Riyadh, KSA: Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, and King Faisal University (KFU) in Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance local digital skills in Saudi Arabia through Huawei’s ICT Academy Program. The agreement aims to provide the University with advanced technologies to nurture and empower university students.

The MoU was signed by H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, The President of King Faisal University, and Eric Yang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Dr. Meqbel bin Mishari Aleidan, The Vice-President for Studies, Development, and Community Engagement, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Aldhafer, Assistant of Head of Innovation and  Business Development Sector, Dr. Adel Sharar Aldalbahi, Dean of College of Engineering and Supervisor of Industrial Relations and Technology Transfer, as well as senior executives and staff from both parties.

Developing ICT skills is vital for realizing Saudi Vision 2030, which has digital transformation as a key pillar. While the Kingdom has made tremendous progress in developing its ICT skills base, its ambitious digital-first development program requires an enhanced ICT talent ecosystem.

From his side, H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, The Rector of King Faisal University said: "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.”

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. By deepening the cooperation with Saudi universities and enterprises, we can promote industry development and innovate talent development models based on enterprise requirements."

Dr. Megbel M. Aliedan, Vice President of Studies Development and Community Engagement, said: "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. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with Huawei as we jointly work together to advance the ICT sector in the Kingdom."  

Launched in 2013, the Huawei ICT Academy helps universities cultivate ICT talent that meets industry requirements, providing high-quality workforce for the sector’s development. As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei advocates for an open, shared, ICT talent ecosystem that benefits all parties. Through this initiative, Huawei builds a talent supply chain covering the entire process of learning, certification, and employment—by deepening the cooperation mechanism between universities and enterprises, aiming to promote industry development, and innovate talent development models based on enterprise requirements.

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