SAUDIA Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University to collaborate on increasing women’s empowerment efforts.
According to the MoU, the two sides will extend joint efforts to increase women’s presence in the commercial aviation industry through multifaceted training programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Norah Almotrefi, Dean of Applied College, and Rania Al-Turki, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at SAUDIA Group.
The MoU was signed on 19 October during the first annual Nourah Partners Exhibition at the University’s Conference Center. The MoU provides the framework for academic collaboration to launch training programs that cover the activities of SAUDIA Group and its subsidiaries. SAUDIA would also provide volunteering and internship opportunities as well as collaborative training for female students.
Hailing the remarkably constructive cooperation with a renowned academic institution such as Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Al-Turki said that the objectives of the MoU are in line with SAUDIA Group’s strong focus on academic learning and intensified training programs, two factors that are crucial to an ever-changing industry that thrives on innovation and creativity.
SAUDIA, she added, is pressing on with job localization that encompasses hiring more women throughout the group, from board membership and executive management, 10 of the group’s top executive positions are held by women, to the airline’s cabin crew, where 154 women are relied upon to fly guests in safety and comfort, as well as guest care relations, ground operations, and in-flight technical support teams.
SAUDIA, formerly known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The airline’s main operational base is at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam are secondary hubs.
The airline is the third largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 100 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is a comprehensive university for women, distinguished by its leadership in education and scientific research. It contributes to establishing a knowledge-based economy with societal and global partnerships.
In 2006, a royal decree was issued that established the first university for girls in Riyadh, under the supervision of the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and with the aim of serving the development and progress of the Kingdom.
The six existing colleges in the city were restructured and several new colleges established, and the university began operating in 2007 with the appointment of Dr. Al Jawhara bint Fahad Al Saud as its first Rector.
On October 29, 2008, the University was honored by a visit from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, when the foundation stone of the dormitory was laid. During his visit, His Majesty changed the University’s name to Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in tribute to the late sister of the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman.