‘Project Khayal’ to empower women & university students

21/10/19

Alfaisal University will collaborate with Detasad to develop courses in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Detecon Al-Saudia (Detasad), Alfaisal University and WSB (Women’s Skills Bureau) have launched a new initiative to be a catalyst in enhancing, developing and growing entrepreneurship among women and university students in Saudi Arabia.
Project Khayal is a joint effort that aims to find hidden talents among women and university students living in the Kingdom, by giving them a platform and tools to make their technical/ICT ideas come to life.
During the program, the university students together with expat women will have the opportunity to present their technical ideas to a jury, which includes Alfaisal University, WSB and Detasad representatives. Selected ideas will be developed and implemented by the volunteering students and women using the right IT infrastructure, tools, office space and consultation, which Detasad will provide.
Detasad, which has 37 years of experience in the information, communication and technology industry, will also commercially support suitable products selected among the applicants. In addition, the ICT company will offer internship opportunities and permanent positions after graduation to Alfaisal students. Detasad will also provide lectures covering ICT/telecom and business subjects and collaborate with the university in developing courses in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
“Detasad, Alfaisal University and WSB believe in the potential power of entrepreneurship, which is aligned with Saudi Vision 2030. Students and young adults comprise the majority of our population, and they are the true resources that need to be refined, shaped and set for the future with a strong grip on digital transformation, especially in the upcoming IoT era,” a press release said.
“These students from Alfaisal University will be the engine behind Project Khayal as they will work closely with the women entrepreneurs and Detasad in developing the new ideas. Detasad, Alfaisal University and WSB are delighted to announce Project Khayal and welcome new, innovative ideas from all women to transform their dreams into reality.”

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Cyber Saber Hackathon boosts skills of Saudi students

Time: August 07, 2019  

The hackathon, sponsored by Integrated Telecom Co., will be held in September.

Cyber Saber Hackathon will continue to support Saudi talent in achieving new heights in the cybersecurity industry through hands-on application of several cyber-attack and defense tactics, said Samer Omar, CEO of VirtuPort’s 7th MENA Information Security Conference 2019.

He added that the hackathon, sponsored by Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), will be held on Sept. 9-10.

Ghassan Itani, CEO of ITC, said: “Cybersecurity remains one of the critical elements in ensuring a successful digital economy. ITC’s sponsorship of the Cyber Saber Hackathon is one of our initiatives to invest in corporate social responsibility in line with Vision 2030, where our youth will play a critical role in the future of defending and protecting our company and the overall digital asset.”

The hackathon is characterized by its ability to provide a holistic simulation environment that will allow contestants to experience real-world hacking and breach scenarios of vital sectors including financial sectors, airports, oil and gas industry among others. The students will get to interact with it through their computers.

What distinguishes the hackathon’s model smart city is that the students will experience and witness the implications of cyberattacks and the importance of equipping themselves with the right knowledge to face the attackers.

The organizers of the hackathon said the competition has been designed to prepare the contestants for the challenges they will face in protecting the organizations they will work for.

The third edition of the hackathon is considered to be one of the most important competitions in the region. In the last two editions, more than 20 Saudi private and public universities participated.

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Saudi Arabia’s scouts participate in world jamboree

Time: July 28, 2019  

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The delegation included more than 100 scouts between the ages of 14-17. (SPA)
  • The Jamboree, co-organized by the US, Mexico and Canada

RIYADH: A delegation from the Saudi Arabian Scout Association participated in the opening ceremony of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, held at the campground in Summit Bechtel Reserve, Virginia, US.

“The number of participants exceeded 40,000 from 170 national organizations, committees and associations around the world,” said the chairman of the International Scout Committee (ISC), Craig Turby.

“The Jamboree, co-organized by the US, Mexico and Canada, focused on ‘Unlocking a New World’ through solving problems, and cooperating to face the most pressing issues in the world.”

Chief Ambassador of World Scouting Bear Grylls said: “The scouts are facing great challenges, such as tackling health, education, peace and climate change, which require the largest youthful contribution in order to achieve sustainable development.”

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, represented by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education, continued its participation in the event.

The university’s team participated in the activities of the “Global Development Village.”

The village provides young boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in the Global Development Agenda, empowers them and raises their awareness about global issues.

“The number of participants exceeded 40,000 from 170 national organizations, committees and associations around the world.”

Craig Turby, Chairman of the International Scout Committee

The Saudi Arabian Scout Association also took part in the “Cultural Celebration Day,” which showcases traditional clothes, foods and folklore from the participating countries.

The delegation’s members participated in competitions organized by the jamboree’s leadership as well as many other volunteering activities, handing out brochures and CDs highlighting the Kingdom’s development process and some of its traditions.

A photo exhibition was also organized shedding light on the work done by the Saudi scouts to serve their communities, particularly pilgrims and the environment, along with the global scout project “Messengers of Peace,” which witnessed a lot of interaction from the participants.

