2004 News Story

Saudi-Japanese Automobile Institute graduates first batch

Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz will attend today’s ceremony for the first batch of graduates from the Saudi-Japanese Automobile Institute. The 200 highly-skilled auto service graduates are expected to take up jobs in the automobile sector immediately. Also attending will be a large number of automobile dealers and representatives from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Nearly 400 students are currently enrolled in the Institute, which offers intensive courses that directly correspond to the needs of auto industry in the Kingdom, with many local distributors of Japanese cars - Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda, Isuzu, Subaru and Daihatsu – as partners.

The Institute was built on land donated in 2002 by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The facility has 30 classrooms and two large workshops, with 80 vehicles provided for student training by Japanese manufacturers and their local distributors. The Institute, which opened a new era in the long-standing relations between the Kingdom and Japan, reflects the joint efforts of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).