DUBAI: Najran University today announced has ramped up its ability to better reach and educate Saudi youth.
In a wide-ranging project, the ambitious educational institution is deploying a range of high-tech solutions to optimise key operations and connect with its most extensive pool of students yet.
Najran University is working with Global Application Delivery Networking leader F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) to improve the performance and security of its data centre, application and web portals. F5 will also ensure high availability, scalability and security for its web server, and optimise Najran University’s various virtualisation initiatives.
The project is seen as integral to the University’s overall expansion plan, which includes a greater online presence for better student services and interactivity, as well as an ambitious e-learning programme to serve students in remote areas.
“The Kingdom’s future depends on its growing youth population, so it is essential that the infrastructure exists to empower and educate in the most effective manner possible,” said Abduwahab Al Hazmi, Director of Information Technology, Najran University.
“Najran University is doing everything step up its efforts in this respect, including using the latest IT solutions to optimise every aspect of our operations and reaching our widest pool of students yet through our remote learning facility. In order to provide a valuable, lasting contribution the Kingdom’s education plans we need to be quick, we need to be adaptable and we need to be accessible. Teaming up with F5 Networks gives us a chance to be all of those things and to make a real positive impact on student prospects.”
Situated in one of the Kingdom’s fastest growing areas, Najran University is set to play an influential role in Saudi Arabia’s education diversification plans. The University is already one of largest in the country, comprising male and female campuses spread over an area of 18 million square meters.
Najran University’s bid to improve its overall performance and inclusiveness feeds into government plans to tackle youth by improving the quality and access to education across the country. Earlier this year, King Abdullah approved a five-year plan worth more than 80 billion riyals ($21.33 billion) to develop Saudi Arabia’s education sector, including training 25,000 new teachers and establishing a host of new educational centers.
Reaching students in remote areas is likely to form a key part of this strategy, with recent initiatives including the launch of a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) pilot by the Ministry of Labor and edX, a US-based nonprofit MOOC provider.
“Najran University is a fast-growing and hugely dynamic educational institution that will only gain in importance as the Saudi government continues to invest improved education measures across the country,” said Mamduh Allam, Saudi Arabia General Manager, F5 Networks.
“F5 Networks is proud to support Najran University’s efforts to expand and empower significant new numbers of students.”