Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 | Page 10

NEWS KSA college selects Blackboard Learn Ultra to support Digital Transformation A Kensara. “That’s why we decided to replace a homegrown solution with a new cloud-based LMS and reap the benefits of this type of deployment, including zero downtime updates and quicker delivery of enhancements and new features.” B lackboard, one of the world’s largest education technology companies, has announced that Batterjee Medical College (BMC), the largest specialised private medical college in Saudi Arabia, has selected Blackboard Learn Ultra as the new Learning Management System (LMS) for more than 2,000 students. BMC will leverage Learn Ultra to introduce blended learning, employ new interactive assessment methods and enable anywhere-anytime teaching and learning opportunities. “In line with Saudi’s Vision 2030 educational objectives, BMC has embarked on a Digital Transformation process,” said BMC Dean, Dr Osama After thorough evaluation, BMC selected Blackboard Learn Ultra over competing solutions for its user-friendly interface and streamlined workflows. “We wanted to take teaching and learning to the next level but found we could not implement innovative strategies without a powerful, flexible LMS to support our teachers and our learners,” said Dr Maher N Alandiyjany, Quality Assurance Consultant at BMC. “We have always led the adoption of best practices in education and our Digital Transformation will be no exception. We needed a state-of- the-art LMS to support this evolution, and Blackboard Learn Ultra is the perfect fit for us,” added Dr Kensara. ////////////////// MCIT and Nokia to launch Nokia R&D unit for developing software in KSA T he Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has entered into an agreement with Nokia to launch the Nokia R&D unit for developing software in KSA. The agreement was signed by HE Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng Haitham Bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Ohali, and Amr K El Leithy, Head of the Middle East and Africa Market, Nokia, in the presence of HE Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng Abdullah Bin Amer Alswaha and Rajeev Suri, the President and CEO of Nokia. The co-operation aims to establish a Nokia software development unit and Bell Labs Research Unit in KSA. An agreement has been signed by MCIT and Nokia to launch the Nokia R&D unit in KSA In addition, the co-operation envisages establishment of a maintenance centre for base station components. The centre will primarily serve KSA and will possibly cover Gulf Co-operation Council members in the future. Based on the co-operation, Nokia experts will provide ICT consultancy services, and present trends and opportunities especially in areas such as spectrum allocation. Additionally, local talent development training programmes and collaboration programmes in 5G and IoT will be established. Furthermore, it will also envisage MCIT supporting Nokia in joint programmes together with the Saudi Digital Academy. Both parties will work on accelerating the efforts in Digital Transformation of the energy sector, by developing the digital skills of the sector’s staff members to realise Saudi ICT Strategy 2023 that aims to establish a strong digital infrastructure. 10 INTELLIGENTCIO