Esri Saudi Arabia and King Saud University Form Strategic Partnership to Advance GIS Education and Research

Memorandum of Understanding to Foster Technological Innovation by Providing Education Resources

REDLANDS, Calif.—March 29, 2024Esri, the global leader in location intelligence has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia. The agreement is intended to enhance the role of geographic information system (GIS) technology in educational programs and research projects in the region while fostering innovation by providing cutting-edge GIS resources.

This strategic collaboration will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, the development of specialized GIS courses, and the provision of Esri software to KSU’s students and faculty. It marks a significant step towards integrating geospatial technology into various academic disciplines, thereby preparing students for the challenges of the digital age.

“Our collaboration with King Saud University reflects our commitment to empowering the next generation of GIS professionals,” stated Toufic Yannieh, CEO of Esri Saudi Arabia. “Integrating Esri’s technology and resources into KSU’s curriculum opens the door to groundbreaking innovations in GIS research and education.”

GIS education fosters problem-solving and communication skills, allowing learners to integrate information across disciplines and reveal relationships between places and phenomena. This understanding is facilitated by mapping and the sharing of data.

“Partnering with Esri Saudi Arabia provides our students and faculty with unparalleled access to industry-leading GIS technology,” said Dr. Mofareh Qoradi, head of the GIS department at KSU. “This collaboration is not just about software; it’s about shaping the future of GIS education and opening new pathways for research and innovation. The university plans to leverage ArcGIS for its data integration, analysis, visualization, and storytelling capabilities, enhancing both interdisciplinary research and education.”

Esri’s ArcGIS software, a GIS industry standard, equips students to address various social and environmental challenges, positioning them for success in numerous professions worldwide.


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Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in hundreds of thousands of organizations globally, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial technology and analytics, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions that leverage a geographic approach to solving some of the world’s most complex problems by placing them in the crucial context of location. Visit us at

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