stc Announces Strategic Partnership with Project Management Institute (PMI)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Five-year Agreement will Help Build stc Project Management Capabilities through PMI Certifications  

stc, a leading provider of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and advanced digital solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for the project management profession, to build its project management capabilities. Included under the five-year agreement is that stc will pay the exam fees for more than 1,000 employees to pursue PMI certifications in project management, program management, portfolio management, agile practices, business analysis, and project scheduling.

The agreement builds on a long-standing relationship stc has with PMI Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as the Brightline Initiative, as it further demonstrates the organizations’ prioritization of training and capacity building. stc and PMI have committed to strengthening the community of project management professionals at stc through increased PMI certification opportunities. Earning a PMI certification signifies that the professional has mastered the strategies, tools, and skills needed to progress projects, which delivers value to their organization.

“The agreement with PMI strengthens our long-term relationship and will ensure that stc strategic initiatives remain on track,” said Mr. Ahmad Al Ghamdi, VP of People at stc and head of the stc Academy. “stc’s competency development framework is mapped directly to corporate strategy and project execution. PMI’s certifications are pillars in this framework and reinforce stc’s belief in the importance of project management.”

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with stc and to further enhance its project, program and portfolio management capacities,” said Eng. Grace Najjar, Managing Director of PMI MENA. “PMI certifications will ensure that stc team members possess the strategies and knowledge needed to translate its corporate strategies into concrete actions and to continue delivering substantive business value.”

This new agreement will strengthen the work of stc Academy, which operates a state-of-the art training environment and enjoys the full support of stc top management. In addition, stc’s project execution department, which includes the corporate project management office (CPMO), sits at the heart of the organization’s strategy execution and has a mandate to drive strategy execution and value delivery. The project execution department, along with stc Academy, are heavily invested in enhancing the maturity of project management across the group. A main beneficiary of this initiative is expected to be the Special Development Program (SDP) headed by Dr. Shaker Al Mahasna.

For more information about the PMI certifications stc employees can pursue under the agreement, visit  

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

PMI is the leading authority in project management, committed to advancing the project management profession to positively impact project success. We empower professionals to excel in project management practices through our growing global community, knowledge sharing, and best-in-class certifications—driving positive change in organizations and communities. Since 1969, our unwavering mission has been to advocate for the profession by offering life-long learning and connections to sharpen high-demand skills. Today, PMI provides professionals at every stage of their career journey with the globally recognized standards, online courses, thought leadership, events, and tools they need to succeed. With more than 300 chapters around the world, PMI members can network, find mentors, access career opportunities, and learn from peers, working together to drive greater impact.

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About stc

stc is a pioneer digital innovative organization offering a variety of ICT solutions and digital services in several categories including telecommunication, IT, financial technology, digital media, cyber security, and other advanced digital solutions. stc is leading the digital transformation nationally and regionally.  

stc is a company organized under the laws of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with its headquarters located in King Abdul Aziz Communications Complex, Al-Mursalat Area, P. O. Box 87912,  Riyadh 11652, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  (“stc”). The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. 

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