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Prince Sultan University and American digital solutions company VMware have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch an Innovation Center equipped with VMware software and resources to give students, researchers and businesses hands-on experience with solutions transformative solutions for application modernization, cloud, networking, security and the digital workplace.

The MoU was signed under the patronage of Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Saudi Arabia.

The Innovation Center, which is expected to start operating in the first half of the year, will help foster a culture of learning and develop skills in real-world information and communications technology, while providing a valuable resource to ongoing research projects at PSU by expanding access to VMware solutions.

The center will also be used to demonstrate the benefits of VMware solutions to local customers and partners, with the goal of helping accelerate digital transformation within the local business community.

Dr. Ahmed Yamani, President of PSU, said: “The Innovation Center is intended to stimulate innovation, research and learning at the university, as well as among local companies and partners who wish to adopt a cloud-centric. By helping a wide range of people and organizations gain experience with VMware solutions, the Innovation Center will play an important role in advancing Saudi Arabia’s digitalization agenda in line with Vision 2030. »

The Innovation Center will be equipped with the full suite of VMware solutions and showcase disruptive technologies such as edge computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, machine learning and Kubernetes.

Saif Mashat, Country Director, Saudi Arabia, VMware, said, “We are proud to partner with Prince Sultan University for the Innovation Center. VMware is committed to education and knowledge transfer, and I believe this initiative will help give young people, researchers, and businesses the knowledge they need to innovate and grow their digital transformation plans.

VMware is dedicated to empowering teachers in Saudi Arabia. In June 2021, PSU and VMware began discussions to create a regional VMware IT Academy to support digital skills development for young people in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals.

The VMware IT Academy works with a global network of educational institutions to provide students with access to high-quality learning certification opportunities and hands-on lab experiences with VMware technologies. The company offers a free curriculum and materials, with the goal of helping students kick-start their careers in software. Over the past year, the VMware IT Academy has partnered with more than 2,400 institutions in 93 countries, reaching more than 48,000 students.

The American company is helping to develop ICT education and skills as part of its VMware 2030 program, a ten-year commitment to address the critical challenges facing the global community.