Oracle VP calls on Saudis to harness power of education

Corporation stresses importance of IT training to boost the economy

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By  Quintin Smith Published  March 12, 2008

Regional Oracle VP Sergio Giacoletto spoke out at the company’s regional summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia today about the importance of training and education for future generations of IT workers in the country.

“Much of the Kingdom’s economic progress is linked to education, and it is critical for the future of Saudi Arabia” Giacoletto said. “The best way to give today’s fresh graduates a competitive edge in the global marketplace is to offer them indispensable training in the world’s fastest-growing and leading technology base.”

“The ability to use technology to learn and succeed in the 21st century has become a ‘new basic’ for all students, and can help secure bright futures for Saudi nationals,” he added.

Oracle already has a heavy involvement with educational programs in the kingdom. The Oracle Academy program helps students develop professional IT skills, including database design and programming, and is available le in 27 higher and secondary educational institutions. Oracle says that the program represents an investment of $81 million in terms of software grants, curriculum, professional development and certification resources.

Meanwhile its Tawtheef initiative, which is run in conjunction with King Saud University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, provides new IT graduates with month-long training programs on Oracle technologies. Over 70 graduates have taken advantage of the program within the first six months. Oracle also has a paid, 28 week training program for university graduates in the Kingdom.

In the future, the company said it will work with universities on their IT plans, with particular regard to data consolidation, e-services infrastructure and Oracle applications.

Giacoletto added that “The ability to use technology to learn and succeed in the 21st century has become a ‘new basic’ for all students, and can help secure bright futures for Saudi nationals. Oracle has created a family of education programs that leverage our core competencies in information technology and the Internet. Our commitment to furthering IT education in the Kingdom is ongoing.”

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