British Council, Education Ministry kick off Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program is a three-year program, which aims to teach young people essential skills and behaviors such as teamwork, leadership, and persistence through sports teacher training and participation.
Updated 14 November 2019

British Council, Education Ministry kick off Youth Leadership Program

The British Council, in partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Education, represented by the National Center for Professional Education Development, has announced the launch of the 2019 Youth Leadership Program.

The Youth Leadership Program is a three-year program, delivered by the UK-based charity, Youth Sports Trust International, which aims to teach young people essential skills and behaviors such as teamwork, leadership, and persistence through sports teacher training and participation.

Following two successful years, the 2019 program has grown significantly, with more coaches and teachers being trained across new locations.

Between Nov. 10 and Dec. 10, 120 coaches and teachers and 300 students are expected to participate in the program. This year female participation is expected to double. Furthermore, in addition to Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province, the program has now been expanded to Taif and Tabuk.

Amanda Ingram, deputy director, British Council, Saudi Arabia, said: “We are delighted to announce the start of the third year of the Youth Sports Leadership Program, which we bring to Saudi Arabia in partnership with the Ministry of Education. It is a pleasure to work together with the ministry and deliver this program, which embodies our shared vision of increased and inclusive participation in sport and good quality sports education driven by trained male and female trainers.

“Participating in sport is invaluable to the life of young people; it teaches them essential skills they can use as they progress through life and they have great fun along the way. We wish all the teachers and students’ great success over the next weeks.”

Dr. Ahmed Aljuhaime, executive director of the National Center for Professional Education Development, Ministry of Education, said: “We are proud to partner with the British Council to bring this program to our country for the third year in a row, with the same motivation and ability to deliver.” 

By working together on this great initiative, it can enhance the interest of the educational and local community toward adopting healthy and balanced lifestyles that contribute to achieving a quality of life according to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”


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.”