STC digitization plans on show at GITEX

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, toured the STC booth at GITEX 2019 in Dubai.
Updated 07 October 2019

STC digitization plans on show at GITEX

The 39th GITEX Technology Week, the largest regional IT exhibition and conference, kicked off on Sunday at the Dubai World Trade Centre showcasing the latest trends and product innovations from across the world.

The event, which runs until Thursday, was officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), which is participating in the exhibition, welcomed Sheikh Hamdan to its booth, in the presence of STC Chairman Mohammed bin Khaled Abdullah Al-Faisal and STC Group CEO Nasser Al-Nasser. 

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the company’s latest ICT sector services and solutions, in line with its role as an enabler of digital services and transformation in the Kingdom.

Riyadh Muawad, senior vice president of B2B at STC, said the company chose the theme “Tomorrow’s Solutions Today” for this year to showcase its services and innovative solutions in the digitization of government and private sectors, cloud computing, big data analysis and cybersecurity solutions, in addition to its journey toward customer experience enrichment. The telecom giant is also showcasing solutions related to 5G, the last of which were rolled out during the Hajj this year.

Muawad pointed out that these services reflect the valuable role of the STC Group in enabling digital solutions and the digital transformation of the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030. 

STC will also be outlining future digitization plans, the role of data centers in improving service efficiency, and the analysis of big data and its importance, helping it deliver tomorrow’s solutions today.

It will also be shedding light on its major cloud, IoT, digital, and IT services, and updates to its telecom infrastructure, making it one of the most powerful networks delivering digital services.

During the exhibition, STC will be highlighting the Kingdom’s progress in digital transformation as one of the Saudi Vision 2030 programs, where STC is considered to be a key enabler of the Kingdom’s transformation in the public and private sectors.

Through its strategy, STC works primarily on the growth of services, platforms and digital infrastructure, taking into account the greater value of its existing assets — its employees, brand, customer base, technological assets, and business partners — to ensure that available resources are sufficient to invest in future opportunities.

This year’s GITEX edition features 4,500 companies representing 100 countries. The event offers global suppliers a unique opportunity to enter fast-growing markets.


Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.