Shaqra University implements SAP solutions
Institution becomes sixth Saudi Arabian university to join SAP University Alliance Programme Institution becomes sixth Saudi university to join SAP University Alliance Programme
Shaqra University in Saudi Arabia will be implementing SAP software in its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Student Lifecycle Management (SLCM) across its 23 colleges.
The University's investment into IT comes as Saudi Arabia's IT spending in the public sector has been predicted to grow from approximately $ 1.6 billion in 2009 to $ 2.4 billion in 2013, according to IT market research firm Springboard Research.
The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has also revealed that the country has recently initiated a complete overhaul of its educational system at a cost of $3.1 billion to improve education quality in the country.
"Technology provides a fundamental platform for the continued growth and development of Saudi Arabia. Across our colleges the IT solutions provided by SAP will ensure that we provide the most efficient services to both staff and students ensuring transparency, streamlined operations, and best-in-class facilities," said Dr Saeed Almallah, rector of Shaqra University.
The SAP ERP and SLCM software, which is to be implemented, includes solutions such as finance and human resources, as well as modules from the core ERP solution, such as quality management and admissions.
SAP's business solutions are designed to aid both enterprises and governments to improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration, create efficiencies across supply chains and business operations, and improve access to information.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is recognised globally for its rapidly developing and thriving knowledge economy, and we are delighted to be working with Shaqra University to provide the solutions to enable the institution to generate a base of highly-skilled workers capable of supporting the infrastructure of this expanding economy. We are building our strength in the very important field of higher education and our mission is to become a key enabler for the growth of the Saudi Economy," said Abdul-Raheem Bawazeer, managing director, SAP KSA.
The implementation partner for the project will be Kinonah Information Technology and Consulting Services, headquartered in Riyadh. The company was selected for its strong expertise in IT projects across both government and education sectors.
Shaqra University will join King Saud University, Jubail Industrial College, Yanbu Industrial College, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, and Dammam College of Technology, to become the sixth educational institute in the Kingdom to become a member of the SAP University Alliance programme.
"As a leading educational institute in the Kingdom our vision, in addition to providing the highest quality teaching to our students, is to stay up-to-date with the latest market trends and technology. In order to achieve this we have selected SAP's business solutions that enable functionality to support teaching, learning, and business processes, and enable us to improve financial management, maintain operational excellence, improve productivity, and ensure best-practice," said Dr Saleh Al-Saleem - dean of Admission and Registration & IT general supervisor, Shaqra University.
The SAP University Alliance programme provides university faculty members globally with the tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking.