Launch of 5G corporate services in KSA in 2020

Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, was speaking at the STC Media Club meeting held on the sidelines of GITEX 2019 in Dubai.
Updated 12 October 2019

Launch of 5G corporate services in KSA in 2020

Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, said STC has increased the number of sites equipped with 5G in various regions across Saudi Arabia. He said the fifth-generation (5G) corporate services will be launched in early 2020 and that today the Kingdom is considered among the countries best prepared for the launch of these services.

During the STC Media Club meeting held on the sidelines of GITEX 2019 in Dubai, Al-Nasser said the Kingdom’s support to the telecommunications sector has contributed to the development and growth of this sector, as well as improvement of its infrastructure in record time, in order to achieve the digital transformation goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.

In this context, he pointed out that InspireU, the Kingdom’s first corporate incubator/accelerator for startups addressing ICT/digital innovation, features 28 projects, with a total investment value of SR60 million ($16 million). 

Al-Nasser said: “The market value of these investments is SR300 million. InspireU includes 16 million employees, and has contributed to the creation of 160,000 employment opportunities, including part-time jobs.” 

Abdullah Al-Kanhal, senior VP of corporate affairs at STC, said InspireU, along with STC, supports innovative youth projects with funds and expertise.

New media specialist Dr. Ammar Bakkar showcased a presentation entitled “The Impact of 5G Networks on the Future of Telecommunications and Media.” Furthermore, three projects supported by the Saudi telecom giant were also highlighted. These include: Micro-lending application Sulfah; Carwah, which provides integrated data to facilitate car rental services; and Ayen, which aims at helping in the assessment of the effectiveness of prefabricated houses.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”