KSA’s entertainment authority inks deal with Colleges of Excellence to promote national talent

The agreement aims to promote cooperation between both parties by attracting students to programs supervised by the CoE. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2019

KSA’s entertainment authority inks deal with Colleges of Excellence to promote national talent

  • GEA would partake in outlining the standards and skills required for workers in the entertainment industry

RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA), represented by its chief sector development officer Ahmed Al-Sharqi, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Colleges of Excellence (CoE), represented by its CEO, Dr. Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri, to enhance cooperation between the two bodies and transfer expertise in the fields of training, education and human resources development.
The MoU was signed at GEA’s headquarters in Riyadh on June 30. The agreement aims to promote cooperation between both parties by attracting students to programs supervised by the CoE and engaging them in practical training programs through the events licensed by GEA. Throughout the agreement, GEA would also partake in outlining the standards and skills required for workers in the entertainment industry in accordance with CoE’s curricula, which is aligned with global vocational training institutions.
This step reflects GEA’s aim to promote the entertainment sector by enrolling young Saudi talents.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.