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Uptime Institute Launches Data Center Academy in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, KSA – March 8, 2024  – Uptime Institute today announced the launch of the Uptime Institute Data Center Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Tuwaiq Academy and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The academy will train hundreds of individuals each year, supporting the Kingdom’s ambition to employ over five thousand new digital talents in commercial data centers within the next six years.

The Uptime Institute Data Center Academy aims to build and strengthen a sustainable ecosystem for the development of knowledge and skills in the digital infrastructure field in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The academy will provide candidates with comprehensive training, including formal and on-the-job training, continuous assessment, and support, educating them with the skills and expertise needed to start lucrative careers in the thriving digital infrastructure industry, encompassing the data center and network cabling sectors.

The initiative will contribute to enhancing the job market in the data center and related ICT sectors, building a robust national talent pool that supports the Saudi Vision 2030 Digital Transformation Agenda.

“This partnership aligns with Saudi Vision 2030 and the commitment of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to empower Saudi youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy,” said Ibrahim Al-Nasser, Deputy Minister for Future Jobs and Capabilities at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Mustapha Louni, Chief Business Officer of Uptime Institute, expressed pride in being part of Saudi Vision 2030 to build a successful digital society and contribute to accelerating the digital transformation process. The academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Tuwaiq Academy, aims to bridge the talent gap and support the expected growth in data center capacity. The integrated learning journey provided by the academy is designed to catalyze key sectors of the future economy.

Abdulaziz Alhammadi, CEO of Tuwaiq Academy, emphasized Tuwaiq Academy's role in empowering specialists with essential skills in the labor market, particularly in the field of data science. The academy aims to develop specialized Saudi capabilities in emerging technologies to meet the demands of the job market.

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority, and the author and exclusive certifier of the Tier Standards, which have been used in the design, construction, and operations of thousands of data center sites in more than 114 countries. Over ninety thousand digital infrastructure professionals from countries around the world have looked to Uptime Institute’s education programs to help them grow their business and advance their careers. The Uptime Institute Data Center Academy is actively engaging with local colleges and universities in the Kingdom to raise industry awareness and support among young Saudis and provide access to globally respected digital infrastructure education programs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority. With over 3,400 awards issued in over 114 countries around the globe, and over 1,000 currently active projects in 80+ countries, Uptime has helped thousands of companies optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

For over 30 years, the company has established industry-leading benchmarks for data center performance, resilience, sustainability, and efficiency, which provide customers assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform across a wide array of operating conditions at a level consistent with their individual business needs. Uptime’s Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the design, construction, and operation of data centers. Offerings include the organization’s Tier Standard and Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, and awards, SCIRA-FSI financial sector risk assessment, and a broad range of additional risk management, as well as performance, availability, and sustainability offerings. Uptime Education accredited training courses have been successfully completed by over 10,000 data center professionals and have now been expanded by the acquisition of CNet Training, Ltd. which has also trained over 80,000 digital infrastructure professionals.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with main offices in London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Riyadh, Singapore, and Taipei. For more information, please visit uptimeinstitute.com.

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