Huawei unites with King Faisal University to develop ICT talent ecosystem in Saudi

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Chinese multinational technology company Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal University (KFU) to improve local digital skills in the Kingdom.

According to the company statement, the agreement intends to provide modern technology to the university using Huawei’s ICT Academy Program in order to nurture and empower university students.

It is critical to improve Information and communications technology (ICT) skills in order to realize Saudi Vision 2030, which includes digital transformation as a fundamental component. While the Kingdom has made significant progress in expanding its ICT skills base, its ambitious digital-first development program necessitates the establishment of a stronger ICT talent ecosystem.

HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali
HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali
Rector – KFU

“The appetite for advanced technologies among the young local talents in Saudi Arabia is very high. Therefore, we are confident the collaboration with a leading technology company such as Huawei will be a great success. Having a partner that provides global expertise is key to realizing the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. This collaboration reflects our commitment to preparing the future generation to play a key role in the country’s transformation journey.”

Mr. Eric Yang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia said, “Huawei is proud to partner with a leading University such as King Faisal as part of our continuous efforts to support universities in the Kingdom cultivate ICT talent that meets industry requirements, providing a high-quality talent for industry development.”

“As a major ICT vendor, Huawei will introduce our students to the latest technologies that are relevant for the marketplace. This will, in turn, help our nation advance its development objectives and digital transformation requirements,” commented Dr. Megbel M. Aliedan, Vice President of Studies Development and Community Engagement.

The Huawei ICT Academy, which was founded in 2013, assists universities in cultivating ICT talent that fulfills industry standards, resulting in a high-quality workforce for the sector’s growth. Through this initiative, Huawei creates a talent supply chain that spans the entire learning, certification, and employment process by deepening the cooperation mechanism between universities and businesses.

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