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Knowledge is power

Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City (KEC) and international IT certification organisation CompTIA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop IT skills among students and workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City (KEC) and international IT certification organisation CompTIA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop IT skills among students and workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City (KEC) and international IT certification organisation CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) to develop IT skills among students and workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The organisations will also work together to implement industry-accepted standards for IT professionals in an effort to fill IT vacancies and skills gap in the region and marks the second agreement in a busy period for KEC having arranged a similar arrangement with networking giant, Cisco.

“Both organisations bring international experience to our development and we are delighted that they share our vision to make Al Madinah KEC a global reference center for ICT development,” said Tahir Bawazir KEC CEO.

The MoU with CompTIA is aimed at gaining fast track endorsement of IT certifications to be offered at Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City.

CompTIA has also entered into agreements with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City to work collaboratively.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rapidly becoming the leading country in the Middle East where it comes to IT,” said John Venator, President and Chief Executive Officer, CompTIA.

“Many international companies are establishing major operations in the Kingdom and this requires a skilled national workforce. With the significant growth in population in the Kingdom the opportunity to fill these jobs is there.”

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