‘Entaliq with Airbus’ in partnership with Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) organized this week a US-nationwide workshop for Saudi students and entrepreneurs living in the United States of America.
The online workshop, conducted by aerospace experts, was attended by close to 50 US-based Saudi students at the SACM offices in Washington D.C., and supported by Airbus Middle East and TAQNIA Aeronautics, a subsidiary of Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA).
Dr. Mohammed Aleissa, Saudi Cultural Attaché to the United States, stated that the workshop “Entaliq with Airbus” conducted by Airbus for students studying in the United States is considered one of the most important activities contributing to the support and encouragement of innovators and individuals interested in the aviation industry, praising the role of TAQNIA Aeronautics and Airbus in collaboration with SACM in conducting the event.
Dr. Aleissa further noted that the scholarship abroad program has provided opportunities to many of our youth to study at the best American universities to develop their skills and enhance their experiences in all areas. And the best example of that is the registration of more than 60 distinctive patents in the name of the scholarship students. The Attaché also stated that the Kingdom will see rapid growth in the coming period during which the aeronautic industry is expected to be among the important fields witnessing a greater interest among our students. This increase would contribute to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Ms. Nahlah Al-Jubeir, Director of the Center for Career Development at SACM, affirmed that the partnership between the Cultural Mission and TAQNIA Aeronautics and Airbus and its collaboration on the workshop “Entaliq with Airbus” has been beneficial to our students, especially in the field of aviation.
Ms. Al-Jubeir stated that the Center, through its activities and events, provides SACM students and recent graduates opportunities to develop practical skills needed in the labor market. The Center also acts as a link between SACM scholarship holders seeking internship and job opportunities and prospective employers looking to employ Saudi talent to meet their staffing needs.
General Ali Al-Ghamdi, CEO of TAQNIA Aeronautics said: “We continually remind young Saudis across the world of the key role they play in the country's progress. Reaching talented nationals on an international scale, who are interested in innovation and STEM industries, is paramount as we aim to provide Saudis abroad with the same opportunities that nationals living in the Kingdom are exposed to. We are proud to be able to work with the Entaliq platform and our partners to reinforce the forward thinking mind-set that their successes are the successes of the Kingdom.”
Launched in September 2016 by Airbus Middle East, ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ is a nationwide hunt for the best innovators in Saudi Arabia. The program encourages entrepreneurial and creative thinking to advance the national and global aerospace industry, and is open to university students and young Saudi entrepreneurs with new business ideas in the aviation, aerospace and technology sectors
The program has received over 1,000 registrations since its launch and has created a strong network of partners in the Kingdom who are committed to training, developing and incubating unique business ideas and innovations in the aerospace sector.
Since its launch, ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ attracted multiple partners such as TAQNIA Aeronautics, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Aviation Australia Riyadh College, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM), Qotuf, ALTRAN, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to connect and exchange ideas to support the development of the Saudi aviation industry.
The grand finale of the ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ program will take place on 5 February in Riyadh at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).