12-week camp launched to train Saudi IT professionals

12-week camp launched to train Saudi IT professionals
Saudi women attend a hackathon in Jeddah on August 1, 2018. (AFP)
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Updated 20 December 2020

12-week camp launched to train Saudi IT professionals

12-week camp launched to train Saudi IT professionals
  • The academy intends to provide quality training in areas such as cybersecurity, data analysis, modern digital technology and leadership skills, in collaboration with prestigious academic institutions including MIT and Imperial College London

RIYADH: The Saudi Digital Academy on Saturday launched the “Himma Blockchain Camp” to train IT professionals.
The 12-week camp includes courses on the basics, history, structure and applications of  blockchain technology. Participants will also be taught about algorithms, bitcoin, cybersecurity, privacy and protection.
It is a good opportunity for those who wish to know details about the blockchain technology, its importance and uses in today’s world.
Mohammad bin Abdul-Mohsen Al-Suhaim, CEO of the academy, said the camp is part of the academy’s efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 2030 and make Saudi Arabia one of the leading countries in the field of IT.
The academy intends to provide quality training in areas such as cybersecurity, data analysis, modern digital technology and leadership skills, in collaboration with prestigious academic institutions including MIT and Imperial College London.
It aims to qualify national cadres for quality jobs in the field of modern and advanced technologies, develop the abilities of talented people and innovators in digital skills and entrepreneurship.


Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
Updated 24 min 54 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

RIYADH: Preclinical studies on the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 have been completed.

Professor of epidemiology Dr. Iman Almansour, who heads the team of researchers working on the vaccine at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), confirmed to Arab News on Friday that the studies were complete, and said clinical trials would begin as soon as “the proper approvals” had been given.

She did not specify when that is expected to happen.

The Ministry of Education is financing the team’s project. The team’s research paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmaceuticals.

According to the published paper, the vaccine has so far proven effective, when used on animals, in eliciting antibodies that will target the virus. “The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen,” Dr. Almansour explained.

Dr. Turki Almugaiteeb, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RPD Innovations, which runs the National Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center, told Arab News: “There is a great focus on the results of medical research because of the pandemic. Research can play a great role in developing a vaccine that can be adopted and further developed in the future. We can say that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, which can help produce and manufacture a national vaccine.”

Both Almugaiteeb and Almansour stressed that the experimental vaccine will need to go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Prof. Nasser Al-Aqeeli, the deputy minister of education for research and innovation, said the ministry supported programs at the Kingdom’s universities with more than SR500 million ($133.3 million) in 2020.