INNOVATIVE FUTURE

Saudi Arabia 2018-19 | EDUCATION | INTERVIEW

TBY talks to Hatem Bugshan, President of Education e-Solutionson, on the education sector.

Hatem Bugshan
BIOGRAPHY
Hatem Bugshan has received his PhD from University of London. His research stream is intellectual property rights and open innovation in the sector of ICT. He has published in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, and Qualitative Market Research. He has also presented his papers in international conferences.

What was behind the creation of Education E-Solutions, and what gap in the market did it fill?

Education E-Solutions was established four years ago with the main focus of riding the wave of technological transformation since the Saudi economy has been shifting away from oil-based toward knowledge driven. The technology sector is one of the main sectors driving this change. We took the opportunity to create digital solutions and e-platforms to engage the entire community. This includes connecting university, college, and school students through a common platform where ideas are created through their interactions. We provide digital platforms and invite experts, students, and universities to engage in a social community to tackle common challenges and co-create a vision of the future. As part of this, we have been introducing innovative technologies into the market, like VR, AR, and AI.

How would you assess the maturity of the digital economy in Saudi Arabia?

There has been significant improvement in the adoption of e-commerce, e-business, and e-education in both the private and public sectors. We can see several universities adopting and changing their content from physical and paperbased to digital. The goal of Vision 2030 is to have the private sector engage with the public sector to co-share an innovative future. The management of data is essential to reach this goal. All AI technologies and IoT will need data to achieve their potential possibly with the help of neural networks. It is absolutely key and comes from interactions—user-to-user, user-to-machine, and machine-to-machine—as we will see with machine learning or deep learning from AI. Our platform has to be attractive enough for all innovative companies to deploy their technologies and open their data for exchange.