Google creative hubs to kick-start tech training for Saudi students

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SOURCE: Arab News

April 17, 2018

LONDON: Five Google innovation hubs to be set up across Saudi Arabia will offer advanced tech training to a new generation of students.
The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Programming signed a final agreement with Google on Tuesday to set up the hubs, which will provide training in mobile applications, artificial intelligence and software development.
Google’s first center will be established in Riyadh at the ITU headquarters and will teach up to 40,000 students per year.
The agreement also provides educational and technical materials and advanced technology curricula, as well as establishing laboratories for students to innovate and create under the supervision of IT professionals, who will offer support in advanced software research and artificial intelligence.
Students as young as 8 will be able to join the Google program, which will bring together experienced speakers, specialists, practitioners and entrepreneurs.
The final agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Programming, Saud Bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, and Google’s President for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Matt Prater.
Al-Qahtani said the agreement would not have been possible without the vision and support of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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