Saudi to train digital leaders of the future

STC has opened a new digital skills academy
STC has opened a new digital skills academy

A new Saudi Telecom Company Academy will turn out hundreds of specialists in digital industries and e-services, the firm has said.

Riyadh governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the STC Academy for digital learning and training, one of the company’s initiatives as part of the country’s Vision 2030 and the drive to build digital skills and encourage e-services in the Kingdom.

Minister of communications and information technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha attended the opening, while STC group CEO Khaled Biyari, delivered the launch’s welcome address.

Biyari said the new academy reflects STC’s strategy for digitisation. “Our vision is to make the academy a unique hub for digital leaders and specialists in the Kingdom,” he said.

The STC chief said that the academy will train hundreds of “digital leaders” this year and will increase the number significantly in 2019.

The academy will help meet growing demand in areas such as cybersecurity, data analysis, modern digital technology and leadership skills.

Training will be carried out in collaboration with leading academic institutions from the US and Britain, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, and the Michigan School of Business.

“Our mission is to enhance the role of information and communication, especially in providing digital services, innovative solutions, gaining customers’ trust and enriching society,” Biyari said.

Biyari said that the governor’s presence at the opening event highlighted the important role the academy would play in the Kingdom’s plans for digital transformation.

In a statement to the media, the governor said, “The new centre has taken a significant step in developing people’s skills in line with the vision of the Kingdom.”

Earlier this year, the firm announced plans to begin the construction of “MENA’s largest” network operations centre in the Kingdom.

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