STC, King Fahd University, Ericsson create centre of excellence

Senior executives from STC, Ericsson and King Fahd University of Pretroleum and Minerals at the signing ceremony.
Senior executives from STC, Ericsson and King Fahd University of Pretroleum and Minerals at the signing ceremony.

Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), have partnered with Ericsson to establish a centre of excellence in KFUPM with the aim of preparing Saudi nationals for careers in telecommunications at STC.

The initiative focuses on the development of competencies and the training of KFUPM students, specifically for the technologies that support STC business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The move said the parties, will enhance both the presence and quality of Saudi national employees, as well as enable STC to achieve its nationalisation quotas, while empowering students through education and fulfilling the demand for high-calibre candidates in the Saudi market.

According to the three organisations, students will benefit from Ericsson’s research and development (R&D) graduate programme, new technology trends and selected Saudi students will partake in R&D mentorship schemes.

Ericsson said it will create professional training programmes in wireless communications and business support systems (BSS) including the use of test labs, dummy nodes, and end-to-end setup for features and product tests.

Abdullah Alzmame, network VP, STC said: “This strategic partnership will enable us to continue providing the highest standards of communications services by ensuring that our graduates have the best training in the most recent and innovative technologies in the market, thus preparing them for a great future in the telecommunications industry.”

Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad, vice rector, Research, KFUPM, added: “The university is happy to embrace such outstanding initiatives which help boost students’ competence as well as give them a unique chance to practice theoretical part of their studies in reality.”

Ali Eid, Head of CU KSA, Ericsson, said: “Ericsson supports the KSA’s nationalisation initiatives by fostering a knowledge-based economy in Saudi Arabia. Through this initiative, we are able to contribute to the future of ICT through our R&D collaboration with KFUPM and STC. We hope that by establishing this centre we are able to provide our partner, STC with well-rounded and informed individuals who will advance the growth of their network evolution.”

Ericsson’s R&D graduate programme offers graduates who are passionate about innovation within ICT the training and tools to develop deep, specialised knowledge in their area of interest, through a unique 18-month global experience.