Knowledge and Learning Key to Nation’s Progress, says University Rector; Students will Gain Tools to Support Rapidly Expanding Technology Sector, says SAP KSA MD
RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — King Saud University has signed an agreement with global business software leader SAP to join the SAP University Alliance program, providing students at the university with the skills to be prepared for the Kingdom’s growing modernization and economic diversification, creating opportunities for IT services in a range of key industries.
King Saud University was established in 1957 and is the oldest university in Saudi Arabia. The University’s vision is to be a world-class educational institute and a leader in developing Saudi Arabia’s knowledge economy through learning, creativity, the use of current and developing technologies, and effective international partnership. In addition, the University aims to provide students with a quality education, conduct valuable research, and serve the national and international societies.
King Saud University becomes the fifth educational institute in the Kingdom to become a member of the SAP University Alliance program, joining Jubail Industrial College, Yanbu Industrial College, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, and Dammam College of Technology.The university will join approximately 150,000 students from 700 tertiary institutions located around the world already learning SAP solutions.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is recognized globally for its rapidly developing, and thriving economy, and SAP is dedicated to generating a base of highly-skilled workers capable of building an IT infrastructure to support this expanding economy,” commented Abdul-Raheem Bawazeer, managing director, SAP KSA. “Through the University Alliance Program, students from King Saud University will have the tools needed to support the rapidly developing technology sector in the Kingdom,” continued Bawazeer.
The SAP University Alliance program is a global endeavor that provides university faculty members with the tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking, giving students the skills to add immediate value to the marketplace.
“The progress of our nation has always been strongly associated with knowledge and learning,” commented Professor Abdullah A. Alothman, Rector, King Saud University. “We believe that the SAP University Alliance program will greatly benefit our students and help develop expert IT professionals, with the competitive edge needed, to support the growth of our country’s technological infrastructure,” continued Professor Alothman.
Members of the SAP University Alliance Program are given exclusive access to SAP’s business solutions to use in the classroom, enabling students to put theory into practice through demonstrations, problem-solving, case studies, and research programs. Upon graduation, students have a clear understanding of how technology can facilitate integrated business processes and strategic thinking, and graduates from the program will improve their opportunities to secure senior posts in the IT job market.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman, Vice rector of Educational and Academic Affairs, King Saud University and Abdul-Raheem Bawazeer, Managing Director, SAP KSA
SAP University Alliances member schools gain access to the SAP Business Suite family of solutions, including SAP ERP. This comprehensive business software suite supports business, engineering, and information technology programs, enabling students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies, and research programs.
Through hands-on experience with SAP solutions, program members gain insight into how technology can empower a business to optimize key processes such as accounting and controlling, human capital management, project planning, plant and materials management, and sales and distribution.