quite challenging and the standard outdoor education curriculum includes windsurfing, sailing and kayaking on the Red Sea.

PepsiCo & SWMC partner to enhance environmental sustainability in KSA

Tamer Mosalam, Vice President & General Manager GCC and Levant, PepsiCo
Updated 03 August 2020

PepsiCo & SWMC partner to enhance environmental sustainability in KSA

PepsiCo and the Saudi Waste Management Center (SWMC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a strategic partnership that aims to enhance sustainability in the Kingdom. The MoU highlights the two parties’ role in promoting sustainability policies based on international best practices to support a circular economy. The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah F. Al-Sebaei, CEO and board member of SWMC, and Tamer Mosalam, vice president, general manager GCC and Levant business unit, PepsiCo.
The first sustainability project in the partnership saw Aquafina (the brand of purified bottled water produced by PepsiCo) and the SWMC introduce innovative solutions to facilitate a more environmentally friendly Hajj. To do this, the two parties provided customized smart bins especially built for the event around Makkah’s holy sites. The smart bins can segregate, and crush plastic bottles to minimize plastic waste. The machines operate through solar power and reduce carbon footprint.


The first sustainability project under the partnership was the implementation of a more environmentally friendly Hajj.

Additionally, an Aquafina recycling awareness campaign encouraged pilgrims to actively participate in making sustainable choices. The results of the project will help inform and guide future projects in next year’s Hajj when the Kingdom will once again welcome back millions of pilgrims to the Kingdom.
To produce the smart bins, PepsiCo delivered on its commitment to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during COVID-19. The company worked with Cycled to create customizable Aquafina-branded smart bins for this year’s Hajj.
SWMC CEO Al-Sebaei said: “Our partnership with PepsiCo gives us an opportunity to generate more awareness on the importance of sustainable waste collection and develop a proactive culture of recycling.”
Mosalam said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, represented by Saudi Waste Management Center.”