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SAUDI ARABIA - Health & Education

Rajaa Moumena

CEO & Founder, Future Institute of Higher Education and Training

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Rajaa Moumena accomplished her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Manchester University Medical School in the UK and completed distance learning in Computer Science from Alabama University in the US.

"We are not only focused on physical expansion but also want to cement our brand reputation as well."
TBY talks to Rajaa Moumena, CEO & Founder of the Future Institute of Higher Education and Training, about highlights and milestones, expanding educational offerings, and goals and plans for the coming year.
What are the recent main highlights and milestones achieved since by Future Institute?


We held a successful event called the Futuristic Advancement Forum (27 January 2020) where we were able to dive deeper into where technology will take us in the future in terms of block chain. We had speakers from the US who discussed block chain, future use, and applications of chips. Our forum helped us gain confidence that Future Institute, through its speakers and workshops, can truly supplement knowledge to the community. Proudly, we invited Christian Kromme, Ian Khan and Elsa Sotiriadis. We are interested in holding and participating in events in order to further spread our know-how. Furthermore, we also want to continue to empower people in their jobs. In recent years, we also saw the need to focus on networking rather than just limiting ourselves to training alone. In Saudi Arabia, one issue before was the limited number of opportunities to network. Today, especially with many international companies coming to Saudi, there are plenty of opportunities to do so in the market.

How are you redesigning and expanding the content of the institute’s educational offerings?

We always analyze demand before expanding our offerings and develop different courses, depending on the market needs. I am currently working with the Ministry of Culture, as Saudi Arabia is currently heavily focused on the arts in all forms: performing arts, visual arts, music, and more. Vision 2030 is heavily embedded in all the 11 commissions of the Ministry of Culture, and we seek to work closely with them in order to be able to tailor the appropriate offerings to the community. The government is progressing rapidly, perhaps even more than some private entities, and we must catch up. There are large projects taking place in Saudi Arabia in terms of training, and the private sector needs to be part of this change. Additionally, Saudi Arabia provides many scholarships to Saudis, but it would be better if there are more domestic scholarships rather than international ones. There are excellent schools and training institutes in Saudi Arabia, and if we can bring together a group of qualified institutions, some training can be provided locally rather than internationally.

Initially offering courses just in Jeddah, the institute is now present virtually in other cities such as Riyadh and Medina. Can you elaborate on its expansion plans?


We are not only focused on physical expansion but also want to cement our brand reputation as well. Currently, we do not need to expand geographically, as companies can now be in Europe and have an office in Saudi Arabia. We are working more on international recognition. We want to collaborate more with international colleges and universities to present the best-quality training possible. We want to activate relevant international collaborations with other leading entities. This is our main objective now: expanding our collaborations with universities and colleges and widening our service and offerings with more programs.

What is the typical profile of individuals or companies that choose to work with the institute?


We work with high creative individuals such as those in design sectors. These are the people who seek our services because we are known for our ability to offer topics that no one else can. We engage creative people and collaborate with companies that are involved in design. For instance, we work with marketing companies or design companies that aims to empower their staff. IKEA and ID Design are a great example. These companies all have teams that need the expertise of these aspects of design and creation.

What are your plans and goals for the next year?


We want to reach out to a large number of individuals who need more support in their jobs. We are also working hard to work with the Human Resource Development Fund in order to win projects in different sectors. That is our biggest goal now. We have done two projects for the performing arts sector and hope to do more. I am also working side by side with the Fashion Commission. I hope we will be able to support artists or even encourage entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses. Our main concern now is helping people to stay in their jobs while becoming increasingly skillful.

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