Under the patronage, and in presence of H.E, Dr. Ahmed Aleisa, Minister of Education, Al Yamamah and MIT signed, at the headquarters of the ministry, an academic cooperation agreement whereby MIT faculty will teach a course on leadership and innovation to the university’s EMBA students who will receive a certificate in leadership and innovation from MIT together with their EMBA certificate from Al Yamamah upon graduation.
The three years’ agreement is considered as the first of its kind as it opens the door to MIT faculty to come to Riyadh periodically and teach at a Saudi university, which allows post-graduate students to learn first-hand from the faculty of the world’s number one university and benefit from their knowledge and expertise in leadership and innovation.
It is also considered as an exemplary step in building strong and quality partnership with renowned universities in fulfillment of the National Transformation Program and Vision 2030 with regards to capacity building.
In his welcoming speech, Dr. Aleisa welcomed the MIT delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, highlighting the Kingdom’s keenness on building strategic partnerships with the world’s leading academic institutions to allow transfer of knowledge and expertise for mutual benefit and to empower Saudi youth and build their capacities. He also commended Al Yamamah’s initiative to build this relation with MIT as a sign of its serious commitment to presenting the highest quality education to its students and to the community at large.
YU Acting President, Pro. Hussam Ramadan, thanked the minister of education for his generous gesture of hosting the ceremony at the ministry, which is a clear indication of the ministry’s genuine support to the university in this context and its vital role in helping private higher education advancement. “No doubt,” Ramadan said, “this cooperation will play a leading role in the developing the skills and potential of our young generation of community and business leaders who will benefit from the expertise of MIT faculty and will be able to build bridges of communication and understanding for the betterment of our lives and the prosperity of our homeland.”
Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, Bhaskar Pant, expressed his happiness to sign the agreement with YU and said, “our MIT faculty are highly versed in their fields of expertise and they will not only share this expertise, but will also facilitate an exchange of creative ideas to help achieve sustainable development in growing and flourishing economies around the world. We are proud of our cooperation with a Saudi university that offers quality and socially effective education, which goes in line with MIT mission of contributing to the betterment of human kind.” Mr. Pant added that this agreement is a first step and will be followed by more steps to teach other courses such as artificial intelligence and other technology course in the future.