KFUPM Business School partners with IMA to launch CMA program

KFUPM Business School partners with IMA to launch CMA program
Hanadi Khalife, senior director Middle East and India operations at IMA.
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Updated 13 January 2021

KFUPM Business School partners with IMA to launch CMA program

KFUPM Business School partners with IMA to launch CMA program

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) and the KFUPM Business School (KBS) in Dhahran have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will see the introduction of the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) program to university students. The partnership is in line with KBS and IMA’s global efforts to further academic, educational, and professional initiatives, which will help young students kickstart their finance and accounting careers by bridging the skills gap during a vital stage of their professional life.

The MoU, signed by Hanadi Khalife, senior director Middle East and India operations at IMA, and Dr. Hesham Merdad, dean of KBS, and overseen by Dr. Naji Al-Shammasi, chairman of the Department of Accounting and Finance at KBS, will facilitate an ongoing exchange of knowledge and expertise between the two institutions whilst enriching programs at the Department of Accounting and Finance. 

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a thriving economic state with a well-developed financial sector and KFUPM is a frontline university in the region that is well known for its academic discipline and prowess,” said Khalife. “We are very proud of this association and strongly believe that our collaborative efforts will unlock and enhance career opportunities for KFUPM graduates. The CMA designation is a globally acknowledged and respected credential for finance and accounting professionals, and we are looking forward to its introduction in the Kingdom.”

“At KFUPM Business School, we are focused on working with global domain experts to enhance the learning and employability opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Merdad. “We are pleased to partner with IMA, one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession.”


ITC launches 5G standalone network for enterprise customers

ITC launches 5G standalone network for enterprise customers
Updated 14 January 2021

ITC launches 5G standalone network for enterprise customers

ITC launches 5G standalone network for enterprise customers
  • ITC is the first operator in the Kingdom to launch a 5G standalone (SA) network
  • Aims to provide cutting-edge fixed wireless access (FWA) services to enterprise customers

Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), a provider of telecom and ICT services, has soft-launched its 5G wireless network service in Saudi Arabia, with the aim of providing cutting-edge fixed wireless access (FWA) services to enterprise customers.

ITC is the first operator in the Kingdom to launch a 5G standalone (SA) network — the latest version of 5G, which works fully on a 5G core network without the use of any legacy (4G or earlier) technologies. Essentially, it is pure 5G end-to-end.

The launch is part of ITC’s commitment to the digital transformation of industry verticals such as oil and gas, education, healthcare, IoT, gaming, and entertainment in the Kingdom. ITC has a wider deployment plan of FWA services across the Kingdom, delivered in stages, with various new services and applications.

“This new service is another milestone for ITC to address growing market demand in areas that lack fiber coverage and lead in a new generation of service offerings enabled by 5G,” said Osama Al-Dosary, CEO of ITC.

He added: “We appreciate the enablement the CITC has given for this initiative, which is in line with the Kingdom’s digital transformation and increasing internet coverage objectives, moving us closer toward the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”