Saudi GEA inaugurates international scholarship program for Saudi youth

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A international scholarship program offered by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority awaits Saudi youth. (AN file photo)
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Updated 05 July 2019

Saudi GEA inaugurates international scholarship program for Saudi youth

  • The program initiated by Saudi General Entertainment Authority in partnership with the Qiddiya Investment Co. is aimed at educating and training students in entertainment-related disciplines at some of the most prestigious universities in the world

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has initiated an international scholarship program with the launch of its first batch of students.

The program, being run in partnership with the Qiddiya Investment Co. (QIC), is aimed at educating and training students in entertainment-related disciplines at some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

In the first wave, students will study for bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College, in Orlando, to give them the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the labor market trends of the Kingdom’s entertainment sector.

The initial program will also include on-the-job training for selected students at a Six Flags amusement park in the US, and QIC employment upon successful completion of the scheme. The program will enable QIC to achieve its goal of offering a significant portion of future job opportunities to Saudi nationals, with more than 25,000 roles expected to become available by 2030.

CEO of the GEA, Amr Banja, said: “This cooperative effort between the GEA and Qiddiya reiterates the GEA’s commitment toward developing the entertainment sector and empowering it through local talent.”

He added that the scholarship program sought to develop local content by adopting local expertise in a global perspective, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans for the sector.

Michael Reininger, CEO of QIC, said: “Our partnership with the GEA is an example of QIC’s concerted efforts to build and foster a new breed of skilled professionals that will service newly created sectors in the Kingdom and cultivate the human resources that will be instrumental in developing them to their full potential.

“We are proud of this partnership, and we look forward to welcoming the sponsored students back, upon completion of their degrees, to work at Qiddiya and apply their learning and experiences to real life scenarios and begin their journey of successful careers in this rapidly growing sector.”

To register for the program, visit https://www.gea.gov.sa/hr-development/qiddiya/  


Saudi Arabia backs UN’s coronavirus response plan with $100 million

Updated 19 September 2020

Saudi Arabia backs UN’s coronavirus response plan with $100 million

  • Kingdom's donation will support UN's International Response Plan to coronavirus pandemic
  • Guterres thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous and continuous support to UN

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Friday it was donating $100 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) and toward a number of projects in support of a United Nations response plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made by the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, during a virtual event with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Saudi Press Agency reported.
“The International Response Plan to coronavirus pandemic, the WHO and other UN agencies will benefit from this Saudi donation,” Al-Mouallimi tweeted following the meeting.
Earlier, Al-Mouallimi said that “this support comes within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s international efforts in support of the response to combating the coronavirus, and awareness of the importance of cooperation, solidarity and collective and international action to foster a transparent, robust, coordinated and wide-ranging global response.”
He said the Kingdom was carrying out “the role it has been entrusted with toward multilateralism, collective and international action in order to confront the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries “to extend a hand of aid and coordination” with countries affected by the spread of the virus.
Al-Mouallimi said that the Kingdom is working to enable the UN to lead international action to intensify global efforts to combat coronavirus, and to enhance support for developing countries and the most vulnerable regions in fighting this pandemic.
In particular, he mentioned assisting refugees, raising the standards of living among the world’s poorest groups, developing fragile economies, mediating an end to conflicts, and building more harmonious relationships between nations.
Guterres thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Kingdom’s generous and continuous support to the organization.