Earlier, Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, said that the Kingdom’s delegation included more than 100 scouts between the ages of 14-17.

The jamboree will run from July 22 until August 2. It is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout movement, which serves more than 51 million young people worldwide.

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3,000 young Saudis undergo intensive guidance and counseling on marriage through Al-Zawaj program

Time: July 14, 2019  

In this file photo, young men attend a program to prepare them for marriage in Abu Arish in the southern region of Jazan. Civic associations in Saudi Arabia, such as Al-Zawaj, are giving young people pre-marital guidance counselling to prepare them to cope with the challenges of family life. (AN file photo)
  • Training courses help young people understand the requirements of marriage
  • Prospective couples are also taught about their responsibilities to build a stable family and live a harmonious life

JEDDAH: Al-Zawaj, a civil association helping young Saudi people in marriage and family guidance, has launched an intensive training program for 3,000 young men and women.

The program, which will be held at Al-Zawaj’s headquarters in Jeddah, consists of a list of training courses offered by a number of specialists in family rehabilitation.

Ahmed Al-Sultan Al-Omari, chairman of Al-Zawaj, said the courses would help young people to understand the requirements of marriage, and their responsibilities towards each other in order to build a stable family and live a friendly and harmonious life.

Last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered a social initiative titled “SNAD Mohammed bin Salman” program, based on social and nonprofit initiatives the crown prince has launched in partnership with various parties.

The first initiative was “SNAD marriage,” which aims to motivate young people to get married and to ensure a stable family and social life.

The program aims to address the needs of different sectors of society as well as setting up frameworks and rules for Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s charitable initiatives.

Recently, the program announced the distribution of more than SR90 million ($24 million) to 4,700 beneficiaries.

Since its launch, the program has given over SR300 million to more than 15,000 Saudis, as part of its aim to support newlyweds, promote knowledge and achieve sustainable social development.

Applications are received via https://snad.org.sa/marriage.

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Misk Foundation participates in Youth 20 Summit

Time: June 25, 2019  

The Youth 20 Summit (Y20) is a global youth conference bringing together young experts from the G20 to discuss global youth issues. (Twitter)
  • The center also organized a workshop for young ambassadors from the G20 countries, which reviewed “Future of Work” research

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the Initiatives Center at the Misk Foundation, participated in the Youth 20 Summit (Y20) in Tokyo.
It adopted recommendations to be presented to G20 leaders meeting in Japan at the end of June, after agreeing on the development of three main areas including global trade, environment and business, and future work.
The Youth 20 Summit (Y20) is a global youth conference bringing together young experts from the G20 to discuss global youth issues through several proposed policies for G20 leaders.
The Initiative Center at Misk Foundation selected four young men and women representing civil society in the Kingdom to participate in the summit, where the sessions witnessed the consensus of all participants on the importance of developing these fields according to scientific and technical developments.
The center also organized a workshop for young ambassadors from the G20 countries, which reviewed “Future of Work” research.

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Abha airport through the lens of Misk interns

Time: June 20, 2019  

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Saudi Arabia’s promising young media practitioners had Abha airport in focus through a photoshoot supervised by Arab News’ head photographer Ziyad Alarfaj.

Saudi Arabia’s promising young media practitioners had Abha airport in focus through a photoshoot supervised by Arab News’ head photographer Ziyad Alarfaj.
The work of the young photojournalists was part of their internship at Arab News organized in collaboration with Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers the Saudi youth.
The photojournalists are also offered a unique opportunity to get hands-on training in the leading newspaper’s headquarters in Riyadh, as well as its bureaus in Dubai and Jeddah.
Participants will attend sessions that cover online and print journalism, media design and photography.
They will be coached by the company’s award-winning senior editors and department heads.

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SaudiArabia records largest jump in CFA candidates

Time: June 17, 2019  

  • registrations grew by 21 percent in Egypt, 26 percent in Jordan and 25 percent in Saudi Arabia

LONDON: The number of Saudis enrolling for chartered financial analyst (CFA) exams has jumped by a quarter — more than in any other Gulf state.

It coincides with a push to develop the Kingdom’s financial services sector as part of the Vision 2030 blueprint for economic and social reform.

CFA Institute, the global association of investment management, said that more than 250,000 candidates have registered for the upcoming Level I, II and III CFA exams — one of the most popular qualifications for investment professionals.

“Pursuing the CFA credential is a very rigorous process, with less than one in five candidates successfully completing the process to earn the charter,” said Paul Smith, CFA, president and CEO, CFA Institute. “We are gratified to see the record number of candidates willing to put in the work continue to grow each year. Especially in new markets around the world where finance plays such a vital role in building strong economies.”

The Middle East had a strong representation in the global mix, with 6,004 investment professionals from eight GCC and Middle East countries enrolling for the CFA exams — up 5 percent on last year.

