STC, KFUPM and Ericsson implement center of excellence to prepare students for careers in telecommunications

Ericsson's Centre of Excellence

STC, KFUPM and Ericsson implement center of excellence to prepare students for careers in telecommunications
28 February 2016
· STC, KFUPM and Ericsson implemented the center of excellence in January 2016, with completion expected in June 2016

· The center aims to evaluate, test and transfer knowledge of emerging technologies to prepare Saudi new graduates for careers in telecommunications

· KFUPM students will benefit from Ericsson's Research & Development graduate and mentorship programs

The Saudi Telecommunications Company, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and Ericsson launched the center of excellence in January 2016 to educate and prepare Saudi new graduates for careers in telecommunications. Students will reap the benefits of Ericsson's leading technologies and learning evolution until the culmination of the program in June 2016.

Ericsson's Centre of Excellence offers students who are passionate about innovation within information and communications technologies (ICT) the training and tools to develop a deep, specialized knowledge in their area of interest and support them in the senior project. It will evaluate test and transfer knowledge of emerging telecommunications technologies to students. The organizations aligned strategically to identify key job roles, as well as bridging theoretical and practical gap, thus preparing student for relevant careers in the KSA market.

KFUPM students will benefit from Ericsson's Research and Development (R&D) graduate program and new technology trends; selected Saudi students will partake in R&D mentorship. In addition, Ericsson will create professional training programs in LTE radio, core Network evolution, microwave transmission, operation support system (OSS) and business support systems (BSS), and smart metering solutions including the use of test labs, dummy nodes, end-to-end setup for features and product tests and learning evolution.

This will empower KSA graduates with a cutting edge information and communications technology education that will prepare them for a career in the industry. Moreover, they will derive immense benefits by being involved in R&D processes and participating in new technology trends.

Dr. Khaled Hussain Biyari, STC Group CEO, said: "This strategic partnership enables us to prepare our graduates for careers in telecommunications. Collaborating with KFUPM and Ericsson enables us to make a positive contribution to the development of the youth in our great nation from a grassroots level."

Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad, Vice Rector for Research, KFUPM, said: "As a forward thinking knowledge institution, we are thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding initiative that will further boost our students' competence levels. Together with STC and Ericsson we are offering our students a competitive advantage when they enter the workplace."

Ali Eid, Head of Ericsson, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: "Ericsson supports STC and KFUPM in their efforts to contribute to a knowledge economy in KSA. Our combined knowledge and understanding of education and the information and communications technology industry will propel education in telecommunications to new dimensions.

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson External Communications, Region Middle East

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