KFUPM reaches accord for research programs [Arab News (Saudi Arabia)]
(Arab News (Saudi Arabia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DHAHRAN: SULTAN AL-SUGHAIRFurthering the advancement of the Kingdom's technical and education field, Huawei a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals have reached an agreement to provide KFUPM students with access to advanced telecommunications systems.
The state-of-the-art ICT solutions from Huawei will form part of the university's labs and will add value to the course material, thesis work and engineering projects for nearly 1,200 students in the Undergraduate and Master's programs by providing them access to advanced wireless, telecommunication and computer network equipment.
Khaled S. Al-Sultan, Rector of KFUPM, said that teaching and research are the core functions of KFUPM as "we prepare students for global competitiveness".
Graduates are required to have cutting-edge skills trainings that can only be achieved through partnerships between the private sector and education providers, he said.
Al-Sultan said, "We are delighted to work closely with Huawei, a fast growing global company for the benefit of both parties and we hope this will be beneficial for KFUPM research and its academic programs." Among the new technologies being provided to the university is the world's most powerful eLTE broadband trunking solution. The solution is being used by government organizations, oil and gas companies, utilities and transportation firms.
The innovations featured within the Huawei solution are several years ahead of comparative vendor solutions, and are essential in delivering the full benefits of 4G LTE broadband services to businesses across the Kingdom.
Additional contributions to the university will include world leading virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions where students can learn to enhance the efficiency of IT enterprise by reducing the workload and complexity of IT system design.
The university will also start working with Huawei Micro Data Center technology, the first all-in-one data center, providing both large and medium-sized businesses with unified management tools in an ever more complex big data environment.
Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei, Middle East region said that the programs being developed the university are of an incredibly high standard and play an essential role in the advancement of the region's overall information and communication technology industry.
He said, "Collaborating with renowned institutions like KFUPM is a privilege for Huawei as we are able to share our global expertise with local students while in turn identifying valuable insights into the future requirements of the Kingdom's ICT sector." "Saudi Arabia is home to a rapidly developing digital economy, and we are committed to investing in these kinds of initiatives and supporting the Kingdom to achieve its ambitious Vision 2020 goals." He said.
James Wu, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia, said that the Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions for the global ICT sector with spending on IT infrastructure in the region predicted to jump to over $192 billion in 2013 with Saudi Arabia being seen as one of the key players.
He said, "Given the extent of investment being witnessed in the telecommunications sector in KSA and the massive requirements of skilled manpower it will necessitate, it is imperative that we focus on bringing highly skilled young people into the industry and provide opportunities for the continuing education for graduate students and professionals."
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