Registrations grew by 21 percent in Egypt, 26 percent in Jordan and 25 percent in Saudi Arabia.

The UAE continues to see the largest number of new candidates in the Middle East, with 2,136 individuals registering for the exam.

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Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry pumps $500m into public school projects

Time: May 22, 2019  

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SR500 million will be spent on building education “complexes.” (Photos/ Supplied)
  • 30 institutions for students in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh will be built

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is spending more than $500 million on building education “complexes” that will serve 90,000 students in major urban centers.

The Education Ministry, represented by the government-owned Tatweer Buildings Co., on Tuesday, signed an agreement with Al-Mabani Real Estate Co. to build 30 institutions for students in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

The agreements include a short-term plan to establish 10 complexes across the three cities with a combined intake of 30,000 students. These will cost around SR800 million ($213 million) and are expected to be completed in 2022. There is also a long-term plan to set up 20 complexes for 60,000 students costing SR600 million. The complexes will be at locations approved by local authorities.

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•The education complexes will serve the needs of 90,000 students in the Kingdom.

•Initially, 10 complexes will be built in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh at a cost of SR800 million.

•The first phase will be completed in 2022.

•In the later phase, 20 more complexes are planned at a cost of SR600 million.

Tatweer CEO Fahd Al-Hammad said the agreement represented opportunities for investors interested in building and operating high-quality education infrastructure with “state-of-the-art designs.”

Al-Mabani’s managing director, Abdulrahman Al-Ahmed, said the agreement supported the ministry’s strategy to develop the public sector schools environment through the establishment of complexes.

The agreement was signed under the patronage of Undersecretary of the Minister of Education Dr. Saad Al-Fuhaid and in the presence of Mohammed bin Eid Al-Otaibi, director general of education at the ministry.

Earlier this year, Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia was making efforts to improve the quality of its education sector’s infrastructure by encouraging public-private partnerships.

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Saudi students win big at US science fair

Time: May 19, 2019  

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A team of 20 Saudi students took part in the Intel ISEF fair in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo/Social media)
  • The students represented the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) at the science fair, which drew about 1,800 finalists from more than 80 countries

RIYADH: Five Saudi students were among major prize-winners at a leading US science and engineering fair that brought together finalists from around the world to compete for awards in innovative research.
A team of 20 Saudi students took part in the Intel ISEF fair — the world’s largest pre-college science competition — in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 12-17.
Winners of major prizes were Abdullah Al-Sannan and Dima Al-Melhem, who won fourth place for their environmental engineering project; Wud Al-Saadoon, who won fourth place for a project involving chemical energy; Haya Al-Tuwaijry, who won fourth place for a botany project; and Shawq Al-Madani, who won third place for an environmental engineering project.
The students represented the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) at the science fair, which drew about 1,800 finalists from more than 80 countries.
Three special prizes were also awarded to the Saudi scientific team. Al-Madani won a scholarship from the University of Arizona; Al-Saadoon won a special prize offered by United Technologies and Noorah Al-Dosari received a special award from NASA.
Saud bin Saeed Al-Mathami, Mawhiba secretary-general, congratulated the students and praised Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) for its sponsorship of the Saudi team.
He highlighted the importance of the strategic partnership between Mawhiba and SABIC in supporting and training gifted and creative students under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.

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Landmark Arabia, EFE to train Saudi women in retail

Time: May 04, 2019  

Nearly 50,000 women have graduated from EFE programs across the MENA region.

Retail and hospitality group Landmark Arabia has signed a partnership agreement with Education for Employment (EFE) — Global, an organization linking unemployed youth to skills and job opportunities across the Middle East and North Africa.

As part of the agreement, the retail conglomerate will fund a bespoke program that provides training and placement to 50 women aged 18 to 25 from less privileged backgrounds.

Despite Saudi women accounting for 58 percent of university students, they comprise only 16 percent of the workforce. One of the main reasons for this is the disconnect between skills needed and the requirements of current and future jobs. The Landmark-EFE program seeks to address this issue by providing demand-driven job training.

Nisha Jagtiani, group director, Landmark Group, said: “Enabling Saudi women to become more economically independent by participating in the labor market has always been a priority for our group. At Landmark Arabia, more than 66 percent of our Saudi national workforce are women who are taking on prominent retail positions in our company.”

“In alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030, we are committed to employing and training Saudi women in the retail sector,” Jagtiani added. “Our partnership with EFE is a step closer toward implementing our plans in this direction, he said.”

Dima Najim, managing director of EFE-UAE, said: “Nearly 50,000 young women have graduated from EFE programs across the MENA region. Through this partnership with Landmark Group, EFE will be able to raise awareness among young women in Saudi Arabia and across region about the potential of jobs in the retail sector”

Amr Abdallah, Gulf programs director of EFE, said: “More than 53 percent of our Saudi program graduates since we started in Saudi are women and we are pleased to support the Saudiazation efforts through the provision of our different programs.”

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