Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Engineer Emad Al Rajih, Head of Integrated Solutions at BAE Systems Saudi Arabia recently paid a visit to King Saud University (KSU). The visit was part of introducing BAE Systems’ local engineering scholarship programme, through which the company will be sponsoring a number KSU’s engineering students. Emad met a number of Faculty of Engineering Students, who expressed great interest in the company’s initiative.
The programme is in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Prince Sultan Advanced Technologies Research Institute (PSATRI) at King Saud University. The MoU stipulates sponsoring up to 30 KSU engineering students, awarding prominent engineering research projects, providing engineering specialists from the company to deliver a number of lectures at PSATRI, as well as a number of joint research projects involving both organisations.
During his meeting with students, Engineer Emad said: “BAE Systems Saudi Arabia aims, through this five-year programme, to attract prominent engineers prior to their graduation and utilise their expertise in advanced technology fields.”
He added: “BAE Systems Saudi Arabia has developed a number of criteria to ensure it selects outstanding students. These criteria encompass nomination of students by respective departments, academic assessment, completion of third year of studies, as well as passing a personal interview.
“The interview will help gauge the student’s ambition, self-confidence, communication skills and competency level in English. After students meet the foregoing criteria, they will be enrolled in the local BAE Systems Saudi Arabia scholarship programme. In turn, they will receive a monthly allowance, training and development opportunities, and will have the opportunity to attend and contribute to activities, workshops and seminars held by the company. Throughout their studies, the students will be assessed in terms of their academic and educational attainment. This is the single factor that will determine whether a student will join the company or not. Nevertheless, the MoU does not oblige the student to join BAE Systems upon graduation.”
The company will assign a special coordinator to monitor the academic and educational achievement of students, as well as monitoring students’ graduation projects and research contributions, both on- and off-campus.
These activities are in line with BAE Systems Saudi Arabia’s corporate social responsibility approach and its home market strategy, which aims to capitalise on developing, qualified local talent. This is a first step in a series of activities that will be followed by a number of other Saudi universities in fields required by BAE Systems Saudi Arabia.
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