Udacity announces partnership with Saudi Arabia’s National Online Learning Center to fill talent gaps across the country – FE News

Strategic partnership will enable digital leaders to execute talent transformation at scale and unlock innovation for the Kingdom

Udacity, the digital talent transformation platform, and the National eLearning Centre, an independent entity of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a leader in providing trusted online learning for all, today announced a strategic partnership to launch radical workforce transformation initiatives for institutions and businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Together, the two organizations will launch national programs with the private and government sectors to fill talent gaps in emerging digital technologies, such as autonomous systems, data science, AI, cloud and cybersecurity. By transforming the Saudi workforce, the partnership will strengthen the country’s tech economy, giving the Saudi people a clear competitive advantage in the ever-changing global job market.

Through public and private partnerships, Udacity educates employees around the world on basic and emerging technologies. Focusing on the acquisition and development of meaningful skills, Udacity Nanodegree programs consist of a combination of lessons and hands-on projects, designed by leading instructors to ensure students can apply their new skills in professional contexts.

Dr. Abdullah Alwalidi, CEO of NeLC, said:

“Partnering with Udacity as one of our key strategic partners for the national e-learning platform – FutureX, increases the opportunity for our learners and institutions to access more relevant and quality that helps foster the future workforce with 21st century skills and prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Through this strategically important partnership, we ensure that FutureX continuously supports to meet the labor market needs in the development of human capacities and the transformation of digital talents in the Kingdom.

“Our partnership with the National eLearning Center will create measurable value through high-impact digital talent initiatives, helping thousands of people gain job-ready skills,” said Samuel Schofield, CRO, Udacity. “Expanding the scale of Udacity in cooperation with NeLC will reach more people in the region and create substantial returns for individuals, businesses and organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Udacity’s societal impact activity is the best-in-class, largest and most effective talent transformation initiative of its kind in future-proofing societies and nations by empowering young people digital skills. In the MENA region, Udacity for Government has had successful collaborations over several years with the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Today, Udacity for Government equips millions of learners in 22 countries with the language of the future.

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