Esri and Prince Sultan University Advance GIS Education Through Strategic Partnership

Memorandum of Understanding with Institution Enhances GIS Curriculum and Research Opportunities

REDLANDS, Calif.—March 29, 2024— In a groundbreaking step for geographic information systems (GIS) education, Esri the world leader in location intelligence, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Saudi Arabia. The collaboration underscores PSU’s dedication to equipping its community with top-tier GIS capabilities, aiming to enrich its curriculum across diverse disciplines with Esri’s advanced technology and marking a milestone in academic excellence and GIS innovation for the region.

Under the agreement, PSU students and faculty will have access to Esri’s comprehensive GIS solutions, facilitating applications in urban planning, environmental management, spatial analysis, geological studies, and GeoAI research. The initiative is set to substantially enrich PSU’s educational offerings, creating an ecosystem where students can develop essential skills for a technologically advanced landscape.

“Our partnership with Prince Sultan University is a powerful affirmation of our mission to support the educational sector with advanced GIS technology,” said Toufic Yannieh, CEO of Esri Saudi Arabia. “This collaboration is set to revolutionize students’ educational experiences, providing them with the technological skills to thrive in a data-driven world.”

Emphasizing the significance of the agreement, Dr. Abdulhakim Almajid, Dean of the College of Engineering at Prince Sultan University added, “Joining forces with Esri sets a solid foundation for our students to excel in GIS, an indispensable tool in navigating the complexities of the modern world.”

The MOU Esri has signed with PSU is in line with the university’s mission to offer transformative educational experiences and contribute to societal advancement through pioneering education and research. The collaboration marks the beginning of a journey of exploration and innovation in GIS, ensuring PSU students are primed to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead in the field of GIS.


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