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Ohio Northern University establishes agreement to educate Saudi Arabian technology students

Apr 20, 2011

Ohio Northern University and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed an articulation agreement that provides TVTC students the opportunity to earn bachelor of science degrees from ONU in manufacturing technology and construction management.

Dr. Kendall Baker, Ohio Northern University president, and Dr. Mazyad Almohaileb, director general of the King Abdulla Scholarship Program, signed the agreement at ONU on Thursday, April 14.

The goal of agreement is to establish an international relationship that provides a first-class education to selected Saudi candidates who will help construction and manufacturing technologies in the industrial development of Saudi Arabia. In addition to the two degrees, the TVTC students will take courses in pedagogy, which will prepare them to teach technical coursework at the post-secondary level in Saudi Arabia upon completion of their studies at ONU. Five to seven new students will be accepted into each program per year.

“This agreement represents an outstanding opportunity for ONU to grow in cultural diversity and outreach to the world,” said Dr. David Rouch, chair of the Department of Technological Studies at ONU. “The leadership of Saudi Arabia has demonstrated a commitment to educational development and opportunity for its citizenship that is to be commended. We look forward to exposing the Saudi students to our culture and the benefits of developing efficient technological processes and capabilities through our manufacturing and construction curricula.”

The TVTC program was set up by the Saudi Arabian government to better equip the workforce in Saudi Arabia to meet the needs of the market. TVTC is working with various technical institutions and universities to offer courses in a variety of technological specialties, including electrical, electronics, computer, mechanical, communications, construction business and agriculture.

The King Abdullah Scholarship Program has been extended to the graduates of TVTC’s Technical Diploma Program under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program for Technical Trainers (KASPTT). The program expects that graduates awarded with the diploma will pursue education in the United States to advance their skills, experience and employment opportunities.