Two-Year-Long Program Combines University Coursework with SAP Skills to Boost Employability for Saudi Students
RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — The Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes is the Kingdom’s first higher education institute to join SAP’s Dual Study Education Program, the organizations announced today.
SAP’s Dual Study Program, run by the SAP Training and Development Institute, provides students with an interwoven curriculum and work experience that prepares them for life after graduation.
The two-year-long program has three key blocks: technical and soft skill SAP courses; certifications in technical, functional, or business tracks; and on-the-job internship placement for three-to-six months that connects students with SAP’s customers and ecosystem partners. Following successful completion of the SAP Dual Study Program, students graduate as SAP Associate Consultants.
The partnership was marked by a signing ceremony with delegations from the Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes and SAP, led by Dr. Ahmed Dabroom, Director General, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes; and Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.
The Royal Commission at Yanbu was established in the 1980s to provide preparation to Saudi students for middle- and higher-level career positions in industry, commerce, and government occupations, by providing appropriate knowledge and skills in all programs offered.
The higher education institute includes Yanbu Industrial College, Yanbu University College, and the Yanbu Technical Institute.
“Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes are now transitioning into an ‘entrepreneurial’ higher education institution, redefining our traditional role in the community as a knowledge creator through basic and applied research, a technology and knowledge transfer agent, and a catalyst for social development and economic growth,” said Dr. Ahmed Dabroom, Director General, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes.
“With this vision, the Royal Commission Yanbu would like to collaborate with SAP as an alliance, a future partner, and a friend for the nation’s youth here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to better contribute to the life-long learning skills of talent and beyond,” added Dr. Dabroom.
As the Kingdom’s economy continues to grow and diversify, a young and increasingly well-educated Saudi labor force provides a tremendous opportunity to boost growth and living standards, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund.
“Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes is a pioneering force in the Kingdom’s higher education sector, and by joining our Dual Study Program, we are committed to working together to provide the Kingdom’s students with the education and skills needed to successfully enter the public and private sectors, and drive the global competitiveness for the Kingdom’s economy,” said Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.
SAP’s Dual Study Program technical courses cover the topics of how to integrate business processes, and certifications in analytics, material management, financials, and controlling. Students also learn soft skills such as presentation and communication, project management, negotiation and conflict management, and design thinking.
In the coming months, SAP will continue to develop and enhance partnerships to build skills for young talent and fresh graduates in the Kingdom and the wider MENA region.
Image 1 – From L- R: Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ahmed Dabroom, Director General, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes.
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